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Courage, Persistence and Strength: Read a Q&A with Lisa See about her new novel, The Island of Sea Women

April 8, 2019

About the author: Lisa See is the New York Times bestselling author of The Island of Sea Women, The Tea Girl of Hummingbird Lane, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Peony in Love, Shanghai Girls, China Dolls, and Dreams of Joy, which debuted at #1. She is also the author of On Gold Mountain, which tells the story of her Chinese American family’s settlement in […] - Read more

Great Australian Crime With Twists Galore: Read an extract from River of Salt by Dave Warner

Start reading now The year in 1961, and in River of Salt, Blake Saunders and his older brother, Jimmy, are working for the Philadelphia mob. Blake is a hitman, a reluctant one to say the least. But he’s good at his job even though he doesn’t enjoy it and with their mother dead and their dead-beat […] - Read more

Walking in their shoes: Read a Q&A with Mary-Anne O’Connor about her new book, In a Great Southern Land

April 5, 2019

About the author Mary-Anne O’Connor has a combined arts education degree with specialities in environment, music and literature. She works in marketing and co-wrote/edited A Brush with Light and Secrets of the Brush with Kevin Best. Mary-Anne lives in a house overlooking her beloved bushland in northern Sydney with her husband Anthony, their two sons Jimmy and Jack, and […] - Read more

Written In The Stars: Recommended Reads Based On Your Zodiac Sign

April 4, 2019

Deciding what to read – or buy for some else – can be tricky. To help, here’s a guide to the kind of books on the Better Reading Top 100 that would suit each star sign… Sometimes these things are just written in the stars. Aries The warrior Aries reader craves passionate stories with independent […] - Read more

Enthralling Historical Fiction: Read an Extract from The Island of Sea Women by Lisa See

Start reading now The Island of Sea Women by New York Times bestselling author Lisa See is a riveting exploration of female friendship, the intricacies of families, working women and the power of turbulent world events to impact on our closest relationships. Best friends Mi-ja and Young-sook live on the island of Jeju, a Korean island […] - Read more

Bookmark or Dog Ear? What’s Your Verdict?

  There are two types of people in the world. Those who use bookmarks… and those who dog ear the corners of a page. And the divide between the two is wide. Many booklovers believe there’s no excuse for dog-earing pages, and that damaging a book is unforgivable. Beware anyone who borrows a book from […] - Read more

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Game Changing Medical Thriller: Read an Extract from Susan Hurley’s Eight Lives

April 3, 2019

Start reading now ‘All things are poison, and nothing is without poison; the dosage alone makes it so a thing is not a poison.’ David Tran is the golden boy of Australian medical research. A former refugee, David arrived in Australia in the late 1970s with his mother, and after whizzing through school and graduating […] - Read more

Losing Love and Finding Love: Read an Extract From Melina Marchetta’s The Place on Dalhousie

Start reading now Melina Marchetta’s new book, The Place on Dalhousie, is funny, sad and wonderful. A tale full of heart that is as much about what separates us as what draws us together. Storytelling at its best and purest, casually, breezily told, yet wielding immense emotional power – I loved it. It all begins far away […] - Read more

‘Gal Reporters’: The French Photographer author Natasha Lester on the difficulties faced by female war correspondents

About the author: Natasha Lester worked as a marketing executive before returning to university to study creative writing. She completed a Master of Creative Arts as well as her first novel, What Is Left Over, After, which won the T.A.G. Hungerford Award for Fiction. Her second novel, If I Should Lose You, was published in 2012, followed by A […] - Read more