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Fatal Crossing by Lone Theils

June 20, 2017

Scandinavian noir wrapped in a British coat, Fatal Crossing has all the satisfying twists and turns of a slow-burn thriller, with a smart, relatable lead in Nora Sands. It’s an exciting and well-turned-out debut by a writer who knows her craft. As London-based foreign correspondent for Danish news weekly Gobalt, Nora Sands isn’t easily rattled. […] - Read more


Start Reading ‘Fatal Crossing’ by Lone Theils

Scandinavian noir wrapped in a British coat, Fatal Crossing has all the satisfying twists and turns of a slow-burn thriller, with a smart, relatable lead in Nora Sands. It’s an exciting and well-turned-out debut by a writer who knows her craft. As London-based foreign correspondent for Danish news weekly Gobalt, Nora Sands isn’t easily rattled. […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Persons Unknown by Susie Steiner

June 19, 2017

Why we love it: Susie Steiner’s follow-up to the incisive, page-turning Missing, Presumed, is another stunning achievement. Persons Unknown is scintillating, funny, clever, and features the sort of feisty female detective we adore. When we last met Manon Bradshaw, she was portrayed as a dysfunctional but high-achieving Detective Inspector, looking in all the wrong places for […] - Read more


Start Reading ‘Persons Unknown’ by Susie Steiner

Start reading here! Why we love it: Susie Steiner’s follow-up to the incisive, page-turning Missing, Presumed, is another stunning achievement. Persons Unknown is scintillating, funny, clever, and features the sort of feisty female detective we adore. When we last met Manon Bradshaw, she was a dysfunctional but high-achieving Detective Inspector, looking in all the wrong places […] - Read more


Better Reading Book Club: ‘Ginny Moon’ by Benjamin Ludwig

June 14, 2017

We’re excited to announce our next Book Club will be streamed live on Facebook at 8pm (AEST) Wednesday, 5 July 2017. We will discuss Benjamin Ludwig’s Ginny Moon. You can read our review here. Ginny Moon is a compulsively readable and touching novel about being an outsider trying to find a place to belong and making sense of a […] - Read more


Start Reading ‘Before We Were Yours’ by Lisa Wingate

June 13, 2017

Start reading here! Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate packs an emotional punch and is a book you won’t easily forget. Born into a privileged political family, lawyer Avery has a glittering future path all carved out for her, alongside her US Senator father, and sporting her childhood sweetheart Elliot’s diamond ring on her finger. But an unusual […] - Read more


Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate

Before We Were Yours by Lisa Wingate packs an emotional punch and is a book you won’t easily forget. ‘The story she tells is heartbreaking and mesmerizing,’ muses key character Avery Stafford in the novel – those words could equally describe the writing of Lisa Wingate, in this compelling and powerful story, somewhat inspired by true events. Born into […] - Read more


Bushfires, Landscape, and Writing by Eliza Henry-Jones

Written by Eliza Henry-Jones Bushfires have always been in my life, but peripheral. The fires of my life have been ghosts, rather than monsters. Light and ephemeral. Not consuming. I’ve driven through them in the bush and watched television footage of my family’s house engulfed by smoke in the hills. I’ve evacuated and I’ve watered […] - Read more


Start Reading Our Book of the Week ‘Ache’ by Eliza Henry-Jones

Start reading here! Why we love it: On its surface the storyline is simple, but underneath that simplicity is a collision of deafening conflicts, catastrophe, and regenerations. Eliza Henry-Jones stunned the Australian literary world with her debut novel In the Quiet, and this much-anticipated second novel Ache is a refinement of Eliza’s beautiful poetic voice. A bushfire […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Ache by Eliza Henry-Jones

Why we love it: On its surface the storyline is simple, but underneath that simplicity is a collision of deafening conflicts, catastrophe, and regenerations. Eliza Henry-Jones stunned the Australian literary world with her debut novel In the Quiet, and this much-anticipated second novel Ache is a refinement of Eliza’s beautiful poetic voice. A bushfire ravages Annie’s mountain […] - Read more


Podcast: Inside the Lindt Cafe Siege with Survivor Louisa Hope

June 7, 2017

On May 24 2017 the NSW Coroner Michael Barnes handed down his report into the 2014 Sydney Lindt cafe siege, in which cafe manager Tori Johnson and Sydney barrister and mother-of-three Katrina Dawson lost their lives. A subsequent ABC Four Corners program made for painful viewing, as it revealed many systemic and procedural failures had occurred. Following the inquest, Better […] - Read more


Start Reading ‘A Talent For Murder’ By Andrew Wilson

June 6, 2017

Start reading here! In a plot worthy of the grand dame of crime herself, Andrew Wilson conjures a delightfully chilling explanation for an event that has intrigued Agatha Christie biographers for close to a century: what happened to the mother of mystery when she disappeared for 11 days in 1926? This novel dares to answer […] - Read more


A Talent for Murder by Andrew Wilson

In a plot worthy of the grand dame of crime herself, Andrew Wilson conjures a delightfully chilling explanation for an event that’s intrigued Agatha Christie biographers for close to a century: what happened to the mother of mystery when she disappeared for 11 days in 1926? This novel dares to answer that question. And in […] - Read more


Start Reading Defectors by Joseph Kanon

Start reading here! Why we loved it: These days it’s tough to find a thriller that’s fast-paced, prophetic and erudite, without using familiar tricks of genre or storytelling along the way. Joseph Kanon’s latest offering, Defectors, is rich with nostalgia, reminiscent of the Cold War paranoia that characterised John le Carré’s spy novels, while offering […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Defectors by Joseph Kanon

Why we loved it: These days it’s tough to find a thriller that’s fast-paced, prophetic and erudite, without using familiar tricks of genre or storytelling along the way. Joseph Kanon’s latest offering, Defectors, is rich with nostalgia, reminiscent of the Cold War paranoia that characterised John le Carré’s spy novels, while offering a dramatic family […] - Read more


Start Reading ‘The Romance Reader’s Guide to Life’ by Sharon Pywell

June 5, 2017

Start reading here Enter a darkly humorous world of magical realism and juxtaposition in Sharon Pywell’s The Romance Reader’s Guide to Life. This novel compares the lives of sisters Lilly and Neave with the plot of The Pirate Lover, a book Neave stole and read secretly as a child. It made her dream of a world […] - Read more


Stars Across The Ocean by Kimberley Freeman

May 30, 2017

Make sure you have a free evening, because after you’ve read the heartrending Stars Across The Ocean by talented Kimberley Freeman, you’re going to want to jump in your car, drive to your mother’s house and give her the longest hug. Stars Across The Ocean is a stunning accomplishment from prolific author Kimberley Freeman. Under this […] - Read more


Book of the Week: The Lucky One by Caroline Overington

Why we love it: The Lucky One is a gripping psychological crime thriller set in the heart of Californian wine country. The Alden Castle Estate, an old rich house, reminiscent of English Gothic castles, has ominously overlooked the sleepy little town of Paso – quickly becoming a hipster little town – for over one hundred years. The […] - Read more


Start Reading ‘The Lucky One’ by Caroline Overington

Start reading here! Why we love it: The Lucky One is a gripping psychological crime thriller set in the heart of Californian wine country. The Alden Castle Estate, an old rich house, reminiscent of English Gothic castles, has ominously overlooked the sleepy little town of Paso – quickly becoming a hipster little town – for over one […] - Read more


Start Reading ‘Stars Across the Ocean’ by Kimberley Freeman

Start reading here! Make sure you have a free evening, because after you’ve read the heartrending Stars Across The Ocean by talented Kimberley Freeman, you’re going to want to jump in your car, drive to your mother’s house and give her the longest hug. Stars Across The Ocean is a stunning accomplishment from prolific author Kimberley […] - Read more


No Place to Lay One’s Head by Francoise Frenkel

‘That night, I understood how I had been able to withstand the oppressive atmosphere of those last years in Berlin . . . I loved my bookstore, the way a woman loves, that is to say, truly.’ Initially published in Geneva 1945, Frenkel’s memoir was forgotten and only discovered many years later in a second […] - Read more


Start Reading ‘No Place To Lay One’s Head’ by Francoise Frenkel

Start reading here! ‘That night, I understood how I had been able to withstand the oppressive atmosphere of those last years in Berlin . . . I loved my bookstore, the way a woman loves, that is to say, truly.’ Initially published in Geneva 1945, Frenkel’s memoir was forgotten and only discovered many years later […] - Read more


The Romance Reader’s Guide to Life by Sharon Pywell

Enter a darkly humorous world of magical realism and juxtaposition in Sharon Pywell’s The Romance Reader’s Guide to Life. This novel compares the lives of sisters Lilly and Neave with the plot of The Pirate Lover, a book Neave stole and read secretly as a child. It made her dream of a world more exotic than […] - Read more


And the Winners are… The Australian Book Industry Awards 2017!

May 26, 2017

We were at the biggest night of the year in the Australian book industry last night. It’s like the Academy Awards for books, with all the shortlisted authors arriving on the gold carpet in anticipation of the results. Among the stellar cast of presenters were international guests Pulitzer Prize winner 2017 Colson Whitehead and Man Booker […] - Read more



Start Reading ‘The Song of Us’ by J. D. Barrett

May 23, 2017

Start reading here! Using a backdrop of death, J.D. Barrett has created a wonderful story about life, love, and music. Zoe Wylde is a harpist who plays music for the dying. She lives with her brother Tom in the family house at Bondi, until her estranged father and stepmother decide to sell the place. Zoe has […] - Read more


The Song of Us by J. D. Barrett

Using a backdrop of death, J.D. Barrett has created a wonderful story about life, love, and music. Zoe Wylde is a harpist who plays music for the dying. She lives with her brother Tom in the family house at Bondi, until her estranged father and stepmother decide to sell the place. Zoe has found her soul […] - Read more


Start Reading ‘The Stars Are Fire’ by Anita Shreve

Start reading here! Why we love it: What would you do if you lost everything in one night? That’s the question Anita Shreve invokes in her newest masterpiece The Stars are Fire. The Stars are Fire focuses on heroine Grace Holland, a pregnant mid-20s mother who flees with two toddlers from her home right before it burns […] - Read more


Book of the Week: The Stars Are Fire by Anita Shreve

Why we love it: What would you do if you lost everything in one night? That’s the question Anita Shreve invokes in her newest masterpiece The Stars are Fire. The Stars are Fire focuses on heroine Grace Holland, a pregnant mid-20s mother who flees with two toddlers from her home right before it burns to the ground. […] - Read more


Start Reading ‘Quicksand’ by Malin Persson Giolito

Start reading here! If you could somehow peel back the headlines of a horrific crime and see what lurks beneath, weave through the courtroom drama to reach the accused as she sits in the dock . . . Who would you find? A callous monster? A prisoner of circumstance? Or a story so complex it […] - Read more


Quicksand by Malin Persson Giolito

If you could somehow peel back the headlines of a horrific crime and see what lurks beneath, weave through the courtroom drama to reach the accused as she sits in the dock . . . Who would you find? A callous monster? A prisoner of circumstance? Or a story so complex it would take a […] - Read more


Q&A With Natasha Lester, author of ‘Her Mother’s Secret’

Her Mother’s Secret is the latest book from Australian author Natasha Lester, which is a sweeping story of love, ambition, and courage in the face of society’s disapproval. In England 1918, Leonora secretly makes cosmetics in her father’s chemist shop, until a series of tragedies force her to board a ship to New York City. Along […] - Read more


Author Di Morrissey Wins Lifetime Achievement Award

May 19, 2017

One of Australia’s best loved authors, Di Morrissey, will be awarded a lifetime achievement award at the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA) on May 25. Morrissey is to be the well-deserved recipient of the Lloyd O’Neil Award, an award that recognises the long service of individuals in the Australian book world. Di Morrissey is one of the Australia’s […] - Read more

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An Ordinary Family Photo, An Extraordinary Story: The inspiration behind Congo Dawn by Katherine Scholes

May 18, 2017

Written by Katherine Scholes An ordinary family photo – the kind we pin on our fridges – was one of the inspirations for Congo Dawn. The people in the picture are strangers to me but I’ve been haunted by their faces for as long as I can remember. The photo, showing two adults and four […] - Read more


Start Reading ‘The Good Girl Stripped Bare’ by Tracey Spicer

May 16, 2017

Read A Chapter Here You may know Tracey Spicer from her time at the news desk, but when she steps out from behind it you’ll look into the life of an intelligent, funny feminist who is willing to share her toughest moments alongside her biggest achievements. Starting out as a self-admitted bogan from Brisbane, Spicer […] - Read more


The Good Girl Stripped Bare by Tracey Spicer

Reviewed by Kassie Bush You may know Tracey Spicer from her time at the news desk, but when she steps out from behind it you’ll look into the life of an intelligent, funny feminist who is willing to share her toughest moments alongside her biggest achievements. Starting out as a self-admitted bogan from Brisbane, Spicer […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan

May 15, 2017

‘People couldn’t care less. They get plenty of fables and characters, they’ve got adventures and plot twists coming out their ears. People have had enough of well-constructed intrigue, clever plot hooks, and denouements. . . . they want to be told about life, don’t you see?’ Why we loved it: Whether you agree with Delphine or […] - Read more


Start Reading ‘Based On a True Story’ by Delphine de Vigan

Start reading here! ‘People couldn’t care less. They get plenty of fables and characters, they’ve got adventures and plot twists coming out their ears. People have had enough of well-constructed intrigue, clever plot hooks, and denouements. . . . they want to be told about life, don’t you see?’ Why we loved it: Whether you agree […] - Read more


Ginny Moon by Benjamin Ludwig

Touching, humane and compelling, Benjamin Ludwig has created a complex portrait of a young girl who sees the world so very differently from those around her – and, at times, far more painfully clearly. Readers will warm to this atypical heroine, who will break your heart and give you unexpected insights into some of society’s greatest […] - Read more


Read the Opening Pages of ‘Ginny Moon’ by Benjamin Ludwig

Start reading here! Touching, humane and compelling, Benjamin Ludwig has created a complex portrait of a young girl who sees the world so very differently from those around her – and, at times, far more painfully clearly. Readers will warm to this atypical heroine, who will break your heart and give you unexpected insights into some […] - Read more


The Hot Guy by Mel Campbell and Anthony Morris

Everyone knows at least one. Maybe not personally, but maybe they’re always at a bar you frequent, or they catch the same bus, or they’re the receptionist at your work. You might not talk to them all that much, but you can never really resist letting your eyes linger just a little longer than they […] - Read more


Start Reading ‘The Hot Guy’ by Mel Campbell and Anthony Morris

Start reading here Everyone knows at least one. Maybe not personally, but maybe they’re always at a bar you frequent, or they catch the same bus, or they’re the receptionist at your work. You might not talk to them all that much, but you can never really resist letting your eyes linger just a little […] - Read more


Sydney Writers’ Festival Giveaway: Sarah Wilson ‘First, We Make The Beast Beautiful’

May 11, 2017

Sarah Wilson’s motivational memoir First, We Make the Beast Beautiful has dominated the Top Ten Non-Fiction charts all year long, and now we are giving you a chance to win 1 of 5 x double passes to see Sarah at the Sydney Writers’ Festival. To win, comment on the Facebook post, explaining in 25 words or less […] - Read more


Sydney Writers’ Festival Giveaway: Jimmy Barnes (Parramatta)

Wow, 5 x doubles passes to giveaway to see Aussie legend Jimmy Barnes discuss his bestselling memoir ‘Working Class Boy.’ To win, comment on the Facebook post, explaining in 25 words or less why you love Jimmy Barnes, then tag the friend you want to bring along. Winners announced 11am Monday 15 May. When: Friday, 26 […] - Read more


Sydney Writers’ Festival Giveaway: Reworking the Classics

We have 5 x double passes to giveaway for the Sydney Writers’ Festival event Reworking the Classics. To win, comment on the Facebook post, explaining in 25 words or less why you want to go, then tag the friend you are going to bring along. Winners announced 11am Monday 15 May. Don’t miss your chance to […] - Read more


Sydney Writers’ Festival Giveaway: Di Morrissey: A Distant Journey

We are giving a way 5 X double passes to see Di Morrissey at the Sydney Writers’ Festival. All you have to do is comment on the Facebook post and explain in 25 words or less why you deserve to win, then tag the friend you want to bring along. Winners announced 11am, Monday 15 […] - Read more


Sydney Writers’ Festival Giveaway: Ian Rankin – Rather be the Devil (Parramatta)

May 10, 2017

We are giving away 5 double passes to see Ian Rankin at the Sydney Writers’ Festival! He will be in conversation with much-loved Australian crime novelist, Candice Fox. To enter the competition, comment on the Facebook post and explain in 25 words or less why you love Ian Rankin’s novels so much, then tag the friend you’re […] - Read more


Start Reading ‘Jewel In the North’ by Tricia Stringer

Start reading here Rural Australia, 1895. The Flinders Ranges are a harsh and unforgiving place for the British pastoralists recently moved in. They’ve built up their properties from scratch, but three generations of working the land is not very long at all. It’s a beautiful but difficult landscape down in South Australia, and the Baker […] - Read more


Jewel In The North by Tricia Stringer

May 9, 2017

Rural Australia, 1895. The Flinders Ranges are a harsh and unforgiving place for the British pastoralists recently moved in. They’ve built up their properties from scratch, but three generations of working the land is not very long at all. It’s a beautiful but difficult landscape down in South Australia, and the Baker family have been […] - Read more


Book of the Week: ‘Beyond the Rock’ by Janelle McCulloch

May 8, 2017

Why we love it: If Australian classic Picnic at Hanging Rock didn’t already have you fascinated, you sure will be left wondering after Janelle McCulloch’s analysis of author Joan Lindsay. After the now-iconic novel was released in 1967, and subsequently turned into a film of the same name eight years later, there was one prominent […] - Read more


Start Reading ‘Beyond the Rock’ by Janelle McCulloch

Start reading here Why we love it: If Australian classic Picnic at Hanging Rock didn’t already have you fascinated, you sure will be left wondering after Janelle McCulloch’s analysis of author Joan Lindsay. After the now-iconic novel was released in 1967, and subsequently turned into a film of the same name eight years later, there […] - Read more


Weekend Read: The Red Hunter by Lisa Unger

The Red Hunter is a deftly layered, thought-provoking psychological thriller that cuts deep into the hearts and minds of its well-drawn characters – as each is drawn closer to the dark events that connect them. Lisa Unger raises haunting questions of justice versus revenge, and her masterful grip on suspense will leave you on edge until the […] - Read more


Start Reading ‘The Red Hunter’ by Lisa Unger

Read the opening chapter! The Red Hunter is a deftly layered, thought-provoking psychological thriller, that cuts deep into the hearts and minds of its well-drawn characters – as each is drawn closer to the dark events that connect them. Lisa Unger raises haunting questions of justice versus revenge, and her masterful grip on suspense will leave you […] - Read more


Start Reading ‘The Shadow Land’ by Elizabeth Kostova

May 4, 2017

Start reading here! The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova is a staggering, atmospheric, and mysterious novel, hitting the sweet spot between literary fiction and page-turner by portraying one woman’s fight to redeem with the backdrop of a mystical Bulgaria. It’s contemporary writing at its finest. It evokes the bestselling achievements of other works of literature […] - Read more


Atmospheric and Mysterious: Elizabeth Kostova’s latest novel ‘The Shadow Land’

Reviewed by Jack Stanton The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova is a staggering, atmospheric, and mysterious novel, hitting the sweet spot between literary fiction and page-turner by portraying one woman’s fight to redeem with the backdrop of a mystical Bulgaria. It’s contemporary writing at its finest. It evokes the bestselling achievements of other works of […] - Read more


Start reading ‘Silly Isles’ by Eric Campbell

Start reading here If you’re staying on Galapagos and notice a plume of smoke rising above the national park headquarters or the sickly smell of gas, here’s what it probably is: Ecuadorian riot police firing tear gas canisters to stop local residents assaulting park rangers. Hang on . . . what? Eric Campbell’s latest book […] - Read more


Silly Isles by Eric Campbell

If you’re staying on Galapagos and notice a plume of smoke rising above the national park headquarters or the sickly smell of gas, here’s what it probably is: Ecuadorian riot police firing tear gas canisters to stop local residents assaulting park rangers. Hang on . . . what? Eric Campbell’s latest book Silly Isles is […] - Read more

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The Next Better Reading Book Club Is… Classics

Click here to join our live audience ‘A classic is a book which with each rereading offers as much of a sense of discovery as the first reading.’ – Italo Calvino Our next Better Reading Live Book Club is on Wednesday, 31 May at the usual time, 8pm (AEST), on our Facebook page. Can you […] - Read more


Mum and I: Nikki Gemmell reflects on the complexities of her mother

May 3, 2017

Written by Nikki Gemmell You know, it feels like transgression to say what I am going to say: My mother was the love of my life, but she was also the hate of it. She knew my Achilles heel like no one else, and oh my God she went for it. No one could fell […] - Read more


Tracey Spicer Podcast

May 2, 2017

Listen to Tracey Spicer on the Better Reading Podcast Tracey Spicer’s debut ‘femoir’ – part memoir, part manifesto – The Good Girl Stripped Bare is all about the institutionalised barriers facing women in the workplace and encourages us all to shake off the shackles of the good girl. With idiosyncratic wit, humour, and sensibility, Tracey reflects […] - Read more


The River Sings by Sandra Leigh Price

A small girl, the apple of her father’s eye. A small wooden doll. Romany ways. The power of an ancient river. A house with its own tide. The strength of a mother’s love. Sandra Leigh Price’s The River Sings packs an emotional punch. In her second novel, there’s no escaping the emotion sewn into each […] - Read more


Sandra Leigh Price: A note about the inspiration behind The River Sings

Written by Sandra Leigh Price Who can say what sparks the idea for a book? For me, it’s not just one idea – rather, it’s a kind of a weaving of many ideas, many inspirations, until it is hard to find the first thread. One such thread was the memory of Dickens’s character Fagin, who […] - Read more


Sneak-Peek Into ‘The River Sings’ by Sandra Leigh Price!

Start reading here A small girl, the apple of her father’s eye. A small wooden doll. Romany ways. The power of an ancient river. A house with its own tide. The strength of a mother’s love. Sandra Leigh Price’s The River Sings packs an emotional punch. Her second book with HarperCollins, there’s no escaping the […] - Read more


Walkaway by Cory Doctorow

May 1, 2017

Reviewed by Jack Stanton Walkaway is one of the most original, entertaining, and imaginative books I’ve read in ages. Cory’s characters are wild, hilarious, and acerbic, and his prose is effortlessly readable and engaging. I couldn’t stop reading this book until the end. And like all good fiction it gives you an afterglow, where certain […] - Read more


Read an Extract from ‘Walkaway’ by Cory Doctorow

Start reading here Reviewed by Jack Stanton Walkaway is one of the most original, entertaining, and imaginative books I’ve read in ages. Cory’s characters are wild, hilarious, and acerbic, and his prose is effortlessly readable and engaging. I couldn’t stop reading this book until the end. And like all good fiction it gives you an […] - Read more


Start Reading The Burial Hour by Jeffery Deaver

Start reading here! Reviewed by Jack Stanton Folks, this is a big one. Go to your local bookstore. Cancel any weekend plans. Assemble your reading comforts. Why? Because Jeffery Deaver is one of the masters of crime and mystery writing, and his latest book The Burial Hour is an absolute treat. Actually, everything Jeffery Deaver writes […] - Read more


Weekend Read: The Burial Hour by Jeffery Deaver

Reviewed by Jack Stanton Folks, this is a big one. Go to your local bookstore. Cancel any weekend plans. Assemble your reading comforts. Why? Because Jeffery Deaver is one of the masters of crime and mystery writing, and his latest book The Burial Hour is an absolute treat. It’s another instalment in his most popular and well-regarded […] - Read more


Australian Book Industry Awards 2017 – Shortlist Announced

Australian Book Industry Awards 2017 – Shortlist Announced One of the most significant events in the book publishing calendar is the announcement of the Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) and today the 2017 shortlist has been revealed, with winners announced on 25 May at gala event at the Art Gallery of NSW, featuring 2016 gold […] - Read more


Book of the Week: After by Nikki Gemmell

After is a profound and moving portrait of a difficult mother-daughter relationship by novelist and columnist Nikki Gemmell. It’s also a searing, heartfelt examination of how we treat the elderly in our society and the urgent issue of euthanasia. As Gemmell said in a recent podcast interview with Better Reading, this memoir is also a […] - Read more


Q&A with Susan Perabo, author of The Fall of Lisa Bellow

April 27, 2017

The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo is a thoughtful and powerful novel about the spiraling effects of two random calamities on one ordinary family. With her insightful depiction of growing up and parenting, written with delicate humour and skillful characterisation, Susan Perabo delivers a touching, elegant story in an original way.Susan Perabo is the […] - Read more


Q&A with Sarah Schmidt, author of See What I Have Done

April 26, 2017

Why we loved it: Any Australian who hasn’t yet heard about one of America’s most well-known historical ‘murderers’ will soon become familiar with Lizzie Borden after reading this much praised debut by Australian author Sarah Schmidt. It is the breathtaking fictional account of this murder, a mysterious unsolved case in the popular imagination. If you love crime and […] - Read more


Start reading One Italian Summer by Pip Williams

April 24, 2017

Start reading here! It can be difficult to put aside time for what you really love. We have work to do, bills to pay, and if you’re living a hectic city life, it can be hard to get a breather when you really need one. Add to that kids, and the equation gets even more […] - Read more


Weekend Read: One Italian Summer by Pip Williams

It can be difficult to put aside time for what you really love. We have work to do, bills to pay, and if you’re living a hectic city life, it can be hard to get a breather when you really need one. Add to that kids, and the equation gets even more difficult. City lives […] - Read more


The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu

A thoroughly researched, beautifully wrought journey through the fascinating history of the real and mythical Timbuktu – and the modern day story of a brave librarian who saved a priceless collection of manuscripts from destruction. Charlie English pulls the threads of the past and the present, colonial forces and modern extremism, to create a compelling story […] - Read more


Start reading Troubadour by Isolde Martyn!

Start reading here! Isolde Martyn’s new book Troubadour proves one thing: women have been strong and fierce forever. In the tradition of Philippa Gregory, Troubadour follows Adela in 1208, the time of the Crusades. The book is compelling, dramatic, and suspenseful, with a healthy dose of romance to keep readers engaged. We are introduced to Adela in […] - Read more


Troubadour by Isolde Martyn

Isolde Martyn’s new book Troubadour proves one thing: women have been strong and fierce forever. In the tradition of Philippa Gregory, Troubadour follows Adela in AD 1208, the time of the Crusades. The book is compelling, dramatic, and suspenseful, with a healthy dose of romance to keep readers engaged. We are introduced to Adela in the English […] - Read more


Opening Pages of The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu by Charlie English

Start reading here! A thoroughly researched, beautifully wrought journey through the fascinating history of the real and mythical Timbuktu – and the modern day story of a brave librarian who saved a priceless collection of manuscripts from destruction. Charlie English pulls the threads of the past and the present, colonial forces and modern extremism, to create […] - Read more


Q&A With Katherine Scholes, Author of Congo Dawn

Katherine Scholes’ enchanting novel Congo Dawn is our Book of the Week. Why do we love it so much? Congo Dawn is an emotionally powerful and richly evocative novel from one of Australia’s best-loved writers. African-born Katherine Scholes transports us from 1960s Melbourne to the jungles of Africa in this epic story of one young woman’s quest to find […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Congo Dawn by Katherine Scholes

Why we love it: Congo Dawn is an emotionally powerful and richly evocative novel from one of Australia’s best-loved writers. African-born Katherine Scholes transports us from 1960s Melbourne to the jungles of Africa in this epic story of one young woman’s adventure-filled quest to find her heritage. Anna Emerson is a 21-year-old secretary, fresh from jilting […] - Read more


Start reading Congo Dawn by Katherine Scholes!

Start reading here! Why we love it: Congo Dawn is an emotionally powerful and richly evocative novel from one of Australia’s best-loved writers. African-born Katherine Scholes transports us from 1960s Melbourne to the jungles of Africa in this epic story of one young woman’s adventure-filled quest to find her true heritage. Anna Emerson is a 21-year-old […] - Read more


Read Emily Bitto’s ‘Dear Childhood’ from Letters Of Love!

Read Emily Bitto’s Letter Here! We are thrilled to give you a glimpse into Letters of Love, a collection of words from the heart penned by prominent Australians. This excerpt is a letter written by Emily Bitto, award-winning Australian novelist who won the Stella Prize in 2015 for her breathtaking debut The Strays. She pens a wonderful and […] - Read more


Letters of Love

Letters of Love is a not-to-be-missed collection of inspiring words from the heart penned by prominent Australians. Letter writing certainly feels like a bygone tradition, but in the spirit of Letters of Note, the Alannah and Madeline Foundation brings us a wonderful collection of letters that revolve around different experiences of love. There is something very […] - Read more


Recipe: Sumac-Crusted Snapper by Monday Morning Cooking Club

April 20, 2017

Monday Morning Cooking Club have delivered us another wonderful cookbook, It’s Always About the Food! There are plenty of incredible recipes inside, so here’s a free sneak-peak to get you started. Click here to read our full review and find out why we loved it so much! Sumac-Crusted Snapper with Roasted Chickpea Salad One of the […] - Read more



The Scent of You by Maggie Alderson

April 18, 2017

Maggie Alderson has a light touch, a well-sharpened wit and lots of heart. If The Scent of You were a fragrance, it would be a fresh floral perfume, with spicy undertones – and surprising depth. An aroma that lingers, pleasantly, leaving you keen for the next light-yet-heartfelt tale Alderson concocts. It’s New Year’s Eve, and as […] - Read more


Start Reading The Scent of You by Maggie Alderson

Start reading here! Maggie Alderson has a light touch, a well-sharpened wit and lots of heart. If The Scent of You were a fragrance, it would be a fresh floral perfume, with spicy undertones – and surprising depth. An aroma that lingers, pleasantly, leaving you keen for the next light-yet-heartfelt tale Alderson concocts. It’s New Year’s […] - Read more


Recipe: Polpette from Masterchef Street Food

We’re excited to give you a sneak peek into our Book of the Week ‘Masterchef Street Food of the World’ with this exclusive, delicious recipe! Not only does this splendid cookbook tantalise the taste buds, it opens up a new whole world of adventurous eating from around the globe. It takes us on a culinary tour, as it celebrates […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Masterchef Street Food Of The World

Just when we thought we didn’t need another cookbook, along comes an entirely different sort of recipe collection to blow our socks off. Not only does MasterChef Street Food of the World by Genevieve Taylor tantalise the taste buds, it opens up a new whole world of adventurous eating from around the globe. MasterChef Street Food takes us […] - Read more


Recipe: Papdi Chaat from Masterchef Street Food

We’re excited to give you a sneak peak into our Book of the Week ‘Masterchef Street Food of the World’ with this exclusive, delicious recipe! Not only does this splendid cookbook tantalise the taste buds, it opens up a new whole world of adventurous eating from around the globe. It takes us on a culinary tour, as it celebrates […] - Read more


Recipe: Brik a l’oeuf with Chickpeas and Harissa

We’re excited to give you a sneak peak into our Book of the Week ‘Masterchef Street Food of the World’ with this exclusive, delicious recipe! Not only does this splendid cookbook tantalise the taste buds, it opens up a new whole world of adventurous eating from around the globe. It takes us on a culinary tour, as it celebrates […] - Read more


Recipe: Quick Fish Curry by Valli Little

Quick fish curry Serves 4 1 onion, roughly chopped 2 garlic cloves 2cm piece ginger 1 long red chilli, seeds removed (leave the seeds in if you like it hot) 1 bunch coriander, washed, leaves picked and chopped, stem and roots finely chopped 1 tbs olive oil or ghee 12 curry leaves 1 tsp panch […] - Read more


Recipe: Japanese Squid Risotto by Valli Little

Japanese risotto with tempura squid Serves 4 4 cups (1 litre) chicken stock 2 tbs olive oil 2 red (Asian) eschalots, finely chopped 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped 8 shiitake mushrooms, sliced 300g arborio rice 1/2 cup sake 1 tbs mirin 1 1/2 tbs white miso 8–10 baby squid, cleaned, tentacles intact Plain flour, to coat […] - Read more


Weekend Read: My Kind of Food by Valli Little

Valli Little’s latest cookbook My Kind of Food offers 100 all-new recipes from one of Australia’s most trusted and inspirational cooks. Inside Valli’s cookbook you will find the sort of foods that really shine when cooked at home. If you’re entertaining, My Kind of Food has an exquisite selection of recipes that appeal from the […] - Read more


Start Reading The Other Mother by Kelly Chandler!

Start reading here! What do you think of when you hear the word ‘stepmother’? A snaggle-toothed hag from a fairy tale? A scheming, greedy, and cruel temptress attempting to get everything for her own children, at the expense of the children that came before? Or perhaps you’re a stepparent yourself and you’re only too keenly […] - Read more


The Other Mother by Kelly Chandler

What do you think of when you hear the word ‘stepmother’? A snaggle-toothed hag from a fairy tale? A scheming, greedy, and cruel temptress attempting to get everything for her own children, at the expense of the children that came before? Or perhaps you’re a stepparent yourself and you’re only too keenly aware of the […] - Read more


We Are Giving Away Free Tickets To See ‘Berlin Syndrome’!

April 12, 2017

Yes, you read that correctly: we are giving you the chance to win one of 10 double passes to see BERLIN SYNDROME in cinemas from Thursday, 20 April. All you have to do to enter the competition is comment on our Facebook post, explaining in 25 words or less why you deserve to win, then tag the friend […] - Read more

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Delicious… it’s the Monday Morning Cooking Club!

April 11, 2017

We hope you’re hungry, because the Monday Morning Cooking Club is at it again with their third stunning book containing heirloom recipes and new classics! The Monday Morning Cooking Club went on a global search for this one, finding family and friends in communities all around the world. From Cardiff to Nova Scotia to New […] - Read more


Introducing the Better Reading Podcast!

We’re proud to announce the launch of our very own Podcast sessions. We listened to your feedback following our popular live ‘Meet the Author’ sessions on our Facebook page. You asked for longer talks with authors to get to the heart of their fascinating stories and, with the Better Reading Podcast sessions, we bring you those longer, in-depth […] - Read more


Start Reading Vicious Circle by C.J. Box!

Start reading here! Vicious Circle has readers engrossed from the first page. It has everything you could want: sharp, well-drawn characters, crystalline prose and a narrative that winds more and more tightly, until it’s coiled to spring an explosive conclusion. It’s easy to see why CJ Box is a New York Times bestseller. Game Warden […] - Read more


Q&A with Glenn Dixon, author of the Enchanting Memoir ‘Juliet’s Answer’

Better Reading: Juliet’s Answer is a poignant and intimate memoir about losing – and finding – love. How difficult was it to open up and write such a personal memoir? Glenn Dixon: It wasn’t easy, that’s for sure. When I first started writing Juliet’s Answer, I had no idea of the things that were about to happen to […] - Read more


Vicious Circle by C.J. Box

Vicious Circle has readers engrossed from the first page. It has everything you could want: sharp, well-drawn characters, crystalline prose and a narrative that winds more and more tightly, until it’s coiled to spring an explosive conclusion. It’s easy to see why CJ Box is a New York Times bestseller. Game Warden Joe Pickett is […] - Read more


The Zero and the One by Ryan Ruby

April 10, 2017

Reviewed by Jack Cameron Stanton But it’s nonsense! No one kills himself for abstract principles like that. Not even my brother. Principles are a thing to live for, not reasons to die. The Zero and the One, Ryan Ruby’s debut novel, has been dubbed a philosophical thriller. Featuring plenty of twists in the story and style, it offers […] - Read more


Read the Beginning of ‘The Zero and the One’ by Ryan Ruby

Start reading here! But it’s nonsense! No one kills himself for abstract principles like that. Not even my brother. Principles are a thing to live for, not reasons to die. The Zero and the One is Ryan Ruby’s debut novel, which has been dubbed a philosophical thriller, and has plenty of twists in the story […] - Read more


Q&A with Ryan Ruby, author of debut philosophical thriller ‘The Zero and the One’

The Zero and the One is Ryan Ruby’s debut novel, which has been dubbed a philosophical thriller, and has plenty of twists in the story and style, offering moments of Gothic storytelling, mystery suspense, and the wise contemplations of fine fiction. It is a brilliant story told by a shy intellectual, Owen Whiting, who is recovering […] - Read more


The Hidden Hours by Sara Foster

Why we love it: Coming fast on the heels of her last compelling thriller, All That is Lost Between Us, Western Australian author Sara Foster delivers again with another suspenseful and poignant novel, The Hidden Hours. This time she transports us from hot and dusty remote Australia to the trendy townhouses of West London in the depths of winter. […] - Read more


Start Reading Latest Thriller The Hidden Hours by Sara Foster

Start reading here! Why we love it: Coming fast on the heels of her last compelling thriller, All That is Lost Between Us, Western Australian author Sara Foster delivers again with another suspenseful and poignant novel, The Hidden Hours. This time she transports us from hot and dusty remote Australia to the trendy townhouses of West London in the […] - Read more


Announcing April Book Club: The Girl Before by JP Delaney

April 6, 2017

Click here to join our live audience! We are excited to announce that the next Better Reading Book Club will be discussing the exhilarating, bestselling thriller The Girl Before by JP Delaney! It will be hosted at 8pm (AEST) on Wednesday 26 April. Not only will it be streamed live on our Facebook page but we will […] - Read more


Book Clubs Out West: Stronger than Ever and Growing

April 5, 2017

Why reading groups are still going strong in the west, and Australia-wide  By Kassie Gadeke There’s something about sharing a book that brings people together. In the libraries and lounge rooms of Western Australia, book clubs are meeting to discuss everything from literary treasures to current day conversation-starters. There are different ways of doing things […] - Read more


Finding Hannah by Fiona McCallum

April 4, 2017

Sometimes the biggest step to healing comes from the smallest of things . . .  Fiona McCallum takes us on a heart-breaking and ultimately heartwarming journey from grief and loss to acceptance, renewal and what lies beyond. Finding Hannah will tug readers along by the heartstrings from the opening lines to the final pages. Hannah […] - Read more


Start Reading Fiona McCallum’s ‘Finding Hannah’

Start Reading Here! Sometimes the biggest step to healing comes from the smallest of things . . .  Fiona McCallum takes us on a heart-breaking and ultimately heartwarming journey from grief and loss to acceptance, renewal and what lies beyond. Finding Hannah will tug readers along by the heartstrings from the opening lines to the […] - Read more


Storyland by Catherine McKinnon

Reviewed by Jack Cameron Stanton ‘Remember. You are a patient here. Taking part in our Storyland Project.’ There’s nothing quite like Storyland when it comes to Australian fiction. Its vision is unprecedented, and Catherine McKinnon has launched herself fearlessly with ambition, vigour, and grace. She succeeds in telling five stories that span across genre and […] - Read more


Get Reading Storyland by Catherine McKinnon

Start reading here! ‘Remember. You are a patient here. Taking part in our Storyland Project.’ There’s nothing quite like Storyland when it comes to Australian fiction. Its vision is unprecedented, and Catherine McKinnon has launched herself fearlessly with ambition, vigour, and grace. She succeeds in telling five stories that span across genre and style – […] - Read more


Our Book of the Week: See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

Why we loved it: Any Australian who hasn’t yet heard about one of America’s most well-known historical ‘murderers’ will soon become familiar with Lizzie Borden after reading this much praised debut by Australian author Sarah Schmidt. Murderer is in quote marks because Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the 1892 murder of her father and stepmother, but she was […] - Read more


Start Reading See What I Have Done by Sarah Schmidt

Start Reading Here! Why we loved it: Any Australian who hasn’t yet heard about one of America’s most well-known historical ‘murderers’ will soon become familiar with Lizzie Borden after reading this much praised debut by Australian author Sarah Schmidt. Murderer is in quote marks because Lizzie Borden was acquitted of the 1892 murder of her father and stepmother, […] - Read more


Start Reading The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea

April 3, 2017

Start reading here! Megan McDonald was kidnapped, and after two weeks of captivity she manages to escape. She staggers away from the abandoned bunker, through the rainy forest that’ll forever plague her nightmares, and when she finds a highway she’s saved by a man on a late-night drive. When he recognises, through all the blood […] - Read more


The Girl Who Was Taken by Charlie Donlea

Reviewed by Jack Cameron Stanton “I know you think everyone has forgotten about Nicole. But I never have.’ – Megan McDonald Megan McDonald was kidnapped, and after two weeks of captivity she manages to escape. She staggers away from the abandoned bunker, through the rainy forest that’ll forever plague her nightmares, and when she finds […] - Read more


Q&A with Grantlee Kieza, author of Mrs Kelly

March 29, 2017

Grantlee Kieza is a critically acclaimed Australian author and historian. He focuses primarily on Australian history, and has a knack for breathing life into the past. His recent book Mrs Kelly continues its run in the top ten bestselling list since its publication and displays no signs of going away. At Better Reading, we had to know […] - Read more


To Know My Crime by Fiona Capp

March 28, 2017

All Ned Coleridge has ever wanted to do is to make people laugh. Now he’s about to do something he never thought he was capable of . . . Powerful tides of desperation, corruption, political intrigue, blackmail and love all work their way through this well-crafted crime. Capp’s superb prose blends the action into the […] - Read more


Start reading To Know My Crime by Fiona Capp

Start reading here! All Ned Coleridge has ever wanted to do is to make people laugh. Now he’s about to do something he never thought he was capable of . . . Powerful tides of desperation, corruption, political intrigue, blackmail and love all work their way through this well-crafted crime. Capp’s superb prose blends the […] - Read more


Opening Pages of Let The Dead Speak by Jane Casey

Start reading here! It’s not surprising to learn that author Jane Casey has an inside track on some of the most dangerous minds around – from her criminal barrister husband she gleans many juicy and authentic details about real-life cases. Her latest, Let the Dead Speak, is a deeply creepy crime novel that will chill you to the […] - Read more


Start Reading The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

Start reading here! If you are looking for the perfect blend of friendship, war and uplifting storytelling, look no further. The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir draws you into a community of wonderful, inspiring women that you will want as real-life friends. The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir opens in 1941 when most of the men in Chilbury village […] - Read more


The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir by Jennifer Ryan

If you are looking for the perfect blend of friendship, war and uplifting storytelling, look no further. The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir draws you into a community of wonderful, inspiring women that you will want as real-life friends. The Chilbury Ladies’ Choir opens in 1941 when most of the men in Chilbury village have been called […] - Read more


Let the Dead Speak by Jane Casey

Why we love it: it’s not surprising to learn that author Jane Casey has an inside track on some of the most dangerous minds around – from her criminal barrister husband she gleans many juicy and authentic details about real-life cases. Her latest, Let the Dead Speak, is a deeply creepy crime novel that will chill you to […] - Read more


Win Free Tickets To See Ruby Wax!

March 23, 2017

Would you like to win two free passes to see the fabulous Ruby Wax? We have 2 X double passes for Ruby’s comedy shows in Sydney, Brisbane, and Melbourne to give away. At 12:30pm AEST this Friday 23rd March, tune in to the Better Reading Facebook page for our live interview with Ruby Wax and […] - Read more

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How Do You Read? On the debate of print, ebook, and audiobook

Written by Nicola Cayless How we read has been a debate for as long as people have been writing. From the transition from tablets to papyrus, from papyrus to parchment, parchment to the printing press, humans have argued about how we should read literature. Catholic priests in the 1600s were adamant on the Bible being […] - Read more


Behind the Scenes: Congratulations to Jan Richards, the Regional Librarian Honoured for Her Services

In a regular new series on Better Reading – Behind the Scenes – we put the spotlight on the people who bring you the best stories. We will talk to the publishers, the librarians, the booksellers, the people with a passion for books, about working behind the scenes with books. (If you know someone who loves and works with […] - Read more


Check Out the Opening Pages of Momo Freaks Out by Samone Bos

March 22, 2017

Start reading here! ‘Before we even laid a finger on the door, a 40-something woman rather spookily yanked it open and beckoned us into what seemed like her living room. Except unlike an ordinary living room (oh, I suppose it depends on whose living room you’re talking about), there were about 13 hip, hepcat daddy-o’s […] - Read more

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Kids Book of the Week: The Song Rising by Samantha Shannon

March 21, 2017

Reviewed by Nicola Cayless To be honest, if you haven’t heard of the fantasy series by Samantha Shannon taking the world by storm, you’ve been living under a rock. The three book series, comprising The Bone Season, The Mime Order, and now The Song Rising, has taken the world by storm and captured the hearts […] - Read more


Q&A with Kayla Rae Whitaker, author of The Animators

There are so many wonderful things in Kayla Rae Whitaker’s The Animators that we had to find out more about everything from animation to tragedy and the eternal struggle between reality and art. Check out our interview below: Better Reading: Hi Kayla, congratulations on the publication of your debut The Animators. Could you briefly tell […] - Read more


Just Released: the revised version of The Woman Who Changed Her Brain by Barbara Arrowsmith-Young

For more than two decades Barbara Arrowsmith-Young was trapped in a confused fog. Until, as a young adult, she hit upon a mental technique that would alter the course of her life – and the lives of countless others with severe and little-understood learning disabilities. Arrowsmith-Young’s account of her transformation, and the stories of those […] - Read more


The Opening Pages of The Woman Who Changed Her Brain

Start reading here! For more than two decades Barbara Arrowsmith-Young was trapped in a confused fog. Until, as a young adult, she hit upon a mental technique that would alter the course of her life – and the lives of countless others with severe and little-understood learning disabilities. Arrowsmith-Young’s account of her transformation, and the […] - Read more


Heartache and Healing In Juliet’s Answer by Glenn Dixon

Why we love it: Is there be a better place to search for the true meaning of love than the birthplace of those most famous of lovers, Romeo and Juliet? In the Italian city of Verona, there’s a whole tourist industry based around Shakespeare’s famous tragedy and a society dedicated to replying to the letters addressed […] - Read more


First Chapter of Juliet’s Answer by Glenn Dixon Here!

Start reading here! Could there be a better place to search for the true meaning of love than the birthplace of those most famous of lovers, Romeo and Juliet? In the Italian city of Verona, there’s a whole tourist industry based around Shakespeare’s famous tragedy and a society dedicated to replying to the letters addressed […] - Read more


Congratulations to the Winners of the Indie Book Awards 2017

March 20, 2017

Tonight the Australian Independent Booksellers announced The Dry by Jane Harper as their favourite Australian book of last year and the winner of The Indie Book Awards 2017 Book of the Year. They also announced the individual category winners in fiction, non-fiction, debut Fiction, children’s and Young Adult categories  from which the overall winner was chosen.  The […] - Read more


Hilarious Internet Confessionalism in Samone Bos’ Memoir Momo Freaks Out

March 16, 2017

Reviewed by Jack Cameron Stanton  ‘Before we even laid a finger on the door, a 40-something woman rather spookily yanked it open and beckoned us into what seemed like her living room. Except unlike an ordinary living room (oh, I suppose it depends on whose living room you’re talking about), there were about 13 hip, […] - Read more

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Read the Opening Pages of Mrs Kelly by Grantlee Kieza

Start reading here! Mrs Kelly: The astonishing life of Ned Kelly’s mother by Grantlee Kieza is a staggering accomplishment that can’t be missed by history buffs and story lovers alike. Recently, the right history books have enjoyed serious commercial success – the likes of Richard Fidler’s Ghost Empire, The Silk Road by Peter Frankopan, and […] - Read more


Start reading The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker today!

Start reading here! Reviewed by Jack Cameron Stanton ‘My body runs ice-cold with the knowledge of all I didn’t see, the things I hadn’t known . . .’ When I finish Kayla Rae Whitaker’s debut novel The Animators I feel as though my heart’s been jammed into a washing machine and spun around full cycle, […] - Read more



Book of the Week: The Fall Of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo

Why we love it: The Fall of Lisa Bellow is a thoughtful and powerful novel about the spiraling effects of two random calamities on one ordinary family. With her insightful depiction of growing up and parenting, written with delicate humour and skillful characterisation, Susan Perabo delivers a touching, elegant story in an original way. The […] - Read more


Publisher’s Pick: The Hope Fault by Tracy Farr

March 13, 2017

What we love about it: The Hope Fault is a novel about a modern family – all the exes and steps and fairy godmothers, the in-laws and outlaws who don’t fit at all in the family tree, but who make us what we are. In a rambling old house in Geologue Bay, Iris gathers with members […] - Read more


Read the beginning of The Hope Fault by Tracy Farr

Start reading here The Hope Fault is a novel about a modern family – all the exes and steps and fairy godmothers, the in-laws and outlaws who don’t fit at all in the family tree, but who make us what we are. In a rambling old house in Geologue Bay, Iris gathers with members of […] - Read more

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The Animators by Kayla Rae Whitaker

Reviewed by Jack Cameron Stanton ‘My body runs ice-cold with the knowledge of all I didn’t see, the things I hadn’t known . . .’ When I finish Kayla Rae Whitaker’s debut novel The Animators I feel as though my heart’s been jammed into a washing machine and spun around full cycle, but even after […] - Read more


Start Reading Nicola Moriarty’s The Fifth Letter

Read a sample right here! In Nicola Moriarty’s latest novel, The Fifth Letter, a group of female friends’ annual beach holiday goes crazy after secrets from the past, dark desires from the present, and old dynamics rise to the surface. It’s a hilarious, often poignant novel that reveals the reality that friends don’t always like […] - Read more


Travel Back In Time This Weekend With Grantlee Kieza’s Mrs Kelly

Reviewed by Jack Cameron Stanton Mrs Kelly: The astonishing life of Ned Kelly’s mother by Grantlee Kieza is a staggering accomplishment that can’t be missed by history buffs and story lovers alike. Recently, the right history books have enjoyed serious commercial success – the likes of Richard Fidler’s Ghost Empire, The Silk Road by Peter […] - Read more


Start Reading The Fall of Lisa Bellow by Susan Perabo

Start reading here! The Fall of Lisa Bellow is a thoughtful and powerful novel about the spiraling effects of two random calamities on one ordinary family. With her insightful depiction of growing up and parenting, written with delicate humour and skillful characterisation, Susan Perabo delivers a touching, elegant story in an original way. The Lisa […] - Read more


I’ve Always Been A Weirdo: The strange life of a crime writer by Candice Fox

March 10, 2017

“It’s comforting to know that no matter how creepy I am as a person, there are thousands upon thousands of crime readers out there who dig what I do because they have a secret little part of themselves that’s exactly the same. ” – Candice Fox She’s undoubtedly Australia’s hottest crime writer now. At the tender […] - Read more

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Stella Prize 2017: Shortlist Announced

March 8, 2017

    It’s one of Australia’s most prestigious prizes. The Stella Prize is presented annually to one female Australian author in recognition of their contribution to the literary landscape. The first Stella Prize was awarded in 2013 and previous winners represent some of Australia’s best contemporary women writers, including Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany (2013), […] - Read more


Start Reading Ragdoll by Daniel Cole!

Start reading here! What do you do if you’re on the killer’s hitlist? And he’s told you when you’re going to die . . . Debut author Daniel Cole arrives at the crime fiction scene with his exhilarating murder mystery, Ragdoll, demonstrating a screenwriter’s flair for drama and a novelist’s masterful control of character. It […] - Read more


Start Your Weekend The Right Way with Dregs by Jorn Lier Horst

March 7, 2017

Start reading here! Looking for a great weekend read? Look no further than Jørn Lier Horst’s latest, Dregs. From the first pages to the final reveal, this freshly translated Norwegian crime offers that much-sought-after quality: authenticity. Jørn Lier Horst knows his stuff, and readers will be drawn into this darkly believable plot. There is no doubt that […] - Read more


Dregs by Jørn Lier Horst: a dark, addictive Norwegian crime novel

March 6, 2017

Looking for a great weekend read? Look no further than Jørn Lier Horst’s latest, Dregs. From the first pages to the final reveal, this freshly translated Norwegian crime offers that much-sought-after quality: authenticity. Jørn Lier Horst knows his stuff, and readers will be drawn into this darkly believable plot. There is no doubt that with Inspector Wisting […] - Read more


Our Book of the Week: The Fifth Letter by Nicola Moriarty

Why we love it: In Nicola Moriarty’s latest novel, The Fifth Letter, a group of female friends’ annual beach holiday goes crazy after secrets from the past, dark desires from the present, and old dynamics rise to the surface. It’s a hilarious, often poignant novel that reveals the reality that friends don’t always like each […] - Read more


Ragdoll by Daniel Cole: a dark, action-packed thriller

What do you do if you’re on the killer’s hitlist? And he’s told you when you’re going to die . . . Debut author Daniel Cole arrives at the crime fiction scene with his exhilarating murder mystery, Ragdoll, demonstrating a screenwriter’s flair for drama and a novelist’s masterful control of character. It is gripping from […] - Read more


Better Reading March Book Club: Candice Fox

March 1, 2017

We at Better Reading are thrilled to announce that our next monthly Book Club will host bestselling crime writer Candice Fox and we’ll discuss her latest nail-biting book, Crimson Lake. Hades, Candice Fox’s first novel, won the Ned Kelly Award for best debut in 2014 from the Australian Crime Writers Association. The sequel, Eden, won the […] - Read more

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Q & A With Candice Fox: What frightens a bestselling crime novelist?

Homegrown talent Candice Fox has taken the bookstores by storm with her latest thriller Crimson Lake. She recently collaborated with number 1 crime author James Patterson in the book Never, Never, and also enjoyed roaring independent success with Eden and Hades. Here is a Q & A with Candice that addresses some of the dark and troublesome […] - Read more


The Story Behind A Piece Of The World – Written by Christina Baker Kline

February 28, 2017

The Story behind A PIECE OF THE WORLD by Christina Baker Kline   “The world of New England is in that house – spidery, like crackling skeletons rotting in the attic – dry bones. It’s like a tombstone to sailors lost at sea, the Olson ancestor who fell from the yardarm of a square-rigger and […] - Read more


A Sublime New Novel from Orphan Train Author Christina Baker Kline: A Piece of the World

When the bestselling author of Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline, cast around for the subject of her next novel, inspiration struck in the form of a famous painting by the great American artist, Andrew Wyeth, hanging in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The result is her latest book: a sublimely beautiful and deeply moving meditation on the human condition. In a […] - Read more


Start Reading The First Chapter Of A Piece Of The World By Christina Baker Kline!

Start reading here! When the bestselling author of Orphan Train, Christina Baker Kline, cast around for the subject of her next novel, inspiration struck in the form of a famous painting by the great American artist, Andrew Wyeth, hanging in New York’s Museum of Modern Art. The result is her latest book: a sublimely beautiful and deeply moving meditation on the human […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Daughter of Mine by Fiona Lowe

Why we love it: Fiona Lowe draws us into a world of deception, betrayal, and family secrets. From the moment you open this book until the last page, you’ll be swept up in the obstacles, heartache, and twists that will leave you on the edge of your seat. Daughter of Mine is a great read […] - Read more


Check Out The Beginning of Fiona Lowe’s Latest Book Daughter of Mine

February 27, 2017

Start reading here! Why we love it: Fiona Lowe brings us a world of deception, betrayal, and family secrets – you won’t put this down. Harriet has the perfect life – a successful career as a doctor, an attractive husband who loves her, a daughter who excels in everything she puts her mind to, and […] - Read more


Be careful who you trust in new thriller He Said/She Said

Erin Kelly’s newest page-turner, He Said/She Said, is not your average thriller. There’s no murder mystery, no missing persons, no detectives – but you’ll still be utterly gripped by the psychological drama and questioning the characters, and yourself, at every turn. It’s 1999. Laura is young, free-spirited, and on her way to watch a total eclipse […] - Read more

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Q & A with British author Erin Kelly On Her Latest Book He Said/ She Said

February 22, 2017

Erin Kelly’s latest book He Said/ She Said isn’t your ordinary psychological thriller. Not only does it broach deeper social and legal subjects, including faults in the justice system and serious issues such as sexual violence and crime, but also plays with the implications of uncertainty. This mind puzzle carries the book and makes it […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Crimson Lake by Candice Fox

February 21, 2017

Why we love it: She’s taken the Australian crime fiction world by storm in recent years and the latest, highly anticipated thriller from Candice Fox does not disappoint. With an intricately woven, thrilling but believable plot, combined with complex, likeable characters and a vividly drawn location at Australia’s top end, Crimson Lake will delight Fox […] - Read more


Read An Extract From Crimson Lake By Candice Fox!

February 20, 2017

Read an extract here She’s taken the Australian crime fiction world by storm in recent years and the latest, highly anticipated thriller from Candice Fox does not disappoint. With an intricately woven, thrilling but believable plot, combined with complex, likeable characters and a vividly drawn location at Australia’s top end, Crimson Lake will delight Fox […] - Read more


Spook Street by Mick Herron

Why we loved it: From the first devastating blast, to the cast of odd-ball agents and darkly hilarious writing, this is a thriller with all the thrills – and plenty of character to boot. Jackson Lamb’s young crew of screw ups are starting to get frustrated. Just days after the Westacres shopping centre bombing killed […] - Read more


Start Reading Mick Herron’s Spook Street Today!

Start reading here Why we loved it: From the first devastating blast, to the cast of odd-ball agents and darkly hilarious writing, this is a thriller with all the thrills – and plenty of character to boot. Jackson Lamb’s young crew of screw ups are starting to get frustrated. Just days after the Westacres shopping […] - Read more


The Ninth Grave by Stefan Ahnhem: another chilling Scandi-noir

Masterly plotting, grisly murders and chilling suspense: Stefan Ahnhem keeps the threads of this complex, two-country narrative pulled tensely across more than 500 pages. A crime wave that will satisfy even the most exacting of Scandi-noir devotees. When the Swedish Attorney General inexplicably vanishes in a snowstorm, criminal investigator Fabian Risk knows he can kiss […] - Read more


Publisher’s Pick: Gwen by Goldie Goldbloom

February 14, 2017

What we love about it: Goldie Goldbloom’s fictional biography Gwen will transport you to Paris in the early 20th century where the painter Gwen John is living the true bohemian life and losing her heart to one of the most influential artists of the modern age. You may know Gwen John as sister of the […] - Read more

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Start reading Gwen by Goldie Goldbloom today!

Start reading here! What we love about it: Goldie Goldbloom’s fictional biography Gwen will transport you to Paris in the early 20th century where the painter Gwen John is living the true bohemian life and losing her heart to one of the most influential artists of the modern age. You may know Gwen John as […] - Read more


The Scandalous Life of Sasha Torte by Lesley Truffle: A wonderful new treat

Sasha Torte is locked up in jail – for murder – but that doesn’t stop her living in luxury and running her world-famous pastries from her cell. Set in 1912, written from the perspective of a 22-year-old heiress with a troubled past and even more troubled future, Lesley Truffle’s The Scandalous Life of Sasha Torte transports […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

Why we love it: Behind her Eyes is the latest spellbinding psychological thriller that’s got everyone talking. It’s fast-paced, cleverly written, creepy, sometimes funny, and delivers an extraordinary twist  – hence the publisher’s hashtag, #WTFthatending. Louise is a single mother working at a psychiatric clinic in North London. Life is a struggle sometimes, but she likes her […] - Read more


Start reading Behind Her Eyes by Sarah Pinborough

February 13, 2017

Start reading here Why we love it: Behind her Eyes is the latest spellbinding psychological thriller that’s got everyone talking. It’s fast-paced, cleverly written, creepy, sometimes funny, and delivers an extraordinary twist  – hence the publisher’s hashtag, #WTFthatending. Louise is a single mother working at a psychiatric clinic in North London. Life is a struggle sometimes, but […] - Read more


The Mothers of Bullies by Wendy James, author of The Golden Child

February 9, 2017

Wendy James is the Australian author of latest release The Golden Child, a story that grapples with modern-day spectres of selfies, selfishness and cyberbullying. It plays with our fears of parenting, social media and Queen Bees, and asks the question: just how well do you know your child? Have a read of some of Wendy […] - Read more


Start reading The Golden Child by Wendy James here

Start reading here Why we love it: it’s a hot topic right now – teenage girls, bullying, and the perils of social media – a topic nailed by Aussie author Wendy James in her latest novel. The Golden Child is a disturbing yet funny look at the age-old problem of teenage girls and the very […] - Read more


Book of the Week: The Golden Child by Wendy James

February 7, 2017

Why we love it: it’s a hot topic right now – teenage girls, bullying, and the perils of social media – a topic nailed by Aussie author Wendy James in her latest novel. The Golden Child is a disturbing yet funny look at the age-old problem of teenage girls and the very modern problem of […] - Read more


An Intriguing and Scary Thriller: The Caller by Chris Carter

February 6, 2017

Looking for a disturbing and realistic thriller that will have you hooked until the last page? The Caller by Chris Carter is what you’re looking for. Imagine a video call from your loved one, except it’s not them: it’s someone who’s tied them up. Imagine you hear a low voice asking two questions. Answer correctly, […] - Read more


Start reading Something for Nothing by Andy Muir This Weekend

Start Reading Here! Why we love it: Andy Muir’s cracking crime yarn Something for Nothing is filled with wry humour, cagey crooks and a hapless, down-to-earth hero—who somehow finds himself adrift in the dark waters of bikie gangs, drug deals, and murder. This page-turning romp introduces a great new voice in the Australian crime landscape. […] - Read more

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Weekend Read: Something for Nothing by Andy Muir

Why we love it: Andy Muir’s cracking crime yarn, Something for Nothing, is filled with wry humour, cagey crooks and a hapless, down-to-earth hero – who somehow finds himself adrift in the dark waters of bikie gangs, drug deals and murder. This page-turning romp introduces a great new voice in the Australian crime landscape. Lachie Munro […] - Read more


Author Q&A: James Phelan on Dark Heart

February 2, 2017

Better Reading had the pleasure of chatting to James Phelan, the bestselling, award-winning author of twenty-eight novels, including his latest, Dark Heart.  The page-turning thriller Dark Heart brings the Jed Walker Zodiac Quartet to a close. We talk series, thrillers, politics, and terrorism with James Phelan: Better Reading: Congrats on the release of Dark Heart! This is the last book […] - Read more


Start reading The House at Bishopsgate by Katie Hickman

Start reading here! For anyone who loves to spend the weekend being whisked back in time to an entirely unfamiliar world of intrigue – steeped in history, romance, and conspiracy – this is the weekend read for you. The house of the title is on the outskirts of early 17th Century London; the reign of […] - Read more


Start reading The Girl Before by JP Delaney

January 31, 2017

  Start reading here! Why we love it: JP Delaney delivers a disturbing and utterly addictive psychological thriller about the price of perfection and the enduring power of obsession. After a failed burglary attempt left her shaken, Emma is determined to move out of the apartment she shares with her boyfriend Simon to feel safe again. […] - Read more

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Weekend Read: The House at Bishopsgate by Katie Hickman

For anyone who loves to spend the weekend being whisked back in time to an entirely unfamiliar world of intrigue – steeped in history, romance, and conspiracy – this is the weekend read for you. The house of the title is on the outskirts of early 17th Century London; the reign of Elizabeth I is […] - Read more


Looking for a good beach read? Start reading Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay

January 30, 2017

Start reading here!   There’s nothing better than lying on the beach with a great book and bestselling author Jill Mansell brings us an addictive, plot twisting, humorous novel about two sisters, one handsome man and a tiny town where everyone is keeping a secret.  Warning:  Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell is the ultimate […] - Read more

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A beach read to obsess over this summer: Meet Me At Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell

There is nothing better than lying on the beach with a really good book and bestselling author Jill Mansell brings us an addictive, plot twisting, humorous novel about two sisters, one handsome man and a tiny town where everyone is keeping a secret.  Warning:  Meet Me at Beachcomber Bay by Jill Mansell is the ultimate summer […] - Read more


Book of the Week: The Girl Before by JP Delaney

Why we love it: JP Delaney delivers a disturbing and utterly addictive psychological thriller about the price of perfection and the enduring power of obsession. After a failed burglary attempt left her shaken, Emma is determined to move out of the London apartment she shares with her boyfriend Simon to feel safe again. After none of […] - Read more


Author Q&A: Vanessa Carnevale

January 24, 2017

Author of The Florentine Bridge, our current Weekend Read, chatted to the Better Reading team what inspired her book, her writing process, favourite character and her three tips to help you keep writing: What was the inspiration behind your book? In my early twenties, I spent several years living in Florence, Italy where I fell […] - Read more


Weekend Read: The Florentine Bridge by Vanessa Carnevale

Be whisked to the back streets of Florence this weekend in a novel about second chances, love, and most importantly – hope. Nine months after getting the all clear from her doctors, Mia, who is in remission for lymphoma, steps off a plane in Florence with nothing but a one way ticket, her painting supplies and […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Find Me by J.S. Monroe

Why we love it: Find Me is an intriguing thriller, at times heartwarming and at times deeply disturbing, and it will keep you on your toes until the final pages. Rosa is a gifted Cambridge student, with a promising life ahead of her, but her mother took her own life when Rosa was just a […] - Read more


Master the Art of Chinese Cooking with China: The Cookbook

January 23, 2017

Love Chinese food? Try Cooking up your own flavoursome, easy-to-make dishes from this amazing cookbook. Written by Kei Lum and Diora Fong Chan, a married couple who both came from families with a deep appreciation for fine food and culinary culture, their goal for China: The Cookbook was to present a collection of recipes that would […] - Read more


Author Q&A: Erica Ferencik on The River at Night

January 19, 2017

“I have to mentally and emotionally transport myself there in my imagination, calling up every one of my senses in order to have the reader feel in their marrow what the characters are going through in the story…” We talked to US writer Erica Ferencik about the challenges of transporting her readers to an untamed […] - Read more


Read The River at Night this weekend!

January 17, 2017

Start reading here!   Four women, a terrifying whitewater rafting adventure and a desperate struggle for survival in the Maine wilderness, The River at Night is a thrilling read, as wild and twisting as the river it’s set on. Win is almost forty, living at home with her cat in Boston, mourning the death of […] - Read more


Weekend Read: The River at Night by Erica Ferencik

Four women, a terrifying whitewater rafting adventure and a desperate struggle for survival in the Maine wilderness, The River at Night is a thrilling read, as wild and twisting as the river it’s set on. Win is almost forty, living at home with her cat in Boston, mourning the death of her brother and the […] - Read more


Start reading The Liberation by Kate Furnivall

Start reading here!   Why we love it: A heady blend of historical fiction, crime and romance, The Liberation is a page-turning read that’ll transport you to the post-war streets of 1940s Italy. It’s 1945 Italy, the war has ended and Caterina Lombardi is struggling, like many Italians, to survive in a country ravaged by […] - Read more


Book of the Week: The Liberation by Kate Furnivall

Why we love it: A heady blend of historical fiction, crime and romance, The Liberation is a page-turning read that’ll transport you to the post-war streets of 1940s Italy. It’s 1945 Italy, the war has ended and Caterina Lombardi is struggling, like many Italians, to survive in a country ravaged by Mussolini’s dictatorship, his unholy […] - Read more


The Indie Book Awards 2017 – Shortlist Announced

January 16, 2017

Australian independent booksellers have announced their shortlist for The Indie Book Awards 2017. The Indie Book Awards, chosen by independent booksellers, members of Leading Edge Books, reward and promote excellence in Australian writing. Affectionately termed ‘indies’, many of the shortlisted books in previous years went on to be bestsellers and win other major literary awards. Since its […] - Read more

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Start reading Happy Healthy Strong here!

January 10, 2017

Start reading here! Why we love it: Packed with affirmations, recipes, wellness tips, down to earth advice and beautiful images, Happy Healthy Strong will help you feel all three. If your resolution for 2017 was to be inspired to start feeling amazing inside and out, Rachael Finch is here to help. Rachael is a lot […] - Read more


Try some of Rachael Finch’s favourite recipes

If your resolution for 2017 was to be inspired to start feeling amazing inside and out, Rachael Finch is here to help. Rachael is a lot of things – a model, a TV personality, a certified health coach and a mother, and in her first health and lifestyle book Rachael shares everything she’s learnt from […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Happy Healthy Strong by Rachael Finch

Why we love it: Packed with affirmations, recipes, wellness tips, down to earth advice and beautiful images, Happy Healthy Strong will help you feel all three. If your resolution for 2017 was to be inspired to start feeling amazing inside and out, Rachael Finch is here to help. Rachael is a lot of things – […] - Read more


Start reading Crazy Busy Guilty by Lauren Sams this week!

January 9, 2017

  Start reading here!   Why we love it: Hilariously funny and wickedly insightful, Crazy Busy Guilty is a fast-moving novel about the pitfalls of juggling a dream career with parenting, and the perils of modern dating. Thirty-something Georgie Henderson is deep into single motherhood with her beloved six-month-old Pippa, a baby she never yearned […] - Read more


Parents are the biggest liars on social media (I should know – I am one) by Lauren Sams

Crazy Busy Guilty author Lauren Sams on why new mums shouldn’t look at Instagram. Whenever a friend has a baby, I buy them a bottle of champagne for their baby shower gift (babies get enough presents. Also, all those sh*tty plastic toys you’re given? Your baby will never use them. He will play with a cardboard shoe […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Crazy Busy Guilty by Lauren Sams

January 3, 2017

Why we love it: Hilariously funny and wickedly insightful, Crazy Busy Guilty is a fast-moving novel about the pitfalls of juggling a dream career with parenting, and the perils of modern dating. Thirty-something Georgie Henderson is deep into single motherhood with her beloved six-month-old Pippa, a baby she never yearned for, but she’s now besotted […] - Read more


10 Bookish New Year’s Resolutions

December 30, 2016

Forget diets, detoxing, saving etc. Do yourself a favour and make all your resolutions bookish ones in 2017. Here are some ideas:     Make more time for reading. Easier said than done you think but this really is a worthwhile use of your time. Have you noticed the many articles this year about how good […] - Read more


Watch the first Jasper Jones trailer!

December 16, 2016

We get so, so excited when Australian books we love hit the big screen (or small screen, of course – looking at you, Big Little Lies), and in 2017 we’re in for a treat. The first full length trailer has been released for Jasper Jones, Craig Silvey’s heartbreaking coming of age story that’s been called an Australian […] - Read more


Nikki Gemmell Pays Tribute to Publisher Shona Martyn as She Resigns from HarperCollins

December 15, 2016

The writer Nikki Gemmell pens a tribute to her beloved publisher, HarperCollins’ Shona Martyn, who has resigned after seventeen years at the helm of the Sydney office and is heading off for a new adventure in life. So. The shoes. Always fabulous. Always unique. And always so very, very, Shona. The shoes that are vivid and […] - Read more


Q&A: Spartacus and Me with Vashti Whitfield

December 13, 2016

A poignant and searingly honest memoir about love, loss and life. Spartacus and Me is a heartbreaking but uplifting biography by Vashti Whitfield about life with her actor husband Andy, known for his role as Spartacus in the Hollywood television series, who lost his battle with cancer five years ago. Vashti revisits her time with Andy […] - Read more


Start reading Mackenzie Crossing by Kaye Dobbie

  Click here for chapter one!   Mackenzie Crossing by Kaye Dobbie follows Skye Stewart, a photographer on a mission to seek her long lost grandfather. What she didn’t expect to find is a past she would have preferred stayed forgotten… It’s 1939 and photographer Neville Darling is hoping to escape an unhappy marriage and […] - Read more


A novel about family, photography, and how the past never really lets go

Mackenzie Crossing by Kaye Dobbie follows Skye Stewart, a photographer on a mission to seek her long lost grandfather. What she didn’t expect to find is a past she would have preferred stayed forgotten… It’s 1939 and photographer Neville Darling is hoping to escape an unhappy marriage and the dreams that haunt him after the […] - Read more


Book of the Week: River Cottage A-Z: Our favourite ingredients and how to cook them

Why we love it: There are cookbooks and then there are food… ‘bibles’. Those books about food that deserve a prominent fixture on every serious cook and food-lover’s kitchen shelf. Books like Stephanie Alexander’s The Cook’s Companion and that most famous French culinary classic, Larousse Gastronomique. Now there’s River Cottage A-Z, from world-renowned food writer and […] - Read more


Check out some delicious recipes from River Cottage A-Z!

There are cookbooks and then there are food… ‘bibles’. Those books about food that deserve a prominent fixture on every serious cook and food-lover’s kitchen shelf. Books like Stephanie Alexander’s The Cook’s Companion and that most famous French culinary classic, Larousse Gastronomique. Now there’s River Cottage A-Z, from world-renowned food writer and campaigner Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall and […] - Read more


Australian Novelist Georgia Blain Dies at 51

December 12, 2016

The Loss of a Great Australian Writer We were deeply saddened to hear of the death of Australian novelist Georgia Blain who was diagnosed with a brain tumour last year. The author of Closed for Winter, Candelo and most recently Between a Wolf and a Dog holds a special place in our hearts at Better Reading, mine […] - Read more


First Chapter: My Family’s Keeper by Brad and Karina Haddin

December 7, 2016

Start chapter one here! A sporting biography like no other, My Family’s Keeper sees Brad and Karina Haddin share their family’s story for the first time, from Brad’s rising career in Australian cricket to their young daughter Mia’s heartwrenching battle with cancer. The book opens with Brad receiving a call from Karina in the middle of […] - Read more


Start reading The Pretty Delicious Cafe by Danielle Hawkins

START READING HERE! Are you after a fun, holiday read that’ll make you laugh out loud? Look no further. Incredibly fast paced with effortlessly flowing witty dialogue, it’s hard to believe The Pretty Delicious Cafe is a book and not a television series – this is a book fans of Bridget Jones’ Diary and Offspring will […] - Read more


Author Q&A: Duncan McNab on Roger Rogerson

December 6, 2016

“I thought Roger had retired and was doing a bit of fishing from a tinny on the Central Coast – boy was I wrong!” – Duncan McNab It was a crime that had a nation on the edge of its seat, now there’s a book that will have you on the edge of yours. On […] - Read more


Start Reading Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern

Start reading here!   Why we love it: The author who had us in tears in P.S. I Love You captivates once again with the magical story of a woman named Lyrebird. The novel starts with a funeral in the mountains of Ireland. Tom Toolin, who together with his twin Joe were the focus of an […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Lyrebird by Cecelia Ahern

Why we love it: The author who had us in tears in P.S. I Love You captivates once again with the magical story of a woman named Lyrebird. The novel starts with a funeral in the mountains of Ireland. Tom Toolin, who together with his twin Joe, was the focus of an acclaimed documentary by production […] - Read more


Review: The Pretty Delicious Cafe by Danielle Hawkins

Are you after a fun, holiday read that’ll make you laugh out loud? Look no further. Incredibly fast paced with effortlessly flowing witty dialogue, it’s hard to believe The Pretty Delicious Cafe is a book and not a television series – this is a book fans of Bridget Jones’ Diary and Offspring will love to sink […] - Read more


Brad Haddin: My Family’s Keeper

A sporting biography like no other, My Family’s Keeper sees Brad and Karina Haddin share their family’s story for the first time, from Brad’s rising career in Australian cricket to their young daughter Mia’s heartwrenching battle with cancer. The book opens with Brad receiving a call from Karina in the middle of the night, on the […] - Read more


Free Recipe: The Perfect Pavlova from Donna Hay’s Basics to Brilliance

December 5, 2016

The Perfect Pavlova from Donna Hay’s new book Basics to Brilliance   1 x quantity no-fail meringue mixture (see basic recipe below) 1½ cups (375ml) single (pouring) cream, whipped raspberries, passionfruit pulp and sliced peaches, to serve Preheat oven to 150°C (300°F). Using a pencil, draw a 20cm circle on a sheet of non-stick baking […] - Read more


Dead Poet’s Society: The ones we lost in 2016

November 30, 2016

People are talking down 2016, but as the year draws to a close we can’t help wonder if it’s really been an especially sad one for the deaths of so many varied artistic talents or if every year naturally has its share of losses. It would certainly seem that way with the recent losses in […] - Read more


Try reading Beyond the Orchard by Anna Romer this week!

November 29, 2016

Start reading here!   Why we love it: Beyond the Orchard is a richly woven tale of family secrets and a haunting coming-of-age story as Anna Romer weaves together many different threads that finally come together in a dramatic conclusion. After receiving a cryptic letter from her aged grandfather promising to ‘explain everything’, Lucy Briar […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Beyond the Orchard by Anna Romer

Why we love it: Beyond the Orchard is a richly woven tale of family secrets and a haunting coming-of-age story as Anna Romer weaves together many different threads that finally come together in a dramatic conclusion. After receiving a cryptic letter from her aged grandfather promising to ‘explain everything’, Lucy Briar suddenly returns to Melbourne […] - Read more


Better Reading: Why one hundred thousand Australians love our page

November 28, 2016

What an amazing couple of years it’s been here at Better Reading. Through our website and Facebook page we have grown an engaged community of avid readers – people who are passionate about all kinds of books and who love to talk about them. We offer a space where Australians can discover new reads, talk about […] - Read more

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Meet our November Book Club Panel

November 22, 2016

For our next Better Reading Book Club Live on the 30th of November we’ll discuss Holding by Graham Norton. Set in the small fictional town of Duneen, Graham Norton’s tender debut novel will draw you in with a mystery, but you’ll stay for the genuinely sincere and well-rounded characters. We have two great book-lovers joining us on […] - Read more


Read The Chocolate Tin by Fiona McIntosh this weekend!

START READING HERE!   Chocolate and romance ­– what more could we ask for?  Set in York in 1915, The Chocolate Tin by Fiona McIntosh immerses us in a world of war where one woman’s dream to create her own chocolate leaves her entangled in the most unexpected love triangle. Alexandra Frobisher is a woman […] - Read more


Weekend Read: The Chocolate Tin by Fiona McIntosh

Chocolate and romance ­– what more could we ask for?  Set in York in 1915, The Chocolate Tin by Fiona McIntosh immerses us in a world of war where one woman’s dream to create her own chocolate leaves her entangled in the most unexpected love triangle. Alexandra Frobisher is a woman who knows what she […] - Read more


Try reading A Chance of Stormy Weather by Tricia Stringer

  START READING HERE!   Why we love it: Tricia Stringer takes us to outback Australia in a page-turning rural romance with characters we invest in wholeheartedly. Paula, an independent Sydney girl, has had a rocky past with men. Her ex took everything, leaving Paula feeling like a shell of the woman she used to […] - Read more


Book of the Week: A Chance of Stormy Weather by Tricia Stringer

Why we love it: Tricia Stringer takes us to outback Australia in a page-turning rural romance with characters we invest in wholeheartedly. Paula, an independent Sydney girl, has had a rocky past with men. Her ex took everything, leaving Paula feeling like a shell of the woman she used to be. Then, at a friend’s […] - Read more


Author Q&A: L.J.M. Owen on Olmec Obituary and Mayan Mendacity

November 16, 2016

L.J.M. Owen is the author of Olmec Obituary and Mayan Mendacity, the first two in a series of nine novels. The series marks a new literary protagonist on the scene – Dr Elizabeth Pimms is a cat lover, foodie, introvert and, most importantly, an archaeologist in search of the truth. Both books follow a fascinating plotline […] - Read more


Read Mayan Mendacity by L.J.M. Owen

November 15, 2016

  Start reading here! We love nothing more than sinking our teeth into a really great series of novels – and when you know the author is planning nine novels in total, it’s even more enticing. This series marks a  a new literary protagonist on the scene – Dr Elizabeth Pimms is a cat lover, […] - Read more


Weekend Read: Mayan Mendacity by L.J.M. Owen

We love nothing more than sinking our teeth into a really great series of novels – and when you know the author is planning nine novels in total, it’s even more enticing. This series marks a new literary protagonist on the scene – Dr Elizabeth Pimms is a cat lover, foodie, introvert and, most importantly, […] - Read more

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Start reading Hidden Killers by Lynda La Plante

Start reading here!   Why we love it: She’s back again, the unforgettable female detective Jane Tennison, immortalised by actress Helen Mirren in the hit television show Prime Suspect. Last year Tennison creator Lynda La Plante took us back to the 1970s, pre-Prime Suspect Days, with Tennison as a rookie cop in the novel Tennison. La […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Hidden Killers by Lynda La Plante

Why we love it: She’s back again, the unforgettable female detective Jane Tennison, immortalised by actress Helen Mirren in the hit television show Prime Suspect. Last year Tennison creator Lynda La Plante took us back to the 1970s, pre-Prime Suspect Days, with Tennison as a rookie cop in the novel Tennison. La Plante’s latest Hidden Killers […] - Read more


Better Reading went to Canberra!

Last week, Better Reading visited our nation’s capital to chat with Canberra writers and readers! We chatted live via Facebook with Sally Thorne, Robert Macklin and more… Did you miss some of our live interviews? Don’t worry – we have the list of authors and links below for you to catch up on! L.J.M. Owen: […] - Read more


GIVEAWAY: Holding by Graham Norton

*Giveaway posted 15th November, enter by 17th November 2016* We’re reading Graham Norton’s wonderful new novel Holding for our next Book Club – and you could be too, as we have copies to GIVEAWAY! Head here to read more about the book and why we loved it, then join us on November the 30th for Better Reading […] - Read more


Publisher’s Pick: Writing the Dream

November 14, 2016

A collection of 24 stories written by talented authors. Serenity Press is a publishing company that endeavours to create opportunities for Australian authors and share inspirational stories with the world, bringing readers authors who write from the heart, with the truest of intention. Founder Karen McDermott has a passion for ‘making magic’ happen for authors. Starting from […] - Read more


Something in the Water – Fremantle Press leads a resurgence in Oz Crime Fiction

“There must be something in the West Australian water because of late they’re producing some seriously good fiction.”                                                                            […] - Read more

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Curl up and start reading Victoria the Queen by Julia Baird

November 8, 2016

Start reading here! Looking for some non-fiction this weekend? Julia Baird introduces us to Queen Victoria in an intimate and beautifully written biography. Fans of Memoirs of a Geisha and The Secret Chord will love this in-depth biography about a woman who changed the world. When we first meet Victoria, we see a mere teenager, […] - Read more


Weekend Read: Victoria the Queen

Looking for some non-fiction this weekend? Julia Baird introduces us to Queen Victoria in an intimate and beautifully written biography. Fans of Memoirs of a Geisha and The Secret Chord will love this in-depth biography about a woman who changed the world. When we first meet Victoria, we see a mere teenager, sitting on the […] - Read more


Mad Enchantment: Check out our gallery of Claude Monet

Ross King’s latest biography, Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies, is an intriguing insight into the world of the French Impressionist artist Claude Monet and his best-loved works. Who, more than 100 years after their painting, isn’t aware of Monet’s Water Lilies, their distinctive mauve and green colours, the Japanese bridge, the […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Mad Enchantment by Ross King

Why we love it: Ross King’s latest biography, Mad Enchantment: Claude Monet and the Painting of the Water Lilies, is an intriguing insight into the world of the French Impressionist artist Claude Monet and his best-loved works. Who, more than 100 years after their painting, isn’t aware of Monet’s Water Lilies, their distinctive mauve and green colours, […] - Read more


Mirth and Memories in Full Bore by William McInnes

November 7, 2016

Actor, writer, and all-round entertainer William McInnes has been beloved by Australians for decades, and his new book Full Bore is packed with musings, anecdotes and reflections told with his warm and wry humour. He’s written a variety of both fiction and non-fiction before but like 2014’s Holidays, Full Bore is a collection of personal stories […] - Read more

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Book of the Week: The Birdman’s Wife by Melissa Ashley

November 1, 2016

Why we love it: The Birdman’s Wife is as gorgeously rendered as some of the stunning lithographs by artist Elizabeth Gould. It’s the story of a significant but little-known historical figure, a woman previously overshadowed by her better-known husband, John Gould, who was often known as Australia’s first ornithologist or the ‘Bird Man’. Around the […] - Read more


The stunning lithographs by artist Elizabeth Gould from The Birdman’s Wife.

The Birdman’s Wife is as gorgeously rendered as some of the stunning lithographs by artist Elizabeth Gould. It’s the story of a significant but little-known historical figure, a woman previously overshadowed by her better-known husband, John Gould, who was often known as Australia’s first ornithologist or the ‘Bird Man’. Around the time Charles Darwin was […] - Read more


First Chapters: The Birdman’s Wife

Start reading here! Why we love it: The Birdman’s Wife is as gorgeously rendered as some of the stunning lithographs by artist Elizabeth Gould. It’s the story of a significant but little-known historical figure, a woman previously overshadowed by her better-known husband, John Gould, who was often known as Australia’s first ornithologist or the ‘Bird […] - Read more


Start reading Resurrection Bay

Start reading here!   Fantastic and gritty, fast-paced and thrilling, Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic is homegrown Australian crime fiction at its best. It’s perfect to get stuck into on a Friday night; a compelling read that you’ll have no trouble devouring over the weekend Caleb Zelic is a profoundly deaf private investigator working in […] - Read more


Weekend Read: Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic

Fantastic and gritty, fast-paced and thrilling, Resurrection Bay by Emma Viskic is homegrown Australian crime fiction at its best. It’s perfect to get stuck into on a Friday night; a compelling read that you’ll have no trouble devouring over the weekend. Caleb Zelic is a profoundly deaf private investigator working in Melbourne. His partner is […] - Read more


Join the Better Reading Book Club as a LIVE AUDIENCE!

October 31, 2016

For our next Better Reading Book Club we’ll discuss Holding by Graham Norton – and you could join us LIVE! That’s right! For our next Book Club, Better Reading is going live – with an audience! You can join us at the Better Reading office in Camperdown for refreshments and be part of our live audience as […] - Read more


The Man Booker Prize 2016: And the Winner is…

October 26, 2016

The winner of what is probably the world’s most anticipated literary award, the Man Booker Prize, has just been announced in London. The winner is The Sellout by Paul Beatty, published in Australia by Allen & Unwin. According to the Man Booker website: “The 54-year-old New York resident, born in Los Angeles, is the first American author […] - Read more


First Chapter: Order to Kill by Vince Flynn with Kyle Mills

October 24, 2016

Start Reading Here! CIA operative Mitch Rapp is back in Order to Kill, and about to go deep, deeper than ever before. But when the mission is to go under cover as an American terror recruit, will he make it back in one piece? Or – literally – lose his head? Kyle Mills seamlessly picks up […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Order to Kill by Vince Flynn with Kyle Mills

CIA operative Mitch Rapp is back in Order to Kill, and about to go deep, deeper than ever before. But when the mission is to go under cover as an American terror recruit, will he make it back in one piece? Or – literally – lose his head? Kyle Mills seamlessly picks up where the late […] - Read more


Meet our October Book Club panel!

October 21, 2016

Our next Better Reading Book Club Live on October 26 at 8pm AEST will discuss The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman, winner of three ABIA awards for Best Newcomer, Best Literary Novel and Book of the Year! We have two great book-lovers joining us on the couch – Author Candice Fox and publisher Beverley Cousins. […] - Read more


Nujeen: One Girl’s Incredible Journey from War-torn Syria in a Wheelchair

Nujeen follows the incredible true story of Nujeen Mustafa: a young Kurdish teen, wheelchair bound with cerebral palsy, who is thrust from the protective circle of her large family into the horrors of the Syrian uprising. To escape she must face a grueling journey that will lead her to a perilously overcrowded dinghy to Greece, […] - Read more

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Try reading It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan

Click here to start reading! Looking for a romance to indulge in for a few hours this weekend? Kate Kerrigan brings the 1950’s music scene to life in a novel that will have you flicking the pages to find out which point of the love triangle will triumph. The beautiful daughter of the doctor in […] - Read more


Weekend Read: It Was Only Ever You by Kate Kerrigan

Looking for a romance to indulge in for a few hours this weekend? In It Was Only Ever You, Kate Kerrigan brings the 1950’s music scene to life with a novel that will have you flicking the pages to find out which point of the love triangle will triumph. The beautiful daughter of the doctor […] - Read more


Basics to Brilliance: Q&A with Donna Hay

October 19, 2016

The Better Reading team spoke to Donna about the inspiration behind Basics to Brilliance, advice she has for amateur and young cooks, and the food and books she loves. BR – What delicious recipes can we expect from Basics to Brilliance? What are your favourites to make from it? DH – I designed it specially so […] - Read more


We go from Basics to Brilliance with Donna Hay

Donna Hay has returned and this time, she’s taking us back to the basics. For years, Australians all over the country have been turning to Donna Hay for recipes they can trust. With her signature style and flavours, she’s helped us cook quickly and healthily, transforming old classics into modern day entertaining staples and given […] - Read more

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Start reading The Light Between Oceans for our next Book Club!

October 18, 2016

Click here to start reading! For our next Better Reading Book Club Live we’ll discuss The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. 1926. Tom Sherbourne is a young lighthouse keeper on a remote island off Western Australia. The only inhabitants of Janus Rock, he and his wife Isabel live a quiet life, cocooned from […] - Read more


Book of the Week: The Art of Keeping Secrets by Rachael Johns

Why we love it: the newest novel from Australian bestseller Rachael Johns brings us an addictive plot and three very different women we can’t help but love. Felicity, Emma and Neve have been close for years. They do Friday Night Book Club, their sons are in school together, and they share all the ups and […] - Read more


First Chapter: Read The Art of Keeping Secrets by Rachael Johns

Click here for chapter one! Why we love it: the newest novel from Australian bestseller Rachael Johns brings us an addictive plot and three very different women we can’t help but love. Felicity, Emma and Neve have been close for years. They do Friday Night Book Club, their sons are in school together, and they […] - Read more


Start reading Graham Norton’s debut novel Holding

Start Reading Here!  Set in the small fictional town of Duneen, Graham Norton’s tender debut novel Holding will draw you in with a mystery, but you’ll stay for the genuinely sincere and well-rounded characters. First of all, it’s refreshing to have a protagonist who isn’t a genius or a hunk. No, Duneen’s only police officer Sergeant PJ […] - Read more


Weekend Read: Holding by Graham Norton

Time didn’t pass in Duneen; it seeped away… We’re heading to rural Ireland in this weekend’s read. Set in the small fictional town of Duneen, Graham Norton’s tender debut novel Holding will draw you in with a mystery, but you’ll stay for the genuinely sincere and well-rounded characters. First of all, it’s refreshing to have a protagonist […] - Read more


Better Reading went to WA!

October 17, 2016

Last week, Better Reading went to Western Australia to talk to writers, booksellers and booklovers about their work, their love of the story and why sense of place matters. We chatted live via Facebook with Liz Byrski, Brooke Davis, Tess Woods, Sara Foster, Natasha Lester, Rachael Johns, Madelaine Dickie and more… Did you miss some […] - Read more

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Author Q&A: Lee Zachariah on Double Dissolution

Writer Lee Zachariah found his personal life crumbling around him and decided to focus on someone else’s turmoil: the government’s. Putting his life (and sleep) on hold to join the campaign trail for the 2016 Australian Federal Election, Lee spent months travelling around Australia, meeting politicians, volunteers and voters and trying to make sense of […] - Read more


Author Q&A: Annabel Abbs on The Joyce Girl

We chatted with Annabel Abbs about her debut novel The Joyce Girl, her interpretation of Lucia’s story, her research and writing journey, and the theme of mental illness that runs through her book. Before reading your moving and heartbreaking book – The Joyce Girl – we knew nothing about the fascinating life of Lucia Joyce. How […] - Read more

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Watch the first Big Little Lies trailer here!

We are very excited for HBO’s adaptation of Liane Moriarty’s bestseller starring Nicole Kidman, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley, and now the first trailer is here ahead of the series’ release next February! If you haven’t read Big Little Lies yet, you are in for a treat. This book spent months on the Australian and US bestseller […] - Read more


First Chapter: Read The Joyce Girl by Annabel Abbs

October 14, 2016

Read the first chapter here! This weekend, we’re curling up with a novel that introduces us to an overlooked woman in literary history – Lucia Joyce. History had forgotten Lucia  – reduced her to a tragic footnote in the stories of two literary lions: her father, James Joyce, and erstwhile lover, Samuel Beckett. Annabel Abbs has […] - Read more


The Little Publishing House That Could

October 13, 2016

To celebrate their 40th anniversary, Alan Carter tells the story of unique WA publisher Fremantle Press.   “The first forty years of life give us the text: the next thirty supply the commentary.” – Arthur Schopenhauer   Tim Winton, Gail Jones, Kim Scott, Joan London, A.B. Facey, Craig Silvey, Elizabeth Jolley, Sally Morgan, John Kinsella […] - Read more

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Author Q&A: Karen Brooks on The Locksmith’s Daughter

October 11, 2016

We love to escape into a gripping historical novel, and The Locksmith’s Daughter lures us into an Elizabethan England full of spies, secrets and seduction, where our heroine’s loyalty is tested and her heart is on the line. Author Karen Brooks told us about the inspiration and research behind the book, authors she admires, and her […] - Read more


Weekend Read: The Joyce Girl by Annabel Abbs

This weekend, we’re curling up with a novel that introduces us to an overlooked woman in literary history – Lucia Joyce. History had forgotten Lucia  – reduced her to a tragic footnote in the stories of two literary lions: her father, James Joyce, and erstwhile lover, Samuel Beckett. Annabel Abbs has done what only a novelist […] - Read more


Author Q&A: Rebecca Smith on The Jane Austen Writers’ Club

If you’re trying to be writer, you know there’s lots to learn – so why not take some cues from the master herself, Jane Austen? In this new writing guide by Rebecca Smith (Jane’s own great-great-great-great-great niece), you’ll gain helpful tips on all facets of the writing process from not one but two pros, as […] - Read more


Book of the Week: The Jane Austen Writers’ Club by Rebecca Smith

Why we love it: Another book inspired by the one of the world’s best-loved authors, Jane Austen? Don’t roll your eyes – for this is a must-read for any budding writer, who will find invaluable gems of advice, as well as compelling reading. We don’t need to tell you how many spin-offs of Austen’s works […] - Read more


WA readers – WIN an evening with Liz Byrski!

October 7, 2016

WA Readers: you could WIN an evening with Liz Byrski! ** Competition opens 11 October and closes 30 October 2016 **   Fremantle Press, Better Reading and the Esplanade Hotel Fremantle by Rydges are offering one lucky couple the chance to spend a deliciously bookish evening with author Liz Byrski. Brought to you as part […] - Read more


A stunning debut: Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue

October 4, 2016

Every now and then a book comes along that makes you want to shout from the rooftops about just how wonderful it is. Behold the Dreamers by Imbolo Mbue is one such novel. Behold the Dreamers is a story about the ‘American dream’ told from the point of view of Jende Jonga, a recent immigrant to New York […] - Read more

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First Chapter: Try Fashion is Freedom by Tala Raassi

Read Chapter One here! This weekend, we’ve chosen an eye-opening real-life read that will have you gripped from its defiant opening scene – the author dashing through the streets of Tehran, dressed in heels and a mini skirt, feeling liberated and invincible “despite the danger.” Fashion Is Freedom by Tala Raassi offers an account of a woman’s relationship with […] - Read more

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Our Weekend Read: Fashion is Freedom by Tala Raassi

This weekend, we’ve chosen an eye-opening real-life read that will have you gripped from its defiant opening scene – the author dashing through the streets of Tehran, dressed in heels and a mini skirt, feeling liberated and invincible “despite the danger.” Fashion Is Freedom by Tala Raassi offers an account of a woman’s relationship with fashion like no other. […] - Read more


For our next Book Club: The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman.

They break the rules and follow their hearts. What happens next will break yours. For our next Better Reading Book Club Live we’ll discuss The Light Between Oceans by M. L. Stedman. 1926. Tom Sherbourne is a young lighthouse keeper on a remote island off Western Australia. The only inhabitants of Janus Rock, he and […] - Read more

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Read Chapter One: The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion

Click here to read Chapter One! Why we love it: We adored The Rosie Project, and Graeme Simsion’s new novel The Best of Adam Sharp is told in his unique writing style with eccentric characters you’ll love – and a playlist to guide you through. Adam Sharp has the comfortable life he wants. A stable […] - Read more


Book of the Week: The Best of Adam Sharp by Graeme Simsion

Why we love it: We adored The Rosie Project, and Graeme Simsion’s new novel The Best of Adam Sharp is told in his unique writing style with eccentric characters you’ll love – and a playlist to guide you through. Adam Sharp has the comfortable life he wants. A stable (albeit boring) relationship with his partner […] - Read more


Author Q&A: Delicious Inspiration from Gennaro’s Italian Bakery

September 30, 2016

The team at Better Reading love to cook (and eat), and we were thrilled to chat to renowned chef Gennaro Contaldo. As well as appearing with Antonio Carluccio as Two Greedy Italians, he’s the author of several Italian cookbooks and his newest, Gennaro’s Italian Bakery, is full of mouthwatering recipes for Italian baked goods, whether it’s […] - Read more


First Chapter: Read Le Chateau by Sarah Ridout

September 27, 2016

Click here for the first chapter! In the mood for a modern gothic story with a touch of romance this weekend? Le Chateau is an absorbing, romantic and slightly creepy tale set in the wine regions of southern France, but with an Australian twist. Imagine waking up from a coma to find you don’t know […] - Read more


Weekend Read: Le Chateau

In the mood for a modern gothic story with a touch of romance this weekend? Le Chateau is an absorbing, romantic and slightly creepy tale set in the wine regions of southern France, but with an Australian twist. Imagine waking up from a coma to find you don’t know anyone; you live in a grand […] - Read more

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Book of the Week: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

Why we love it: Mention Ann Patchett to anyone and the response is always the same: “I love Ann Patchett!” She’s long been known as one of America’s great writers with such gems as Bel Canto and State of Wonder, but Commonwealth might just be her best yet. It starts with the Christening party of […] - Read more

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Author Q&A: Paul Terry on The Claimant

It’s one of the most bizarre and intriguing stories to come out of rural Australia and it put Wagga Wagga on the world map. In the latter half of the 19th century an overweight rough-looking butcher, known as Tom Castro, emerged from the bush to claim he was not the man people thought him to […] - Read more

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Caroline Overington talks Working Class Boy by Jimmy Barnes

September 26, 2016

We’re all grown up now, aren’t we? Those of us born before the turn of this stunning century, who grappled with our awkward adolescence in the 1970s and 80s, maybe even the 90s. We’re all grown up. Whatever it was that worried us as teenagers — our parents getting divorced, that boy who didn’t love […] - Read more


Author Q&A: Jacinta Halloran

September 22, 2016

We loved Jacinta Halloran‘s novel The Science of Appearances, an engaging and enthralling book set in 1950s Melbourne about twins Dominic and Mary, and the ways their lives diverge  – you can learn more about the book here. We spoke to Jacinta about writing two very different protagonists, how her work as a doctor can influence her […] - Read more


First Chapter: Read Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra

September 20, 2016

Read the first chapter here! Why we love it: A startlingly good thriller set not in Stockholm, the home counties of England or east coast USA, but in… Canberra, Australia. Yep, that’s right. Only Daughter is the stunning crime fiction from the new kid on the block, Australian debut author Anna Snoekstra. Told from the […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Only Daughter by Anna Snoekstra

Why we love it: A startlingly good thriller set not in Stockholm, the home counties of England or east coast USA, but in… Canberra, Australia. Yep, that’s right. Only Daughter is the stunning crime fiction from the new kid on the block, Australian debut author Anna Snoekstra. Told from the point of view of a […] - Read more

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Text Classics: ensuring Australia’s literary heritage with its 100th Text classic novel

What is more important to a country’s heritage than its literary canon? Text Publishing has ensured that many of Australia’s greatest literary works – by both living and dead authors – will reach new readers for generations. It began with an old-fashioned idea: ‘To make great books available at a highly affordable price,’ says Text […] - Read more


Céleste: Courtesan, countess, bestselling author by Roland Perry

September 18, 2016

It’s always fun to immerse yourself in someone else’s life – and a great escape – even more so when the subject is as fascinating as Céleste de Chabrillan, the 19th century French courtesan, dancer, writer, and wife of the first consul to Australia. Poor Céleste and her mother are living in poverty in Lyon […] - Read more


Book of the Week: The Science of Appearances by Jacinta Halloran

September 13, 2016

Why we love it: Jacinta Halloran’s The Science of Appearances is an exquisitely drawn and emotionally powerful novel about a pair of twins in 1950s Melbourne. In the years after World War 2, in a country town outside Melbourne, an Irish Catholic family is hit hard by the sudden death of their schoolteacher father. Twins […] - Read more

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Sophie Hannah Channels Agatha Christie in Closed Casket

September 12, 2016

It’s been 100 years since Agatha Christie first introduced the world to her Belgian detective Hercule Poirot. Last year, bestselling crime author Sophie Hannah released The Monogram Murders: a brand new, entirely original Poirot novel, published with full permission from the Christie estate. The Monogram Murders was a huge success and now Hannah’s done it again with Closed Casket. […] - Read more


Top 100 Competition: And the Winners Are…

September 9, 2016

After the great success of the Top 100 last year, we asked you to vote again for your favourite novel of all time. We were delighted with your response as three and a half thousand people voted for their favourite books! We’ll be announcing the Top 100 list on the Better Reading website at the end […] - Read more

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Our Next Book Club: Commonwealth by Ann Patchett

A powerful story of two families brought together by beauty and torn apart by tragedy. For our next Better Reading Book Club Live we’ll discuss Commonwealth by Ann Patchett. It’s 1964 and Bert Cousins, the deputy District Attorney, shows up at Franny Keating’s christening party uninvited, bottle of gin in hand. As the cops of […] - Read more

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Author Q&A: Judy Nunn on Australian fiction and the St Albans Writers’ Festival

Judy Nunn is one of Australia’s best-loved writers and she’ll be appearing at the St Albans Writers’ Festival this September to talk about women’s fiction. However, Judy doesn’t see her fiction as appealing only to women, as she tells us in this candid interview. While Judy’s first three novels, The Glitter Game, Centre Stage and Araluen, are […] - Read more


Start reading The House Without Windows this weekend!

September 7, 2016

Read Chapter One here! Weekend Read: A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi A House Without Windows is the perfect way to lose yourself over a whole weekend. It’s an intensely moving, deeply sad – sometimes funny – novel. In war-torn, poverty-stricken, modern day Afghanistan, Zeba has done a terrible thing. She’s been found with […] - Read more


Weekend Read: A House Without Windows

September 6, 2016

Weekend Read: A House Without Windows by Nadia Hashimi A House Without Windows is the perfect way to lose yourself over a whole weekend. It’s an intensely moving, deeply sad – sometimes funny – novel. In war-torn, poverty-stricken, modern day Afghanistan, Zeba has done a terrible thing. She’s been found with the body of her […] - Read more


Start reading Southern Ruby by Belinda Alexandra

Start reading Chapter One here! Why we love it: In her latest novel, Southern Ruby, Belinda Alexandra transports us from Sydney to the seductive world of New Orleans. In her signature style, she teases out the long-held secrets of one family’s dark past. When Amanda, who was orphaned as a child, loses her dear grandmother, she finds a […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Southern Ruby by Belinda Alexandra

September 5, 2016

Why we love it: In her latest novel, Southern Ruby, Belinda Alexandra transports us from Sydney to the seductive world of New Orleans. In her signature style, she teases out the long-held secrets of one family’s dark past. When Amanda, who was orphaned as a child, loses her dear grandmother, she finds a letter from her unknown family […] - Read more


Living the Crime Writer’s Dream: Candice Fox at the St Albans Writers’ Festival

‘I’ve tried to reimagine Sydney as a sort of noir, dastardly underworld version of itself.’  – Candice Fox This month one of Australian’s best crime fiction writers will be part of the illustrious line-up at the St Albans Writers’ Festival. Candice Fox’s first novel, Hades, won the Ned Kelly Award for best debut in 2014 from the Australian […] - Read more


Author Q&A: Gayle Forman

September 2, 2016

Gayle Forman is well known for her bestselling books for young adults, including If I Stay, but her new novel Leave Me is very much for an adult audience. It’s the story of Maribeth, who has a heart attack at forty-four. At first she writes it off as bad Chinese food and gets on with her busy […] - Read more


Author Q&A: Adele Dumont on No Man is an Island

August 30, 2016

‘I’ve tried not only to individualise asylum seekers, but to show that their suffering is only one aspect of their identities.’ When 24-year-old Sydneysider Adele Dumont volunteered to teach English to men in immigration detention on Christmas Island, she had no idea that the work would be so rewarding or the people she met so fascinating. […] - Read more


First Chapter: try The Falls by B. Michael Radburn

Read chapter one here! Our recommended weekend read is The Falls by B. Michael Radburn Looking for a shocking, page-turner this weekend? This spine-tingling sequel to The Crossing will have you enraptured. Aroha Ross and Dylan Franklin, after years of searching flimsy leads and dead ends, discover what they believe is the treasure trove of […] - Read more


Weekend Read: The Falls by B. Michael Radburn

Our recommended weekend read is The Falls by B. Michael Radburn Looking for a shocking, page-turner this weekend? This spine-tingling sequel to The Crossing will have you enraptured. Aroha Ross and Dylan Franklin, after years of searching flimsy leads and dead ends, discover what they believe is the treasure trove of  the Christiana Goldmine hidden […] - Read more

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Nothing Short of Dying: Read the first chapter!

Read Chapter one here! Why we love it: Erik Storey’s first novel, Nothing Short of Dying, is a thrilling debut; a rollercoaster ride through the treacherous back country of the Colorado wilderness that will leave you breathless. Clyde Barr has seen it all. After a childhood filled with unimaginable violence at the hands of cruel […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Nothing Short of Dying by Erik Storey

Why we love it: Erik Storey’s first novel, Nothing Short of Dying, is a thrilling debut; a rollercoaster ride through the treacherous back country of the Colorado wilderness that will leave you breathless. Clyde Barr has seen it all. After a childhood filled with unimaginable violence at the hands of cruel and violent stepfathers, he […] - Read more


Book Review: Love at First Flight by Tess Woods

August 24, 2016

Love at First Flight is one of those great holiday reads – take it on the plane or the beach and while away the time. Funny that, because the ‘first flight’ of the titles refers to the heroine Mel’s own flight from her home in Perth to Melbourne for a girls’ weekend with her best friend. […] - Read more


Start reading March by Geraldine Brooks for our next book club!

August 23, 2016

Read the first chapter here! Get ready for our next Better Reading Book Club Live as we will be discussing March by Australian writer Geraldine Brooks, winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. From Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, Geraldine Brooks takes John March, the absent father and offers us his passionate story of […] - Read more

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Read the first chapter: Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory

Read the first chapter here! Why we love it: Philippa Gregory encapsulates the strength, beauty and determination behind the women in the Tudor Court in a mesmerising historical fiction that takes you on an emotional rollercoaster. It is 1501 – Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride. Margaret, a […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory

Why we love it: Philippa Gregory encapsulates the strength, beauty and determination behind the women in the Tudor Court in a mesmerising historical fiction that takes you on an emotional rollercoaster. It is 1501 – Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride. Margaret, a Tudor princess with the pride […] - Read more


Read the first chapter: Sunset Shadows by Bronwyn Parry

Read chapter one here! Combining fast-paced drama with romance, Bronwyn Parry has crafted a book that’s perfect to curl up with and read over the weekend. Steve Fraser is a police officer from a long line of family dedicated to the force, but there’s a dark secret from his past that’s about to be blown […] - Read more


Weekend Read: Sunset Shadows by Bronwyn Parry

Our recommended Weekend Read is Sunset Shadows by Bronwyn Parry Combining fast-paced drama with romance, Bronwyn Parry has crafted a book that’s perfect to curl up with and read over the weekend. Steve Fraser is a police officer from a long line of family dedicated to the force, but there’s a dark secret from his […] - Read more


St Albans Writers’ Festival

August 22, 2016

St Albans Writers’ Festival, held on the weekend of 16th to 18th September, is now in its second year of showcasing writers, books and writing of all styles, genres and forms. Based in the small and picturesque village of St Albans, just a two hour drive from Sydney, the festival was born when residents belonging to […] - Read more


Publishers Pick: War Child by Annette Janic

August 19, 2016

War Child is a true story that spans 100 years, revealing agonising choices against the backdrop of Nazi Germany, the lingering effects of war, the 1950s Australian migration experience, and a modern day search. Magdalena (‘Leni’) is an illegitimate child born in a small town steeped in superstition in pre-World War II Germany. Denounced as […] - Read more

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One Click Away: The compelling sound of Australian voices

August 18, 2016

Charlotte Wood, Jane Harper, Candice Fox, Pamela Hart, Michael Robotham, Peter Fitzsimons, Annabel Crabb. What do they all have in common? Each of these authors is a unique Australian voice whose audiobooks are now available through Wavesound. Wavesound is an Australian based audiobook company that launched its own flagship imprint a year ago. As well […] - Read more


Author Talks: The making of an audio book with Charlotte Wood

“It felt like somebody else’s book that I was listening to.” ­ – Charlotte Wood Ever thought about how an audio book is made? Who reads them? How do they choose a voice for a character? How much is the author involved, and what do they think about it? Charlotte Wood, Miles Franklin shortlisted author of […] - Read more


The Toymaker by Liam Pieper: Read the first chapter

August 16, 2016

Click here for Chapter one!  From its opening pages The Toymaker chips away at the story of a family’s survival, each masterful stroke undercutting preconceptions to reveal layers of secrets and misdeeds that, slice by slice, peel back to humanity’s greatest crime: the Holocaust. Adam Kulakov is the destructive, self-involved scion of a successful toy […] - Read more


Weekend Read: The Toymaker by Liam Pieper

Our recommended Weekend Read is The Toymaker by Liam Pieper  From its opening pages The Toymaker chips away at the story of a family’s survival, each masterful stroke undercutting preconceptions to reveal layers of secrets and misdeeds that, slice by slice, peel back to humanity’s greatest crime: the Holocaust. Adam Kulakov is the destructive, self-involved […] - Read more

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Read the first chapter: All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

Click here for Chapter one! Why we love it: All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker is a deeply chilling and utterly absorbing psychological thriller, an absolute must-read for fans of the genre. Alan Forrester is a brilliant psychiatrist whose latest patient is the 15-year-old victim of a brutal rape. Jenny Kramer has been given […] - Read more


Book of the Week: All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker

Why we love it: All Is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker is a deeply chilling and utterly absorbing psychological thriller, an absolute must-read for fans of the genre. Alan Forrester is a brilliant psychiatrist whose latest patient is the 15-year-old victim of a brutal rape. Jenny Kramer has been given a pioneering new treatment to erase […] - Read more


Savage Congress by Anna Karolina: Read the first chapter!

August 10, 2016

Click here for Chapter One! The Swedes do it better, don’t they? Scandi Noir, that is. And there’s a new kid on the block who is supremely talented, and an ex-cop to boot. The heroine of Anna Karolina’s debut is a cop too. Not that Amanda went into the force to combat the bad guys. […] - Read more


Publisher’s Pick: The Sound by Sarah Drummond

August 9, 2016

What we love about it: Before the road story there was the sea story. It’s 1825 when Wiremu Heke of Aramoana joins a sealing boat on a voyage from Tasmania to Western Australia. He is a man of conscience. Wiremu is on a quest to avenge the destruction of his village but soon finds himself […] - Read more

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Book of the Week: The Memory Stones by Caroline Brothers

Why we love it: Caroline Brothers’ second novel, The Memory Stones, is a sublimely told and heartbreaking story. While devastating in its depiction of the depths to which humanity can sink, its evocative language and splendid characters make it a pleasure to read. It’s a hot summer in Buenos Aires, 1976, and Osvaldo and Yolanda […] - Read more


The Memory Stones by Caroline Brothers: Read the first chapter now

Click here for Chapter one! Why we love it: Caroline Brothers’ second novel, The Memory Stones, is a sublimely told and heartbreaking story. While devastating in its depiction of the depths to which humanity can sink, its evocative language and splendid characters make it a pleasure to read. It’s a hot summer in Buenos Aires, […] - Read more


Richard Fidler’s Top Ten List of Books on the Riotous, Bloody Mess that is the Middle Ages

Richard Fidler’s latest book Ghost Empire is “two-thirds history and one-third travel memoir” according to the ABC radio presenter.  A trip with his fourteen-year-old son Joe fired up Fidler’s passion for the city of Constantinople – as modern day Istanbul was called – and for the rich history that was the Byzantine Empire. See our interview with Fidler about […] - Read more


Weekend Read: Savage Congress by Anna Karolina

Our recommended Weekend Read is: Savage Congress by Anna Karolina The Swedes do it better, don’t they? Scandi Noir, that is. And there’s a new kid on the block who is supremely talented, and an ex-cop to boot. The heroine of Anna Karolina’s debut is a cop too. Not that Amanda went into the force […] - Read more


Author Q&A: Richard Fidler on Ghost Empire

“Really, the best reason to explore the past is for the sheer pleasure of it…” “Two-thirds history and one-third travel memoir” is how the ABC radio presenter Richard Fidler describes his new book Ghost Empire. A trip with his fourteen-year-old son Joe fired up Fidler’s passion for the city of Constantinople – as modern day Istanbul […] - Read more


Celebrating National Bookshop Day: What’s your favourite bookshop?

August 8, 2016

It’s 2016 National Bookshop Day this Saturday, August 13. A day when all around Austalia bookshops and their customers are encouraged to celebrate bookshops. The event is supported by The Australian Booksellers Association (ABA) and the aim is “to celebrate the role of your bookshop in your community,” according to the ABA website. “National Bookshop Day celebrates bookshops, promotes their […] - Read more


The Drowned Man by Brendan James Murray: read the first chapter

August 5, 2016

To read the first chapter of The Drowned Man click here Following a chance encounter with a navy veteran in a fish-‘n’-chip shop , writer and history teacher Brendan James Murray embarked on a quest to uncover the truth about a shocking murder on an Australian warship. The result is this intriguing and compelling book, The Drowned Man. We talked to […] - Read more


Publisher’s Pick: Troppo by Madelaine Dickie

August 3, 2016

Here is our first Publisher’s Pick, and to kick start it off, we have a great book by Madelaine Dickie recommended by Fremantle Press, Penguin Australia. Why we love it: Troppo is a great Australian surf novel from a writer who has experienced surf culture in the world’s most remote regions. This is surfing from […] - Read more

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Error Australis by Ben Pobjie: Read an extract here

Read an extract of Error Australis here ‘It’s hard for history to shock you once you understand that it’s every bit as nuts as modern life.’ We spoke to comedian and history buff Ben Pobjie about his new book ‘Error Australis: The reality recap of Australian history‘, an account of a young nation that’s both informative and […] - Read more


For Our Next Book Club… March by Geraldine Brooks

August 2, 2016

‘A moving and inspirational tour de force’ – Los Angeles Times Book Review ‘Compelling… March takes you on a fulfilling and engaging journey’ – Sunday Telegraph Our next Better Reading Book Club Live will discuss March by Australian writer Geraldine Brooks, winner of the 2006 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction. From Louisa May Alcott’s Little Women, […] - Read more


The Reading Hour is Fast Approaching!

Visit our website for resources, updates and more! The Reading Hour is one of the most celebrated annual reading initiatives in Australia, and supports individuals, families and communities to discover and rediscover the joy of reading. This year the Reading Hour’s ambassador is comedian and author, Magda Szubanski! The Reading Hour emerged from the National […] - Read more

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It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover: read the first chapter now

Click here for Chapter one! Why we love it: Bestselling Young Adult author Colleen Hoover has turned her skilled hand to adult fiction with a stunning debut – It Ends With Us is confronting, poignant, and deeply moving. Lily Bloom had a difficult upbringing; an only, lonely child witnessing her parents’ abusive relationship, she finds solace in […] - Read more


Book of the Week: It Ends With Us by Colleen Hoover

Why we love it: Bestselling Young Adult author Colleen Hoover has turned her skilled hand to adult fiction with a stunning debut – It Ends With Us is confronting, poignant, and deeply moving. Lily Bloom had a difficult upbringing; an only, lonely child witnessing her parents’ abusive relationship, she finds solace in growing things, the coincidence of […] - Read more


The Drowned Man: A true story of life, death and murder on HMAS Australia

August 1, 2016

Following a chance encounter with a navy veteran in a fish-‘n’-chip shop , writer and history teacher Brendan James Murray embarked on a quest to uncover the truth about a shocking murder on an Australian warship. The result is this intriguing and compelling book, The Drowned Man. We talked to Brendan James Murray about the encounter that sparked the book […] - Read more


Author Q&A: Brendan James Murray on The Drowned Man

July 29, 2016

  Following a chance encounter in a fish-‘n’-chip shop with a navy veteran, writer and history teacher Brendan James Murray embarked on the quest to uncover the truth about a shocking murder on an Australian warship. The result is this intriguing and compelling book, The Drowned Man. We talked to Brendan James Murray about the encounter that sparked the book and […] - Read more


Our Weekend Read, Music and Freedom: Read the first chapter now

Read the first chapter of Music and Freedom now Our recommended Weekend Read is: Music and Freedom by Zoë Morrison Music and Freedom is a lyrical, heart-wrenching and, ultimately, uplifting novel that moves with an almost musical meter between the episodes of a life – through dark movements to the light. We meet 70-year-old Alice, […] - Read more


Error Australis: The reality recap of Australian history by Ben Pobjie

July 27, 2016

‘It’s hard for history to shock you once you understand that it’s every bit as nuts as modern life.’ We spoke to comedian and history buff Ben Pobjie about his new book ‘Error Australis: The reality recap of Australian history‘, an account of a young nation that’s both informative and hilarious. Better Reading: Congrats on Error Australis. […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Watching Edie by Camilla Way

July 26, 2016

Why We Love It: Watching Edie is a gripping psychological thriller about friendship, jealousy, obsession, and lies that hooked us from the start. Heather was an overweight, friendless 16-year old, an academic achiever with strict parents who had moved to the good side of a rather grim English town. Heather struggled to fit in, hiding […] - Read more


Watching Edie by Camilla Way: Read the first chapter now

Click Here for Chapter One! Why We Love It: Watching Edie is a gripping psychological thriller about friendship, jealousy, obsession, and lies that hooked us from the start. Heather was an overweight, friendless 16-year old, an academic achiever with strict parents who had moved to the good side of a rather grim English town. Heather […] - Read more


Weekend Read: Music and Freedom by Zoë Morrison

July 25, 2016

Our recommended Weekend Read is: Music and Freedom by Zoë Morrison Music and Freedom is a lyrical, heart-wrenching and, ultimately, uplifting novel that moves with an almost musical meter between the episodes of a life – through dark movements to the light. We meet 70-year-old Alice, alone in her grey, shadowy home, dividing her “dying […] - Read more


Life of the Party: the remarkable story of how Brownie Wise built, and lost, a Tupperware party empire

July 22, 2016

Who was behind the legendary Tupperware empire? Was it Earl Tupper who invented the plastic to make the product or was it single mother Brownie Wise who revolutionised the sales and marketing of the product? Life of the Party is an intriguing read about a trailblazing woman who changed the landscape of shopping in America, who […] - Read more


Street Library: Borrow a Book, Lend a Book

July 21, 2016

‘The more you read, the more things you will know… The more you learn, the more places you will go… ‘ Dr Seuss What a wonderful idea! Street Library is encouraging the free sharing of books with these little weather-proof houses for books planted on people’s front fences – little libraries that are popping up at front yards […] - Read more

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July Book Club Panel

July 20, 2016

Our next Better Reading Book Club Live on July 27 at 8pm AEST will discuss Out of the Ice, the second novel from Australian writer and filmmaker Ann Turner, and we have two great booklovers joining us on the couch – Suzanne Leal and Nicole Abadee! Suzanne Leal began her career as a criminal lawyer and has since […] - Read more


Dive into our Book of the Week: Blame by Nicole Trope!

July 19, 2016

Click here for Chapter One! Why we love it:  Blame is an intense and shocking novel, a darkly humorous story that cuts straight into the broken lives of two suburban mothers whose experiences of motherhood are a far-cry from rosy social media stereotypes. Anna and Caro have been firm friends since they met at their […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Blame by Nicole Trope

Why we love it:  Blame is an intense and shocking novel, a darkly humorous story that cuts straight into the broken lives of two suburban women whose experiences of motherhood are a far-cry from rosy social media stereotypes. Anna and Caro have been firm friends since they met at their local early childhood centre with their […] - Read more


Weekend Read: Devour by L.A. Larkin

Looking for a great weekend read? The sort of book that can absorb you totally and transport you to another world; one that you’ll have no problem starting Friday night and finishing by Sunday – if not sooner? Devour, the cracking new thriller from L.A. Larkin is one such book and is the first to kick […] - Read more


Five Minutes with L.A. Larkin, Author of our Weekend Read Devour

July 18, 2016

5 Minutes with L.A. Larkin British-Australian thriller author, L.A. Larkin, has been likened to Michael Crichton and Matthew Reilly. The Genesis Flaw was nominated for four crime fiction awards and Thirst described as ‘the best Antarctic thriller since Ice Station’. Her latest book Devour is our recommended Weekend Read. As a child my favourite book […] - Read more

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Start reading Devour by L.A. Larkin this weekend!

Click here for Chapter One!  Looking for a great weekend read? The sort of book that can absorb you totally and transport you to another world; one that you’ll have no problem starting Friday night and finishing by Sunday – if not sooner? Devour, the cracking new thriller from L.A. Larkin is one such book and […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Breaking Cover by Stella Rimington

July 12, 2016

Why we love it: In Breaking Cover, veteran MI5 insider and author Stella Rimington delivers a clever, fast-paced and timely espionage thriller that reflects up-to-the minute current events and her own insider knowledge of the intelligence services. Jasminder Kapoor is a human rights campaigner who’s been critical of the British government’s surveillance of ordinary citizens. One night Kapoor is […] - Read more


Love Wins: The Promise that Won the Landmark Case for Marriage Equality

July 9, 2016

Love Wins: The Promise That Won The Landmark Case for Marriage Equality by Debbie Cenziper and Jim Obergefell Love Wins is a both a beautiful love story and an inspirational story of a David and Goliath legal battle that changed the course of US legal history. It’s the story of what happened after Jim Obergefell fell in […] - Read more


Essay: Painting the Roses Red by Robert Glancy

July 6, 2016

‘Malawi became a stage in which Banda was the star and his people the actors…’ PAINTING THE ROSES RED by Robert Glancy At the dawn of Zimbabwe’s independence, Samora Machel told Robert Mugabe, ‘You have the jewel of Africa in your hands.’ Tragically we know how that ended. But many forget that moment of hope. The […] - Read more


Author Q&A: Robert Glancy on his new novel Please Do Not Disturb

‘Bwalo is a thinly veiled version of Malawi. Tafumo, the fictional dictator, is based on Banda, Malawi’s real dictator. Power corrupted Banda completely. Near the end of his seemingly endless rule he was madder than a bag of snakes.’ Robert Glancy’s second novel is a wonderfully funny, often poignant book set in a fictional African […] - Read more


Book of the Week: The Woman Next Door by Liz Byrski

July 5, 2016

Why we love it: The Woman Next Door is a delightful new novel about friendship, marriage, identity and growing old, from one of Australia’s most beloved writers. Emerald Street, Fremantle, has for long been a place where a lovely and loving set of neighbours have been popping in and out of each other’s houses for cups […] - Read more


Start reading The Woman Next Door by Liz Byrski!

July 4, 2016

Click here for Chapter One! Why we love it: The Woman Next Door is a delightful new novel about friendship, marriage, identity and growing old, from one of Australia’s most beloved writers. Emerald Street, Fremantle, has for long been a place where a lovely and loving set of neighbours have been popping in and out of […] - Read more


Join us for July Book Club Live – Out of the Ice by Ann Turner!

July 1, 2016

Our next Better Reading Book Club Live on July 27 at 8pm AEST will discuss Out of the Ice, the second novel from Australian writer and filmmaker Ann Turner. Turner delivers another brilliant suspense novel with Out of the Ice, solidifying her position as one of Australia’s best thriller writers.  Turner has an unrivalled skill in creating intelligent characters […] - Read more


Book Review: About Grace by Anthony Doerr

June 30, 2016

“I loved this wonderful book – its strangeness, its obsessiveness, its beautiful sentences.’ – Author Monica Ali There’s nothing like winning a Pulitzer Prize to get the world to take notice of your novels and Anthony’s Doerr’s beautiful, Pulitzer Prize winning, All the Light We Cannot See, certainly did that for him. If you’ve read All the […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Our Young Man by Edmund White

June 28, 2016

Why we love it:  With Our Young Man one of America’s greatest novelists delivers a sad yet funny, and nostalgic story of gay life in 80s New York,  that recalls elements of Oscar Wilde’s classic The Picture of Dorian Gray. With a downtrodden mother, alcoholic father, and uninteresting siblings, the stunningly beautiful teenager Guy (pronounced in the French […] - Read more


Our Young Man by Edmund White: Read the first chapter

June 27, 2016

Click here for the first chapter! Why we love it:  With Our Young Man one of America’s greatest novelists delivers a sad yet funny, and nostalgic story of gay life in 80s New York,  that recalls elements of Oscar Wilde’s classic The Picture of Dorian Gray. With a downtrodden mother, alcoholic father, and uninteresting siblings, the stunningly beautiful […] - Read more


Villain Attraction: The Orange Readers and Writers Festival

June 24, 2016

Explore Villain Attraction at the Central West’s Biggest Literary Festival… We had so much fun at last year’s festival and this one promises even more interesting talks and lively discussion. This year’s Orange Readers and Writers Festival, hosted by Central West Libraries, is all about Villain Attraction. The festival, on Saturday 9 July, will look […] - Read more


Out of the Ice by Ann Turner: Read the First Chapter

June 21, 2016

Start reading Out of the Ice here! Why we love it: Ann Turner delivers another brilliant suspense novel with Out of the Ice, solidifying her position as one of Australia’s best thriller writers.  Turner has an unrivalled skill in creating intelligent characters and plots while at the same time evoking breathtaking settings that seamlessly transport her readers […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Out of the Ice by Ann Turner

Why we love it: Ann Turner delivers another brilliant suspense novel with Out of the Ice, solidifying her position as one of Australia’s best thriller writers.  Turner has an unrivalled skill in creating intelligent characters and plots while at the same time evoking breathtaking settings that seamlessly transport her readers to another world. Laura Alvarado is an […] - Read more


Reading Group Notes for Out of the Ice by Ann Turner

Click here for discussion notes on Out of the Ice! Why we love it: Ann Turner delivers another brilliant suspense novel with Out of the Ice, solidifying her position as one of Australia’s best thriller writers.  Turner has an unrivalled skill in creating intelligent characters and plots while at the same time evoking breathtaking settings that seamlessly […] - Read more


The June Book Club Panel: Toni Jordan and Mark Dapin

For our next Better Reading Book Club Live we’re discussing Anthony Doerr’s award-winning All the Light We Cannot See, and Cheryl will be joined on the couch by two renowned Australian writers: Toni Jordan and Mark Dapin! Toni Jordan is the author of four novels. The international bestseller Addition (2008), was a Richard and Judy Bookclub pick and […] - Read more


Meet Majok Tulba

June 20, 2016

My name is Majok Tulba. I was born in Pacong, a village by the waters of the White Nile in Southern Sudan. I came to Australia as a refugee in 2001. My village was a paradise. As a boy, I loved staying outdoors, tending goats, hunting in the woods and playing with my friends in […] - Read more


Author Q&A: Miles Franklin Shortlisted Author Lucy Treloar on Salt Creek

June 15, 2016

Lucy Treloar’s first novel, Salt Creek, is in the running for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award. One of five novels to be shortlisted this year, Salt Creek tells the story of the Finch family, Australian settlers who move from the luxury of town-life in Adelaide to the wild and harsh Coorong in South Australia. […] - Read more


Start reading Don’t You Cry, the latest thriller from Mary Kubica!

June 14, 2016

  Read the first chapter here! Why we Love it:  For Mary Kubica’s growing legion of fans we’re thrilled to report that America’s bestselling suspense writer has just released her third book – and Don’t You Cry is as creepy and thrilling as the previous two. It’s the start of a grim Chicago winter and Quinn’s roommate Esther […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Don’t You Cry by Mary Kubica

Why we Love it:  For Mary Kubica’s growing legion of fans we’re thrilled to report that America’s bestselling suspense writer has just released her third book – and Don’t You Cry is as creepy and thrilling as the previous two. It’s the start of a grim Chicago winter and Quinn’s roommate Esther Vaughan is missing. Her bedroom window […] - Read more


Author Q&A: Steven Rowley on Lily and the Octopus

June 8, 2016

First time novelist Steven Rowley has made a big splash with his novel, Lily and the Octopus, a moving and funny story of a dachshund Lily and her owner Ted. Ted is stuck in his life – he’s looking for the right guy with a little online dating and while he has some good friends, his ‘best friend’ […] - Read more


Book of the Week: This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell

June 7, 2016

Why we love it: We get extremely excited when we hear about a new Maggie O’ Farrell novel. And This Must Be The Place lived up to all our expectations of the acclaimed writer, who with each novel becomes even more skilled at capturing the pitfalls and poignancy of modern life, marriage, separation and parenting. In Ireland to […] - Read more


This Must Be The Place by Maggie O’Farrell – read the first chapter

Start reading This Must Be The Place here! Why we love it: We get extremely excited when we hear about a new Maggie O’ Farrell novel. And This Must Be The Place lived up to all our expectations of the acclaimed writer, who with each novel becomes even more skilled at capturing the pitfalls and poignancy of modern […] - Read more


Join the Campaign to Save Australian Stories

June 2, 2016

“Why would we feed our markets to New York and London and international tech companies when we’ve got a hugely successful cultural industry?” – Ross Gibb, Pan Macmillan Australia Why indeed? Think of the Australian book industry. Jackie French, Tim Winton, Di Morrissey, Richard Flanagan, Liane Moriarty, Christos Tsiolkas, Markus Zusak, Andy Griffith, Thomas Keneally, […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Rose’s Vintage by Kayte Nunn

May 31, 2016

  Why we love it: Rose’s Vintage is a treat for romance fans, with a charmingly normal heroine, a couple you’ll root for and a delectable winery setting. When she arrives in Australia, Rose Bennett is ready for change. She’s made an impulsive decision to leave the life she knows behind, and start again as an au […] - Read more


Rose’s Vintage – Read the first chapter!

Rose’s Vintage Chapter 1 – start reading now! Why we love it: Rose’s Vintage is a treat for romance fans, with a charmingly normal heroine, a couple you’ll root for and a delectable winery setting. When she arrives in Australia, Rose Bennett is ready for change. She’s made an impulsive decision to leave the life she knows behind, […] - Read more


Wine and Words with Kayte Nunn, Author of Rose’s Vintage

We thought Kayte Nunn‘s debut novel was delightfully delectable, and were excited to chat with her about it, as well as the process and research that went into her writing.  You can read an extract and find out more about Rose’s Vintage here, or go check out Kayte’s Pinterest board to see the inspiration behind the book!   BR: Congratulations […] - Read more

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All the Light We Cannot See – start reading now for Book Club!

Dive into Chapter One here. It is such a page-turner, entirely absorbing…” – Carmen Callil writing in the Guardian. “I must blame Anthony Doerr for lost sleep, because once I started reading his new novel, All the Light We Cannot See, there was no putting it down.” – The NY Times  Our next Better Reading […] - Read more


Ready to Soar: Turn Your Brilliant Idea Into A Business You Love by Naomi Simson

May 30, 2016

How many times have you turned over that great business idea in your brain? You know it’s simply brilliant and you could make a motza but how are you gonna get started and just what is stopping you from making the big leap? Is it fear of failure, lack of funds, not knowing what to do? […] - Read more

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For Our Next Live Book Club… All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr

“It is such a page-turner, entirely absorbing…” – Carmen Callil writing in the Guardian. “I must blame Anthony Doerr for lost sleep, because once I started reading his new novel, All the Light We Cannot See, there was no putting it down.” – The NY Times  Our next Better Reading Book Club Live will discuss […] - Read more


Kids Top 50: And the winners are…

May 27, 2016

This year Better Reading asked you to choose your all-time, favourite kids’ book- and you guys delivered! While we are still tallying up all your votes, we want to thank everyone wholeheartedly for getting involved. The list will be announced soon, so stay tuned! In the meantime, we want to congratulate the winners of our […] - Read more

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Everyone Brave is Forgiven: A Stunning New Novel from Chris Cleave

May 25, 2016

War was declared at 11.15 and Mary North signed up at noon. She did it at lunch, before telegrams came, in case her mother said no. The inimitable Chris Cleave has done it again. Clear your diaries so you have time to devour his stunning new novel, Everyone Brave is Forgiven, a beautifully written book with a powerful combination of […] - Read more


Book Club Notes for The Book Everyone’s Talking About: My Brilliant Friend

May 24, 2016

Click here for the publisher’s BOOK CLUB NOTES for My Brilliant Friend So much has been said about Elena Ferrante and her brilliant Neapolitan quartet of novels that we could fill pages. They have become the most talked-about novels in recent history and reached fever pitch in Australia last week with the novels’ translator Ann Goldstein […] - Read more


Dust on the Horizon by Tricia Stringer – Read the first chapter!

Click here to dive right into this compelling historical saga! Why We Love It:  When you’re in the mood for a juicy historical saga to sink your teeth into, Tricia Stringer’s Dust on the Horizon is just what you need. In her latest novel, Stringer returns to the beautiful but harsh Flinders Ranges in the 1800s with this […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Dust on the Horizon by Tricia Stringer

Want to see the ranges for yourself? Enter the competition to win a $500 travel voucher here! Why We Love It:  When you’re in the mood for a juicy historical saga to sink your teeth into, Tricia Stringer’s Dust on the Horizon is just what you need. In her latest novel, Stringer returns to the beautiful but harsh […] - Read more


Thicker than Water: A Compelling Story of One Woman’s Journey Into Her Family’s Dark Past

May 21, 2016

A story of an Australian pioneer might not sound like the most riveting read, but rest assured, Thicker Than Water is surprising and compelling on so many levels. When Cal Flyn, a British journalist from the remote Scottish Highlands, discovered that one of her ancestors was the eminent Australian explorer, Angus McMillan, she felt a burst of pride […] - Read more


The 2016 ABIA Awards: And The Winners Are…

May 19, 2016

“So @Gloria Steinem just presented me w #ABIAwards2016 #BiographyoftheYear. Honestly, if I died now, I would not care…” – Magda Szubanski tweets at tonight’s ABIA Awards. The 2016 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have just been announced at a gala ceremony at the Art Gallery of NSW in Sydney tonight. And the overall winner for Book […] - Read more


BorrowBox: A Library in the Palm of Your Hand

May 18, 2016

Any book in the palm of your hand? For free? Does that sounds too good to be true? In fact it’s a reality for over one million readers around Australia. We spoke to Jan Herrmann, co-CEO of Bolinda and co-founder of BorrowBox, about how easy it is to borrow a book any time, no matter […] - Read more

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Keep You Close by Lucie Whitehouse: Read the first chapter

May 17, 2016

Click here to start reading Keep You Close – we think you’ll be hooked!  Why we love it: A clever and chilling psychological thriller, Keep You Close kept us guessing until the very last page as we tried to put together the many pieces of its shockingly original plotline. Rowan and Marianne Glass were great high school […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Keep You Close by Lucie Whitehouse

Why we love it: A clever and chilling psychological thriller, Keep You Close kept us guessing until the very last page as we tried to put together the many pieces of its shockingly original plotline. Rowan and Marianne Glass were great high school friends, but they haven’t spoken for ten years after a major fall-out. When Marianne […] - Read more


Australian Midwives: Amazing Real-life Stories by Paula Heelan

May 14, 2016

Australian Midwives is a moving collection of real-life stories from Australian midwives working in remote areas of Australia. They share with author Paula Heenan their experiences of that most commonplace but miraculous event, the birth of a child. These stories are touching, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking. They’re stories that show us from those on the ground what it’s […] - Read more


The May Better Reading Book Club Live Panel… Caroline Overington and Michael Robotham

“Passions run high when you’re talking about Ferrante and her work, particularly her sensational, highly addictive Neapolitan novels, which paint a portrait of a consuming female friendship against the backdrop of social and political upheaval in Italy from the 1950s to the present day.”  See more of this Vanity Fair article here For the next Better […] - Read more


Our Tiny, Useless Hearts by Toni Jordan: Read the First Chapter Here

Click here to read the first chapter of Our Tiny, Useless Hearts  Why we love it: Toni Jordan’s latest Our Tiny, Useless Hearts is a hilarious bedroom farce interwoven with serious threads that will strike a chord with many. This fast-paced, screwball comedy takes place at the home of Caroline and Henry in semi-rural suburbia. Caroline’s […] - Read more


Hidden Bodies Author Caroline Kepnes on Scaring Stephen King

May 11, 2016

“There’s nothing better than laughing when you know you maybe shouldn’t be laughing, right?” Caroline Kepnes received huge critical acclaim for her first book You, with the its anti-hero Joe Goldberg, a despicable character who we couldn’t help rather like despite ourselves. It was a thrilling, creepy and sinister book that even managed to scare the master […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Our Tiny, Useless Hearts by Toni Jordan

May 10, 2016

Why we love it: Toni Jordan’s latest Our Tiny, Useless Hearts is a hilarious bedroom farce interwoven with serious threads that will strike a chord with many. This fast-paced, screwball comedy takes place at the home of Caroline and Henry in semi-rural suburbia. Caroline’s sister Janice is trying to help out as Caroline’s marriage falls […] - Read more


The Books that Changed My Life by Bethanne Patrick

May 7, 2016

This is a book lover’s book if ever there was one. Author Bethanne Patrick has gathered 100 diverse contributors – authors, actors, politicians, artists, musicians – to tell her about the one book that has most impacted their lives. We love books like this. Like belonging to a book club, reading carefully curated selections can open us up […] - Read more


The One Who Got Away by Caroline Overington: Read the First Chapter

Read the first chapter of The One Who Got Away here Why we love it: Caroline Overington’s latest novel The One Who Got Away is a twisted yet funny psychological thriller that culminates in a gripping courtroom drama. Loren Wynne-Estes has a seemingly perfect life – a beautiful home on the ‘high side’ of an affluent Los […] - Read more


Without My Mum: Heartfelt Stories of Love and Loss

May 5, 2016

Perhaps the only thing that can impact and shape a woman’s life with the same power as her mother’s love and guidance is her mother’s death. In Without My Mum, Leigh Van Der Horst candidly shares the story of losing her mother to cancer and raising her young family during this awful time. It’s a heartbreaking […] - Read more


Book of the Week: The One Who Got Away by Caroline Overington

May 3, 2016

Why we love it: Caroline Overington’s latest novel The One Who Got Away is a twisted yet funny psychological thriller that culminates in a gripping courtroom drama. Loren Wynne-Estes has a seemingly perfect life – a beautiful home on the ‘high side’ of an affluent Los Angeles suburb, a drop-dead gorgeous husband, cute twin girls and all […] - Read more


An Inspirational Memoir: Life As I Know It by Michelle Payne

April 30, 2016

“I want to say to everyone else, get stuffed, because they think women aren’t strong enough but we just beat the world.” Who could forget jockey Michelle Payne’s forthright speech immediately after becoming the first female jockey to win Australia’s biggest horse race?   Now in her memoir, Life As I know It, Michelle Payne reveals the […] - Read more


The Next Live Book Club Will Be… Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend

April 29, 2016

Our next Better Reading Book Club Live will discuss Elena Ferrante’s My Brilliant Friend. Don’t miss the opportunity to talk about the first of this brilliant Italian author’s ‘Neapolitan quartet’ of novels that have been the focus of so much excitement and discussion over the past year. “Imagine if Jane Austen got angry and you’ll have […] - Read more


Literary Awards Roundup

April 28, 2016

There have been plenty of award announcements lately, so it’s not hard to lose track of what has won what so far this year, and what is still to be announced! Click on the titles, links and covers below for more information. The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen won the 2016 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction, and you […] - Read more

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Kate Tempest on Tour

April 26, 2016

This May don’t miss hearing Kate Tempest, the English poet, rapper, playwright, and author of our electrifying Book of the Week The Bricks that Built the Houses speak as she comes to Australia for the first time. She’s giving the opening address for the Sydney Writer’s Festival, as well as appearing on the panel for the SWF […] - Read more


Book of the Week: The Bricks that Built the Houses by Kate Tempest

Why we love it: The Bricks That Built the Houses is a fast-paced, urban tale about a group of young friends struggling in contemporary London. Its poetic, almost explosive writing style and modern, disillusioned characters are reminiscent of the author’s poetry and rap for which she is drawing huge critical acclaim around the globe. Harry […] - Read more


Daughter of Australia: A Majestic, Sweeping Novel that Will Take Your Breath Away

April 22, 2016

In a stunning debut novel that evokes the epic scope of Colleen McCullough’s classic The Thorn Birds, Harmony Verna creates a poignant story of forbidden love and unwielding courage, set in Australia and America in the early decades of the twentieth century. 1898, Western Australia. A crippled miner finds an abandoned young child in the […] - Read more


Author Pamela Hart on Women in WWI and the books that influenced her work

April 20, 2016

Women are often invisible in accounts of World War I. And if people do talk about them, they concentrate on the nurses who went to the front, as in the book, ANZAC Girls  by Peter Rees – which, by the way, is a great read. There were lots of other women involved in the war effort, of […] - Read more

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Standing Strong by Fiona McCallum: Read the First Chapter

Read the first chapter here Why we love it: Bestseller Fiona McCallum returns to the tight-knit town of Wattle Creek and Jacqueline and Damien as they all band together in the face of adversity. The follow-up to her 2012 bestseller, Wattle Creek, Standing Strong returns to the town of Wattle Creek where psychologist Jacqueline Havelock is starting to […] - Read more


Stella Prize 2016: And the Winner Is Charlotte Wood for The Natural Way of Things

April 19, 2016

Congratulations to Charlotte Wood on winning the 2016 Stella Prize in Sydney tonight for The Natural Way of Things. Fresh off a win for the Indie Book of the Year, The Natural Way of Things has made a huge splash in the Australian publishing world. The dark, enthrallingly told  novel of the friendship two women cultivate while trapped in a […] - Read more

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Book of the Week: Standing Strong by Fiona McCallum

Why we love it:  Bestseller Fiona McCallum returns to the tight-knit town of Wattle Creek and Jacqueline and Damien as they all band together in the face of adversity. The follow-up to her 2012 bestseller, Wattle Creek, Standing Strong returns to the town of Wattle Creek where psychologist Jacqueline Havelock is starting to feel properly settled. She has […] - Read more


The First Better Reading Book Club Panel

April 18, 2016

For our first Better Reading Book Club Live, Better Reading’s Cheryl Akle will be joined by two very special guests to discuss Liane Moriarty’s blockbuster Big Little Lies. The guests of the first book club on Wednesday April 27 at 8pm are: Kelly Doust  Kelly is the author of the recent novel and our Book of the […] - Read more

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Things My Mother Taught Me by Claire Halliday

April 16, 2016

“You learn from your parents by watching how they behave – not necessarily by what they say.” – Li Cunxin (author of Mao’s Last Dancer) In this compelling, insightful collection, journalist Claire Halliday gathers the stories of a diverse selection of Australians to find out what their mother taught them. Each story imparts the wisdom passed […] - Read more


The Trap by Melanie Raabe: Read the First Chapter

April 15, 2016

Our Book of the Week, The Trap, is brilliant. See for yourself; read the first chapter here.  Why We Love It: The Trap is a gripping psychological thriller with a literary difference. Fact and fiction blur as we race towards the dramatic conclusion, never quite sure what to expect next. Linda Conrads caught a glimpse […] - Read more

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Book of the Week: The Trap by Melanie Raabe

April 12, 2016

Why We Love It: The Trap is a gripping psychological thriller with a literary difference. Fact and fiction blur as we race towards the dramatic conclusion, never quite sure what to expect next. Linda Conrads caught a glimpse of the man who murdered her sister and got away with it. Although it’s been twelve years, […] - Read more

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Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon: Read the First Chapter

April 8, 2016

  Read the first chapter of Flight of Dreams here Why we love it: Flight of Dreams is an edge-of-your-seat historical whodunit about one of aviation’s most enduring mysteries. In May 1937 the pride of Nazi Germany, the Hindenburg airship, travelled from Frankfurt to Lakehurst, New Jersey, where it dramatically exploded into flames as it […] - Read more


Reading Notes for Big Little Lies

Our first Better Reading Book Club Live will discuss Australian author Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies. Click here for the publisher’s discussion notes! If you’ve read Big Little Lies, you’ll know that there are plenty of things to discuss. if you haven’t, now is a great time to dive in before our first Book Club […] - Read more


How I Met My Son: Yolanda Bogert’s Story

“A retraction: In 1995 we announced the arrival of our sprogget, Elizabeth Anne, as a daughter. He informs us that we were mistaken. Oops! Our bad. We would now like to present, our wonderful son — Kai Bogert. Loving you is the easiest thing in the world. Tidy your room.” When Queensland mum Yolanda Bogert […] - Read more


From Tehran to Melbourne, a Powerful Memoir of Survival

April 7, 2016

Scattered Pearls is a poignant and inspiring memoir beginning in pre-revolutionary Iran, where Sohila Zanjani grew up under the threat of violence and  intimidation from her abusive father. Though she resolved never to tread in the footsteps of her mother and her grandmother, both survivors of domestic abuse, when Sohila migrated to Australia she suffered terrible emotional and physical […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Flight of Dreams by Ariel Lawhon

April 5, 2016

Why we love it: Flight of Dreams is an edge-of-your-seat historical whodunit about one of aviation’s most enduring mysteries. In May 1937 the pride of Nazi Germany, the Hindenburg airship, travelled from Frankfurt to Lakehurst, New Jersey, where it dramatically exploded into flames as it attempted to land, killing 35 of the 97 on board. […] - Read more


The Better Reading Book Club Live: Frequently Asked Questions

On the last Wednesday of every month, at 8pm, we’re launching our live, interactive book club where you can join in the passionate conversation about books. We’ll be choosing a book that we know you’ll want to talk about and we’ll be selecting some very special guests to join us each month. Joining our Book Club is easy […] - Read more


From Crafty Minx to Novel Writer: The Making of Our Book the Week

April 3, 2016

Secrets of the Coronet: Author of  Precious Things, The Crafty Minx and A Life in Frocks Kelly Doust tells us about the making of our intriguing Book of the Week, Precious Things ‘In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you’ – Oscar Wilde Coronet: [kôrəˈnet,ˌkärəˈnet] noun. A small or relatively simple crown, especially […] - Read more


The First Better Reading Book Club Live: Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty

April 1, 2016

Our first Better Reading Book Club Live will discuss Australian author Liane Moriarty’s Big Little Lies. If you haven’t already read Big Little Lies, you may have heard a lot about it.  This book spent months on the Australian and US bestseller lists and it’s so good that Reese Witherspoon snapped up the screen rights […] - Read more


Ever Wanted to Join A Book Club? Announcing The Better Reading Book Club Live

Upcoming Book Club details! We’ve celebrated all our Book Clubs for 2016, including our November edition which included a LIVE AUDIENCE! Missed one? Catch up here.   Then tune in on: Wednesday the 29th of March 2017 at 8pm AEST. The book will be Crimson Lake by Candice Fox, which will hit bookstores at the end of […] - Read more


Author Q&A: Cath Ferla on Her Nail-Biting Debut, Ghost Girls

March 31, 2016

Cath Ferla’s debut novel, Ghost Girls, is the original story of English language teacher turned private detective, Sophie Sandilands, who becomes immersed in the seedy underbelly of Sydney’s Chinatown. Ferla is an exciting new voice in Australian crime fiction with this page-turning story of foreign students going missing, switching identities and being forgotten about in an […] - Read more

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Precious Things by Kelly Doust: Read The First Chapter

READ THE FIRST CHAPTER HERE Why we love it:  Precious Things tells the compelling story of a modern woman while weaving the fascinating and mysterious stories of many women from the past two centuries. What links each of them is a beautiful, precious thing – a bejeweled and mysterious coronet. Aimee is living in a cloistered […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Precious Things by Kelly Doust

March 29, 2016

Why we love it: Precious Things tells the compelling story of a modern woman while weaving the fascinating and mysterious stories of many women from the past two centuries. What links each of them is a beautiful, precious thing – a bejewelled and mysterious coronet. Aimee is living in a cloistered environment in a late […] - Read more


Book Review: In Other Words by Jhumpa Lahiri

March 28, 2016

Celebrated author Jhumpa Lahiri was obsessed, possessed even, by the Italian language. Can you imagine? Teaching yourself a language from scratch and immersing yourself in it to the extent that you accomplish the mammoth task of writing a book in that language. This is what US writer Jhumpa Lahiri did and she outlines this journey in her beautiful memoir, In […] - Read more


Booker Prize Winner Graham Swift’s Latest Novel Mothering Sunday

March 24, 2016

In Mothering Sunday, the new novel from Man Booker winner Graham Swift (Last Orders), we meet Jane Fairchild, the maid without a family to visit on the traditional servants’ day off. Instead, Jane rides her bicycle to nearby home Upleigh to visit her lover, young man of the house Paul Sheringham – and unknowingly sets […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Penguin Bloom by Cameron Bloom and Bradley Trevor Greive

March 22, 2016

Why we love it: Penguin Bloom is a truly original book – part photographic journal, part tragic story – and readers of all kinds will fall in love with the stunning images and be moved to the core by the heartrending narrative. In Penguin Bloom, professional photographer Cameron Bloom tells the story of his beloved wife Sam and how a […] - Read more

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Talking About Books and Writing at The Royal Easter Show

Catch up with Better Reading’s Cheryl Akle and rural fiction writer Fiona McCallum at this year’s Royal Easter Show To celebrate the growth of rural fiction, Harlequin, the global publisher specialising in women’s fiction, brings two Australia’s most successful authors in the genre, Rachael Johns and Fiona McCallum, to the inaugural Rural Fiction Festival at the 2016 Royal […] - Read more


Book Review: Scary Old Sex by Arlene Heyman

March 19, 2016

Who knew there was anything left to write about sex that could shock? But then, not many writers have addressed the subject of sex between those in their advancing years. In a world where sexual images are often those of healthy young adults, these compelling short stories by New York psychiatrist Arlene Heyman are refreshingly original, funny and […] - Read more


Maestra by L.S. Hilton: Read the First Chapter

March 17, 2016

Read the first chapter of Maestra here Why we love it: Fifty Shades, Ripley, Gone Girl, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo… The comparisons are inevitable. But they tend to miss the point because Maestra is an original and this new heroine, Judith Rashleigh, is too. Sure, there are elements of Amy Dunne, Lisbeth Sander, and Ripley, […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Maestra by L.S. Hilton

March 15, 2016

Why we love it: Fifty Shades, Ripley, Gone Girl, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo… The comparisons are inevitable. But they tend to miss the point because Maestra is an original and this new heroine, Judith Rashleigh, is too. Sure, there are elements of Amy Dunne, Lisbeth Sander, and Ripley, but Judith is her own woman – […] - Read more


All These Perfect Strangers: Read the First Chapter

March 11, 2016

Read an extract from All These Perfect Strangers here  Why we Love It: We’re excited when we discover a stunning new voice in crime fiction, and even more so when that voice is an Australian one. All These Perfect Strangers is more than a gripping crime novel; it’s an intriguing and thought-provoking read. Pen Sheppard is […] - Read more


Book Review: Redeemable, A Memoir of Darkness and Hope by Erwin James

March 10, 2016

Can a murderer ever be truly redeemed? This book by convicted double murderer Erwin James is provocative, confronting and will change the way you think about crime and punishment. It’s a memoir of darkness and hope so straightforwardly yet beautifully written that when the book ends, it’s with sadness that we’re no longer immersed in this […] - Read more


Book of the Week: All These Perfect Strangers by Aoife Clifford

March 8, 2016

Why we Love It: We’re excited when we discover a stunning new voice in crime fiction, and even more so when that voice is an Australian one. All These Perfect Strangers is more than a gripping crime novel; it’s an intriguing and thought-provoking read. Pen Sheppard is from a poor and vulnerable family – brought up […] - Read more

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Outback Sisters by Rachael Johns: Read the First Chapter

March 3, 2016

Click here to read the first chapter of Rachael Johns’ latest novel Outback Sisters When a stunningly gorgeous stranger waltzes into Frankie’s Café and kisses her right at the counter, she doesn’t know whether to slap him or kiss him back. Turns out he’d mistaken Frankie for her older sister, Simone, who he had been chatting […] - Read more


Author Interview: Amanda Ortlepp on Running Against the Tide

  Amanda Ortlepp is best known for her emotionally thrilling first novel, Claiming Noah, about a couple’s descent into a nightmare after they successfully embark on an IVF program and donate a remaining embryo anonymously. Her second novel, Running Against the Tide, is no less compelling but the story and setting are a world apart. Erin Travers is escaping […] - Read more


Bad Hair Year: Read the First Chapter

Read the first chapter of Bad Hair Year here Bad things come in threes, a friend of Bambi Smyth tells her, but that’s not what she wants to hear because she’s already endured two devastating life events… Bambi Smyth was loving life, running a highly successful business, and planning travel and adventure with her fiancé Greg, […] - Read more

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Book of the Week: Outback Sisters by Rachael Johns

March 1, 2016

If you want to star in your own version of Rachael’s romance, head to the Bunyip Bay website where you can enter the competition to be a featured character in her next novel! Meanwhile read about Rachael’s latest novel… Why We Love It: When a stunningly gorgeous stranger waltzes into Frankie’s Café and kisses her right […] - Read more

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Book Review: Bambi Smyth’s Bad Hair Year

February 28, 2016

Bad things come in threes, a friend of Bambi Smyth tells her, but that’s not what she wants to hear because she’s already endured two devastating life events… Bambi Smyth was loving life, running a highly successful business, and planning travel and adventure with her fiancé Greg, when she was hit with the devastating news that she […] - Read more


Missing Presumed: Read the First Chapter

February 26, 2016

Read the first chapter of Missing, Presumed here We adore crime fiction, but of course not all crime fiction is created equal. And Missing, Presumed we firmly put in the category of brilliant crime – clever, gritty, sometimes funny, and with characters that get right under your skin. We love the latest in the tradition of hardened […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Missing, Presumed by Susie Steiner

February 23, 2016

Why We Love It: We adore crime fiction, but of course not all crime fiction is created equal. And Missing Presumed we firmly put in the category of brilliant crime – clever, gritty, sometimes funny, and with characters that get right under your skin. We love the latest in the tradition of hardened British female detectives in […] - Read more

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To Kill A Mockingbird Author Harper Lee Dies, Aged 89

February 20, 2016

We’re sad to report the death of Harper Lee. The novelist was best known for her huge critically acclaimed 1960 novel  To Kill A Mockingbird which won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction, sold more than 40 million copies and was made into a movie starring Gregory Peck. Lee was in the public eye for much of last year […] - Read more

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All That is Lost Between Us: Read the First Chapter

February 19, 2016

Read an extract of All That is Lost Between Us here All That is Lost Between Us is a gripping thriller and yet it’s more than that; it’s a family drama, a compelling story of motherhood, marriage and the perils of adolescence. Seventeen-year-old Georgia is keeping a monumental secret from her best friend and cousin, […] - Read more


Book of the Week: All That is Lost Between Us by Sara Foster

February 16, 2016

All That is Lost Between Us is a gripping thriller and yet it’s more than that; it’s a family drama, a compelling story of motherhood, marriage and the perils of adolescence. Seventeen-year-old Georgia is keeping a monumental secret from her best friend and cousin, Sophia. Sophia, meanwhile, is keeping her own secret from Georgia, and […] - Read more

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Author Interview: Dani Atkins on Fate and Seizing the Day

February 13, 2016

Our Song, Dani Atkins’ third novel, is an intensely emotional love story involving two couples connected by a shared past and brought together once more by a bizarre coincidence. With breathtaking plot twists, Atkins explores themes of serendipity, friendship and love. The many dilemmas and challenges that face her two main characters, Ally and Charlotte, over one […] - Read more

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Fever at Dawn: Read the First Chapter

Click here to read the first chapter of this beautiful novel Fever at Dawn is a profoundly moving and transcendent love story based on the real-life meeting of the author’s parents. Hungarian filmmaker Péter Gárdos marks a stunning new voice with his first novel. It’s 1945 and, after surviving one of the most notorious Nazi […] - Read more

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Book of the Week: Fever at Dawn by Péter Gárdos

February 9, 2016

Fever at Dawn is a profoundly moving and transcendent love story based on the real-life meeting of the author’s parents. Hungarian filmmaker Péter Gárdos marks a stunning new voice with his first novel. It’s 1945 and, after surviving one of the most notorious Nazi concentration camps – Belsen – Hungarian Miklós is shipped by the […] - Read more

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Author Interview: Thriller Writer Sara Foster on Playing with Tension

February 5, 2016

Sara Foster is the author of four suspense thrillers. Her latest, All That Is Lost Between Us, is a compelling novel about a young woman harbouring a secret from her family that leads to a dramatic turn of events she must struggle to control.  Sara Foster talks to Better Reading about why she set her latest thriller […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Jonathan Unleashed by Meg Rosoff

February 2, 2016

There’s one thing Jonathan knows for sure: if he can make it in New York City, he can make it anywhere. The first adult novel from bestselling young adult author Meg Rosoff is a quirky and unconventional coming-of-age story that is delightfully funny and thought-provoking. Twenty-something Jonathan has moved to New York City for a […] - Read more

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Author Talks: Juliette and Gail O’Brien

February 1, 2016

Author Talks: Juliette and Gail O’Brien In February Sydneysiders have the opportunity to catch up with author Juliette O’Brien, who wrote our poignant and uplifting Book of the Week, This is Gail. Juliette will be in conversation with her mother Gail O’Brien as they discuss the book about Gail’s heartbreaking story of losing her surgeon husband […] - Read more


Book of the Week: This is Gail by Juliette O’Brien

January 25, 2016

This is Gail is deeply moving and brutally honest. It’s a beautiful story about life, death, grief and survival through the worst that life sometimes throws at us. Many will remember the heartbreaking story of Sydney surgeon Chris O’Brien, diagnosed with a fatal brain tumour at the age of just 54. Underdoing treatment to defy his […] - Read more


Elizabeth Gilbert Returns to Oz!

January 22, 2016

We’re excited to announce that bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert will be in Australia and New Zealand in February and March 2016. In her latest book Big Magic, the Eat Pray Love author shares her personal, uplifting perspective on the elusive nature of creativity. On her tour, Gilbert will discuss embracing curiosity, finding your passion and how to face the world with […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Mercy Street by Tess Evans

January 19, 2016

One to touch your heart, make you smile – and even cause you to shed a tear. Mercy Street is one of those books with characters who capture your heart, and who you want to spend every minute with. Often humorous and sometimes heart-wrenching, it’s the story of George, a widowed pensioner living a ‘worn-out, […] - Read more

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Rural Romance Comes to Tamworth

January 14, 2016

There’s a long history of classic love stories set in stunning, yet remote locations. Australia has its fair share of beautiful scenery, so it’s no surprise our landscape has inspired many a romance novel. Whether it’s the heavy heat of an outback station or the crisp fresh air of a hinterlands farm, there’s no better setting to […] - Read more


David Bowie’s Best 100 Books

January 12, 2016

He was known as a voracious reader, as well as a great musician, and we love the late David Bowie’s list of Top 100 books. The list was revealed by curators when London’s Victoria & Albert Museum staged the David Bowie exhibition in 2013 (that came to Melbourne earlier this year). It’s as diverse and interesting as the […] - Read more

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Book of the Week: Carol by Patricia Highsmith

A hauntingly atmospheric love story set against the backdrop of fifties’ New York. Carol is haunting, evocative and moving. Its tension builds up slowly but surely until its satisfying conclusion. Originally published in the 1950s as The Price of Salt, the latest release of Patricia Highsmith’s once controversial novel coincides with the movie starring Cate […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Beside Myself by Ann Morgan

January 5, 2016

 Beside Myself grabs you from the first page, and holds you in its vice-like grip, until the last. The story of identical twins Helen and Ellie is desperately sad and scary but thoroughly entertaining and at times darkly humorous. Helen and Ellie are twins living in the suburbs of London. Helen is the confident, domineering twin; […] - Read more


Books of the Week: Our Picks for Summer Reading

December 29, 2015

 Books of the Week: Our Picks for Summer Reading  Anyone who loves literature like we do, knows how exciting this holiday period is. No, not the frantic gift-buying or pressure to cook the perfect Christmas turkey. Christmas only starts for most of us on Boxing Day, when the kids and husbands are glued to the […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Love Your Leftovers by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

December 22, 2015

Love Your Leftovers is for anyone who loves food but abhors waste. And it’s perfect for this festive time of year – we don’t need to feel guilty come Boxing Day when the fridge is groaning with leftovers; all we need is a little inspiration. River Cottage chef Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall is already well known for […] - Read more


Love Your Leftovers Recipe: Arancini Patties

December 21, 2015

This delicious recipe is from the latest River Cottage cookbook Love Your Leftovers by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. If you have some leftover risotto, one of the most delicious things you can do with it is transform it into these Italian-style fried rice balls. They’re good quite plain with just some cheese worked into them, or with other scraps […] - Read more


Love Your Leftovers Recipe: Lamb and Mint Cous Cous

From Love Your Leftovers, check out the full book here! What I love about this recipe is how easily it turns Sunday lunch into Monday’s lunchbox. If you have some leftover gravy, heat it up and add it to the liquid or stock you use to cook the couscous. I’ve added carrots and peas, but […] - Read more


Love Your Leftovers Recipe: Slightly Squashy Tomato & Egg Toast

This delicious recipe is from the latest River Cottage cookbook, Love Your Leftovers, by Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall. This deliciously savoury, speedy supper might seem a misfit in this chapter but is so good it had to go in somewhere. Tomatoes should really be stored at room temperature, which keeps them juicy and sweet, but also means that they […] - Read more


Margaret Fulton’s Classic Sponge Cake Recipe from The Great Australian Cookbook

December 16, 2015

This classic sponge cake recipe is by Margaret Fulton, from The Great Australian Cookbook. Margaret Fulton is one of Australia best loved cookery experts. Sometimes referred to as the ‘matriarch’ of Australian cooking, she was one of the pioneering writers and commentators on cooking in Australia and has even been credited with changing the way Australians eat. […] - Read more


Free Recipe: Raspberry Swirl Yoghurt Pops from Donna Hay, Life in Balance

December 15, 2015

Raspberry Swirl Yoghurt Pops are from Donna Hay’s beautiful new cookbook Life in Balance. Ingredients: 2 cups (560g) plain Greek-style (thick) yoghurt ½ cup (125ml) rice malt syrup+ 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste 2 cups (300g) frozen raspberries ¼ cup (60ml) rice malt syrup, extra* Method: Place the yoghurt, rice malt syrup and vanilla in a […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Between the Vines by Tricia Stringer

Why We Love It: Between the Vines by Tricia Stringer is a deliciously romantic novel, sometimes funny, sometimes sad, and with a compelling storyline that culminates in a nail-biting, but satisfying, conclusion among the vineyards of South Australia. Edward and Peter Starr are two troubled brothers, trying to run their family vineyard after the tragic death […] - Read more


Free Recipe: Crunchy Chicken Satay in a Pan from Sarah Wilson’s Simplicious

December 14, 2015

Crunchy Chicken Satay in a Pan from Sarah Wilson’s  I Quit Sugar: Simplicious: Ingredients: 1/2 cup crunchy natural peanut butter 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted 2 tablespoons tamari 1 teaspoon chilli flakes 1 clove garlic, minced 2 cm knob of ginger, minced 6 chicken thighs or drumsticks (or a combo) 300 g sugar snap peas, trimmed 1 […] - Read more

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Free Recipe: Quiche Lorraine from Matt Preston’s Simple Secrets

Lovely quiche from Simple Secrets to Cooking Everything Better by Matt Preston. Serves 6-8 I know it’s stupid, but about twelve years ago I got it into my head that the word ‘quiche’ sounded like ‘kiss’ – if said when a bit tiddly and trying to get amorous with a barmaid called Lorraine. Obviously that is stupid, […] - Read more

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Free Recipe: Chia Bircher from Fast Food for Busy Families by Pete Evans

Chia Bircher from Fast Food for Busy Families by Pete Evans Paleo is all about abundance and enjoyment and using foods that don’t cause inflammation in our bodies (and minds). I find a lot of people who start on the paleo journey have the best results when their favourite foods are reinterpreted or adapted. Many people start […] - Read more

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Gluten-free Naked Raspberry Cake from Feel Good Food by Valli Little

December 12, 2015

Gluten-free naked raspberry cake from the fabulous new Delicious cookbook, Feel Good Food by Valli Little If you have two 18cm cake pans, you can speed up the baking process. But however you do it, you certainly won’t regret making this showstopper when you bring it to the table. SERVES 6-8 5 eggs, separated 150ml pure maple […] - Read more


Free Recipe: Authentic Pasta Carbonara by Karen Martini

December 10, 2015

Authentic Pasta Carbonara by Karen Martini from her amazing new cookbook, New Kitchen The first spaghetti ‘carbonara’ I ever ate was on Lygon Street back in the … let’s just say it was the eighties. A massive bowl of pasta swimming in cream with plenty of bacon, sliced button mushrooms and the unmistakable aroma of jarred garlic. […] - Read more

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The Power of Audio Books: A Different Way To ‘Read’

How many times have you heard someone say they don’t have time to read? And most of us have bemoaned our own lack of reading time at some point. But lack of time need not be a hindrance with audio books. We spoke to Rebecca Herrmann [pictured, left], founder of Melbourne company, Bolinda audio, about […] - Read more


Free Recipe: Slashed Roast Leg of Lamb by Jill Dupleix

December 9, 2015

SLASHED ROAST LEG OF LAMB Simple yet stunning, perfect for a lazy summer afternoon. Jill Dupleix’s slashed roast leg of lamb is from the gorgeous new book, The Great Australian Cookbook  Servings: 6 | Prep Time: 15 mins | Cook Time: 1 hour 20 mins | Skill Level: 1 (Easy) INGREDIENTS 3 tbsp roughly chopped […] - Read more


Free Recipe: Peach Blossom Cake by Merle Parrish from The Great Australian Cookbook

Peach Blossom Cake by Merle Parrish This gorgeous cake will wow your guests. It’s from the fabulous new The Great Australian Cookbook that features the best cooks and chefs from all over Australia. Servings: 8 | Prep Time: 30 mins | Cook Time: 1 hour 10 mins | Skill Level: 2 (Moderate)     INGREDIENTS […] - Read more


Feel Good Food: Felafel Sliders by Valli Little

How good do these look? This delicious recipe is from the new Delicious cookbook, Feel Good Food, by Valli Little Felafel sliders with whipped feta and cucumber slaw Canned or dried chickpeas, and other pulses, are versatile pantry standbys, and offer a good, low-fat, high-protein alternative to meat. These cute sliders make great finger food for […] - Read more


Free Recipe: Charmaine Solomon’s Traditional Christmas Cake

December 8, 2015

  Traditional Christmas Cake by Charmaine Solomon from The Great Australian Cookbook Makes: 1 cake | Prep Time: Approx. 3 hours | Cook Time: 2 – 2 hours | Skill Level: Moderate INGREDIENTS Cake 250 g raisins, chopped 385 g sultanas, chopped 250 g mixed glacé fruit such as pineapple, apricot and quince, (avoid using […] - Read more


The Fascinating Life of an Intriguing Writer: John le Carré The Biography

December 3, 2015

Not many biographies begin in detail at a subject’s earliest years and grab the reader’s interest from the very first pages. The life of John le Carré – aka David Cornwell – is exceptional though. With a mother who abandoned him when he was a small child; a lying, flamboyant conman for a father; an early career as a spy; […] - Read more


Book of the Week: The Japanese Lover by Isabel Allende

December 1, 2015

Best known for her epic family saga, The House of Spirits, Isabel Allende is back with a poignant, uplifting and beautiful story of enduring love and family secrets. Irina, a troubled young woman from Eastern Europe, is trying to escape her former life by juggling jobs as an aged care worker, dog washer, and waitress. At […] - Read more


The Free First Chapter of M Train by Patti Smith

November 30, 2015

To Read the first chapter click here For some Patti Smith is best known as one of the world’s best rock musicians. For others, it’s her beautiful writing and poetry. To her fans – both. To date her best known book is her highly acclaimed 1996 memoir, Just Kids, which explored her early days in New York City, particularly […] - Read more

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Book of the Week: The Gilded Life of Matilda Duplaine by Alex Brunkhorst

November 24, 2015

Why we love it! Romantic and moody, this tale of love and privilege takes us into the world of the Hollywood establishment, and has a wonderfully intriguing mystery at its centre. We were completely transported by Alex Brunkhorst’s evocative descriptions of the opulent Los Angeles estates where much of the book is set. And she […] - Read more


And the Winner of the Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA) Is…

November 21, 2015

The Grapple Annual Number 1 edited by Duncan Felton (Grapple Publishing) Congratulations to Grapple author Duncan Felton and Grapple Publishing! At an award ceremony last night at Melbourne’s Wheeler Centre, book lovers recognised the underrated books of 2015 which included Grapple and two other nominees: Isabelle of the Moon and Stars by S.A. Jones (UWA Publishing) and Funemployed, Life […] - Read more


Kidnapped: The crime that shocked the nation by Mark Tedeschi QC

November 19, 2015

When eight-year-old Graeme Thorne was kidnapped on his way to school in July 1960, it became a crime that gripped Australia. NSW Crown Prosecutor and true crime writer Mark Tedeschi spoke to Better Reading about the case explored in his new book, Kidnapped. Graeme Thorne’s parents had won a fortune in the Opera House Lottery […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Reckoning by Magda Szubanski

November 17, 2015

Why We Love It: Reckoning is a searing and brutally honest memoir that takes us on the life journey of one of Australia’s best-loved entertainers, as well as on a mesmerising journey through the twentieth century. Magda Szubanski’s autobiography takes us right back to her roots. Her father is the Polish ‘assassin’, who fought in the […] - Read more

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A is for Arsenic: The Poisons of Agatha Christie

November 13, 2015

We spoke to chemist, writer and Agatha Christie fan, Kathyrn Harkup, about her fascinating new book, A is for Arsenic, which takes a look at fourteen Agatha Christie novels and investigates the poisons used.  Agatha Christie used poison to kill her characters more often than any other murder method, with the poison itself a central […] - Read more


Books of The Week: The Neapolitan Series by Elena Ferrante

November 10, 2015

Why we love them: You know how with some books you miss the characters when the final page comes? With Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Quartet you immerse yourself in the characters – love them, hate them, feel that you know them intimately – but by the novel’s close, you know there’s a sequel and you simply […] - Read more


The Ladies in Black are Back in the Adaptation of Madeleine St John’s Novel

November 9, 2015

The musical adaptation of Madeleine St John’s 1993 novel, The Women in Black, is coming to The Queensland Theatre Company this week in the world premiere of Ladies in Black. The world of F.G. Goode’s department store will be brought to life by internationally-acclaimed director Simon Phillips (Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Love Never Dies) with original […] - Read more


Ellie O’Neill on her Latest Novel, The Enchanted Island

November 5, 2015

Maeve O’Brien is the funny and loveable character in Ellie O’Neill’s witty new novel, The Enchanted Island. Maeve is terrible with money, addicted to shopping and social media, and needs to get away from her crazy life in Dublin. So when the opportunity arises to escape to a mysterious island off the coast of Ireland, she takes it in […] - Read more


The Wholesome Cook: Free Recipe for ‘Wholesome’ Chocolate Cake!

November 4, 2015

In The Wholesome Cook, talented cook and award-winning blogger Martyna Angell offers an array of recipes that are both nutritious and delicious – and endlessly adaptable to dietary restrictions. Here’s Martyna’s recipe for a deliciously not-too-decadent chocolate cake:   CHOCOLATE AND ROCHER ICING CAKE If you’re after a quiet indulgence cake this recipe combines a moist chocolate […] - Read more


M Train: Patti Smith’s Sublime New Memoir

October 29, 2015

For some Patti Smith is best known as one of the world’s best rock musicians. For others, it’s her beautiful writing and poetry. To her fans – both. To date her best known book is her highly acclaimed 1996 memoir, Just Kids, which explored her early days in New York City, particularly her intense friendship with the photographer Robert […] - Read more

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Author Mark Isaacs Jumps Up & Down for Kids

October 15, 2015

Mark Isaacs, author of the book The Undesirables which recalls his time working in the Nauru Immigration Detention Centre, will be one of the attendees at today’s release of the powerful, provocative song and video ‘Jump’. The song is intended as a call to action to all Australians to ‘jump up and down’ until all children […] - Read more


The Vlogging Stars & Their Memoirs

October 14, 2015

Vlogging has exploded in popularity and many of the best known vloggers have turned their popularity into bestselling memoirs. In its most basic form, a vlog is a blog created primarily with video content. With the rapid growth of technology, anyone with a stable internet connection and a cheap handheld video camera or webcam can […] - Read more


And the Booker Prize 2015 Goes to…

They took their time, but the judges have finally announced the winner of the world’s most anticipated literary award, The Man Booker Prize, in London. And the winner is: Jamaican author Marlon James for A Brief History of Seven Killings, an intriguing novel based on the real life attempted assassination of Bob Marley. Read a New York […] - Read more


The Winner of the 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature is…

October 9, 2015

The winner of this year’s Nobel Prize for Literature was announced in Sweden last night and the 112th winner is Belarusian writer and journalist Svetlana Alexievich, who becomes only the 14th female writer to win the prize. The writer, a vocal critic of the Russian government, has two books published in English: Voices from Chernobyl and Zinky Boys: Soviet […] - Read more


The Amazing Adam Liaw’s Asian Cookery School

October 7, 2015

  Have you ever found find yourself trying to create an Asian dish at home by chucking in as many ‘Asian’ ingredients as you can lay your hands on? But not achieving the desired result? If so, Adam Liaw’s new book, Asian Cookery School, is the cookbook for you. Sometimes, achieving the authenticity you’re after is simply about […] - Read more


First Chapters: Free Book Extract of Killing Love by Rebecca Poulson

October 1, 2015

KILLING LOVE By Rebecca Poulson Chapter 1 I wasn’t at home to receive the phone call from Mum to tell me my brother Adrian was dead. That Tuesday, 24 August 1993, I was still at work, auditing in the glass and marble offices of Arthur Andersen on Walker Street in North Sydney. I was still […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Sweet Caress by William Boyd

September 28, 2015

Why we love it: William Boyd takes us on a sweeping journey through the twentieth century with Amory Clay, an innocent child at the end of World War I to ex-photojournalist and semi-recluse in 1977. Blending historical fact with fiction, and using found photographs to illustrate the text, Boyd captures the imaginations of his readers […] - Read more


Free Recipe from Dan Churchill’s DudeFood: Irresistible Chocolate Souffle

September 25, 2015

Chocolate Souffle from DudeFood by Dan Churchill Serves 4 INGREDIENTS 1 1/2 tablespoons unsalted butter, plus extra for the ramekins 2 teaspoons icing sugar, plus extra for decorating 170 g dark chocolate, roughly chopped 2 tablespoons milk 4 egg whites 1/4 cup caster sugar 3 egg yolks 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract Preheat the oven to […] - Read more


Sophie Hardcastle on Her Brave and Moving Memoir of Mental Illness

Sophie Hardcastle is an exciting young writer from Sydney. After writing her first (unpublished) novel at fifteen, Sophie was misdiagnosed with major depression the following year. She was admitted to hospital four times over the next two years. Running Like China is her engaging, lyrical and brave story of her mental illness; her attempts to […] - Read more


A Guy’s Guide to Cooking Kick-Ass Food by Dan Churchill

September 24, 2015

“Women love a man who can cook,” says Dan Churchill. “What is sexier than seeing a man in nothing but an apron?” This cookbook is all about food for dudes or DudeFood by personal trainer, food lover and Masterchef contestant Dan Churchill. While it’s aimed at the dudes, the girls might like the photos of the hunky […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert

September 21, 2015

Why We Love It: She’s one of the most famous living writers but at one time Elizabeth Gilbert was like any other aspiring author: insecure, full of doubts, fearful – and with a drawer full of rejection letters. On the face of it, Big Magic is a self-help manual for creative types but it’s much […] - Read more


Vale Jackie Collins

We’re saddened to hear the news that one of the world’s most popular writers, Jackie Collins, died of breast cancer on the weekend, at the age of 77. Jackie Collins was a major force in fiction, having written more than 30 novels over four decades and she sold more than 500 million copies in total.  She was […] - Read more

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Richard Glover on His Devastatingly Funny Memoir, Flesh Wounds

September 19, 2015

Author, radio personality and columnist Richard Glover had an unusual upbringing and his portrayal of his eccentric parents couldn’t be stranger if he made it up. Flesh Wounds is a highly entertaining memoir that manages to be both laugh-out-loud-funny and deeply moving. Richard Glover tells Better Reading why he chose to open up about his early life.   Better […] - Read more


Free Recipe from our Book of the Week, The Cook & Baker

September 18, 2015

Rustic Pumpkin, Ricotta and Caramelised Onion Tart The delicious partnership of roasted pumpkin, ricotta and caramelised onion makes this a great summer tart to take to a picnic in the park. It will only take moments to assemble once you have made the pizza dough and filling. Serves 8 • Makes one 30 cm (12 […] - Read more


Lynda La Plante Talks to Better Reading about the New Tennison

September 17, 2015

Lynda La Plante is one of the best-loved crime writers and the creator of the television series, Prime Suspect, starring Helen Mirren. Now Tennison is back as La Plante returns to DCI Tennison’s early days. Aged 22, Tennison leaves the Metropolitan Police Training Academy to be placed on probationary exercise in Hackney, where criminality is thriving in the 1970s. Her […] - Read more


Free Recipe from our Book of the Week, The Cook and Baker

September 16, 2015

Chocolate Lamingtons And so the debate goes on. Origin unproven, but there’s one thing we all agree on — we love lamingtons! Ours have a layer of raspberry jam running through the middle. Best served with lashings of our vanilla whipped cream. Makes 12 small cakes • Preparation time 45 minutes • Cooking time 30 […] - Read more


Free Recipe from our Book of the Week, The Cook and Baker

September 14, 2015

Baked Lemon and Rhubarb Tarts This is a real show-off of a tart. When you crack through the brittle caramel to the sweet citrusy lemon and tartness of roasted rhubarb, it’s a revelation. It is not mandatory to brûlée the tart, but certainly well worth the effort. Makes eight 10 cm tarts • Preparation time […] - Read more


Book of the Week: The Cook and Baker by Cherie Bevan and Tass Tauroa

Why We Love It: The Cook and Baker is a cookbook as cookbooks used to be – brimming with delicious and decadent delights that you and your family will love. The authors are behind one of Sydney’s most popular cafes; The Cook and Baker is a little eatery in Sydney’s eastern suburbs that has crowds […] - Read more


Killing Love by Rebecca Poulson: Recalling the Horrors of Family Violence

September 11, 2015

‘The Great Brush Off’ is the term Rebecca Poulson uses to describe the situation when a woman reports domestic violence and is brushed off by authorities. Sadly that great brush off sometimes has devastating consequences. In her heartrending memoir, Killing Love, Poulson details the horrific story of how her sister’s husband stabbed to death Poulson’s 60-year-old […] - Read more


The Most Underrated Book Award

September 10, 2015

You know those books you just love but for some reason they don’t get the recognition they deserve? Well, there’s an award for those books and this year Better Reading is helping with the judging. The Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA) is an annual award that according to MUBA’s website, “aims to shine a light […] - Read more


Primates of Park Avenue: The Competitive, Kale Juice Drinking Mothers of New York City

It’s the book that sent shockwaves through traditional sections of New York City society. When Wednesday Martin, originally from the Midwest, moved from casual, artistic downtown Manhattan to the rich, super-elite world of the Upper East Side, she couldn’t quite believe what she would find there. A social order so different and so entrenched that […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Come Away With Me by Karma Brown

September 7, 2015

Why We Love It! Come Away With Me is a profoundly moving story of one woman’s journey from unfathomable loss to healing through love, family and travel. Tegan is a newly married young woman with everything to live for, until an awful accident changes the course of her life forever. As she narrates the novel in […] - Read more


Monash: The Outsider Who Became a Folk Hero

September 2, 2015

He features on the $100 note and there’s a major university named after him but who is the man behind the military hero? Journalist and author Grantlee Kieza tells the story of this intriguing character in his latest biography Monash: The Soldier Who Shaped Australia. Kieza talks to Better Reading about what inspired him to write about Sir […] - Read more


Wild Man: A Fascinating Story Behind a Police Shooting

September 1, 2015

It’s been compared to true crime in the spirit of Helen Garner’s This House of Grief and Garner herself described Wild Man as “a fine book: spirited, clever, warm and very brave.” Wild Man is the story behind the 2012 police shooting of a man on a remote New South Wales campsite called ‘The School of Happiness’. […] - Read more

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Book of the Week: The Girl in the Spider’s Web by David Lagercrantz

August 31, 2015

Why We Love It: It was one of the most successful thriller series ever, starting with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. Author Stieg Larsson had intended many instalments but completed only three before his untimely death. Now his publishers’ appointed successor David Lagercrantz does not disappoint Millennium trilogy fans with this slow-burning follow-up, The Girl in the […] - Read more


The Shocking Story of Katherine X

August 30, 2015

When Australian Women’s Weekly journalist Sue Smethurst heard about the terrible story of a woman who had been systemically abused by her father for over three decades, giving birth to four of his children, she felt compelled to find out more. This case didn’t happen on the other side of the world, but occurred in […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Close Your Eyes by Michael Robotham

August 24, 2015

Why We Love It: As if we didn’t already love Michael Robotham’s signature brand of clever, unputdownable thrillers, he has done it all over again with a thriller that ticks all the boxes but is also tender, moving and insightful. Psychologist Joe O’Loughlin has given up investigating gritty crimes. He’s focusing on his family, wooing […] - Read more


The Extraordinary Story of Doujon’s Heart

August 23, 2015

Doujon’s Heart is the extraordinary story of how the gift of a heart gave meaning to a senseless tragedy and inspired a lifelong friendship between two families. Three years ago, Better Reading’s director Cheryl Akle received a call from a woman who told her, “Hello, my name is Rosemarie Zammit, my son was murdered in Mykanos four years ago.” […] - Read more


The Ned Kelly Australian Crime Writers Awards Announced

August 22, 2015

The 2015 Ned Kelly Crime Writer Awards (The Neddies) have been announced in Melbourne tonight, with the Ned Kelly Crime Fiction Award going to previous Ned Kelly First Fiction award winner Candice Fox for the breathtaking thriller, Eden. The 2015 Ned Kelly First Fiction award went to ex-lawyer Jock Serong for his gritty and suspenseful thriller, Quota. And the […] - Read more


Friday Freebies: Book and DVD The Casual Vacancy

August 21, 2015

Friday Freebies at Better Reading! Win 1 of 5 ‘The Casual Vacancy’ book & DVD sets by J.K. Rowling This week we’re giving away 5 sets of the book and DVD of The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling. A big novel about a small town, this is the Harry Potter creator’s first novel for adults, the work […] - Read more


Grief Counsellor Eliza Henry Jones on How Her Background Informed Her Writing

August 19, 2015

Despite its name Eliza Henry Jones’ debut novel, In the Quiet,  has been making lots of noise on the Australian literary scene since its publication last month. This is quite an achievement for a new author and one of tender years (she’s 25 at time of writing). In the Quiet a deeply moving novel about a family […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Pretty Baby by Mary Kubica

August 17, 2015

Why we love it! We love this intelligent psychological thriller about the motivation behind a charitable deed from the bestselling author of The Good Girl. With its simmering tension, intriguing plotlines and clever storytelling, Pretty Baby will stay with you long after the final page. Heidi Wood is charity personified. She works for a non-profit […] - Read more


A Special Bookmark With Legs for Every Kind of Book

August 14, 2015

How cute are these? Ukranian artist Olena Mysnyk is selling her unusual bookmarks all over the world via Etsy. Her Etsy store, MyBookmark, has a bookmark for every taste and every kind of book. Sexy bookmarks for erotic fiction, cute animal and character bookmarks for kids books and glamorous ones for those who simply like glamour. […] - Read more

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Why all the Buzz around Mireille Juchau’s Third Novel?

Mireille Juchau’s third novel, The World Without Us, has been published in Australia to glowing reviews. The haunting novel will be published in the US and UK next year. She talked to Better Reading about ‘climate change’ fiction, survivalist culture and writing about loss. Better Reading: Commentators have coined the term ‘Climate Change Fiction’ for books such […] - Read more


Friday Freebies: Five Book and DVD Packs to Be Won!

August 13, 2015

Friday Freebies at Better Reading This week we have 5 book & DVD packs to give away. The pack contains David Lagercrantz’s novel Fall of Man in Wilmslow: The Death and Life of Alan Turing, a novel about the life of Alan Turing who was also the inspiration for the amazing film, The Imitation Game, starring Benedict […] - Read more


Mark Dapin talks Books, War and The Way Men Behave When Women Aren’t Around

August 12, 2015

Mark Dapin talks to Better Reading about his new book, writing about men, and making corpses behave themselves… Before writing award-winning books Mark Dapin was best known for his career in men’s magazines and then as a regular columnist at the Good Weekend. He’s the author of the novels King of the Cross, which won the Ned Kelly Award for Best First […] - Read more


Book of the Week: Six Degrees by Honey Brown

August 10, 2015

Why We Love It: It takes a certain kind of writer to end a threesome with a marriage proposal and still manage to make it romantic. That writer is Honey Brown. In her new book of interlinked stories, Six Degrees, Brown delivers six powerful, sexy and suspenseful tales that will have you begging for more… […] - Read more


Why It Makes Sense to Buy Books Locally

August 8, 2015

It’s National Bookshop Day in Australia today. Isn’t that lovely? So many of us have a warm, fuzzy feeling around bookshops – they’re often quaint and beautiful, delightful places to spend an afternoon browsing, and the people who work in them are so clever and helpful… But, if there’s the chance to save a dollar or two […] - Read more

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Stephanie Bishop on Migration, Motherhood, and Longing for Home

August 6, 2015

Stephanie Bishop’s new novel, The Other Side of The World, has been enjoying high praise since its release last month. Bishop is no stranger to such accolades – in 2006 she was named one of the Sydney Morning Herald’s best young writers for her first novel, The Singing. The Other Side of the World was shortlisted for the 2014 Vogel […] - Read more


Friday Freebies!

This week’s Friday Freebie is something very special indeed… the first novel from the awarding winning Unbearable Lightness of Being author, Milan Kundera, in over 12 years. Casting light on the most serious of problems and at the same time saying not one serious sentence; being fascinated by the reality of the contemporary world and at the […] - Read more


Book of the Week: The Marriage of Opposites by Alice Hoffman

August 4, 2015

A love story about Rachel, the mother of Impressionist painter Camille Pissarro. Why We Love It: Alice Hoffman’s strong female characters lead the way in a magical novel about love, destiny and breaking the rules. The Marriage of Opposites is a mesmerising story that immerses you in another time and place, so that you won’t […] - Read more


Sandra Leigh Price on Her Magical Debut Novel, The Bird’s Child

August 1, 2015

The Bird’s Child is a beautifully written, imaginative novel from debut Australian author, Sandra Leigh Price.  It’s a moving tale of three intriguing characters, all trying to escape their pasts, when they find themselves washed up on the steps of a once grand terrace turned bohemian boarding house in Sydney’s Newtown. Ari is a young Jewish man, who lives […] - Read more


Aussie Authors Jump Up & Down About Kids in Detention

July 30, 2015

“Why aren’t more people jumping up and down about this issue?” said UN Human Rights Commissioner Gillian Triggs earlier this year, about mandatory detention for children. Despairing at the plight of children being held in appalling conditions in Australian detention centres, Virginia Francis, Education Officer at the Catholic Education Office Sydney, felt the same way […] - Read more


Friday Freebies!

This week we have the supremely talented Alice Hoffman’s new book, The Marriage of Opposites, to give away. The story of the mother of Impressionist painter, Camille Pissarro, it’s lusciously evocative and an intriguing glimpse into a personal part of art history. We have 5 copies to give away. For your chance to win, simply go to […] - Read more


The Man Booker Prize 2015 Longlist Announced

July 29, 2015

The longlist of books for what is probably the most anticipated literary award in the world, the Man Booker Prize, has just been announced in London – and the longlist is: Bill Clegg (US) – Did You Ever Have a Family Anne Enright (Ireland) – The Green Road Marlon James (Jamaica) – A Brief History of Seven Killings Laila […] - Read more


Pamela Cook on the Hendra Virus and Her Latest Romantic Heroine

Pamela Cook’s third novel is an enticing blend of the serious and the romantic, with vet Charlie Anderson finding more than she bargained for when she investigates a breakout of the deadly Hendra horse virus at a small town on the NSW coast. We spoke to English teacher turned writer Pamela Cook about transitioning from teaching to writing, her work […] - Read more


Book of the Week: The World Without Us by Mireille Juchau

July 28, 2015

Why We Love It: After reading The World Without Us you could turn the book over and start again. It’s one of those novels that stays with you long after reading. Poignant and sad, yet poetic and uplifting, it’s truly a novel of its time. A North Coast hinterland community is in crisis after a commune […] - Read more


How Sofie Laguna’s Difficult Young Character Won The Miles Franklin

July 25, 2015

Sofie Laguna’s second novel The Eye of the Sheep made headlines earlier this year when it won Australia’s most prestigious literary award, The Miles Franklin. The Eye of the Sheep is a deeply moving novel told from the point-of-view of a difficult child, Jimmy Flick, who lives with his struggling family in a poor suburb of Melbourne. […] - Read more


Friday Freebies!

July 24, 2015

Look out for our regular competitions every Friday on the Better Reading Facebook page for a chance to win free books or movie tickets. Our mouths have been watering looking at the photos from the delicious, wholesome and healthy new cookbook, Whole Food Slow Cooked, by Olivia Andrews. We have 5 copies to give away […] - Read more


Why Are Adults Going Crazy for Colouring Books?

July 21, 2015

We asked a clinical psychologist, a bookseller, and a librarian why adults are going wild about colouring books.  It’s not a new phenomenon – it’s been a craze in some countries for years, France in particular – but it’s been gaining momentum in Australia since the beginning of the year. Adults are buying so many […] - Read more


Emily Bitto on Celebrating Women’s Writing

It’s been an exciting – though busy – year for first-time novelist Emily Bitto. She is running the bar she opened with her partner in Melbourne and she has won one of Australia’s prominent literary prizes, the Stella, for her debut novel, The Strays. The Strays is set in the 1930s and is about an lonely only child, […] - Read more


Kate Grenville on the Challenges of Family Memoir

July 18, 2015

Kate Grenville is one of Australia’s best-loved authors. Her books have been published all over the world and have been shortlisted for, and won, some of the most prestigious literary awards. One of her early novels, Lilian’s Story, was made into a much-loved film starring the late Ruth Cracknell. Her historical novel, The Secret River, was shortlisted for the Man […] - Read more


Cheryl Talks About Harper Lee on Mornings

July 16, 2015

This week Better Reading’s Cheryl Akle was invited on Channel 9’s the Morning Talk to talk about the controversy surrounding the release of legendary author Harper Lee’s ‘second’ novel, Go Set A Watchman. Why all the controversy around the novel from the iconic the To Kill A Mockingbird author’s novel? Find out more here.   - Read more


Celebrating Australian Authors Lunch

We’d like to thank all the Australian Authors who attended our special Celebrating Australian Authors lunch at the home of Better Reading’s Cheryl Akle in Sydney’s Inner West yesterday. We warmly thank all the authors and their publishers for their support of, and engagement with, Better Reading over the years and on the day we […] - Read more

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Book of the Week

July 13, 2015

Why We Love it: While gritty and sad, In the Quiet is an uplifting and heartwarming story. It’s a beautiful depiction of Australian rural life; a hymn to horses and a raw and compelling take on the challenges and realities of country life. Cate Carlton has died, though why or how remains a mystery for […] - Read more


Li Feng on Tiger Mothers and Researching a Heartrending Memoir

Li Feng arrived in Sydney as an adult after fleeing Communist China and an overbearing mother. She made sense of her childhood by piecing together her family’s fascinating history. The result is a well-researched and emotionally charged story of family struggling over four generations in Forged from Silver Dollar. We spoke to Li Feng about […] - Read more


Fiona McCallum on Writing about Horses and the Country

July 11, 2015

Fiona McCallum is passionate about animals, horses in particular, as well as reading and writing.  She spent her childhood years on the family cereal and wool farm outside a small town on South Australia’s Eyre Peninsula. At age nine she decided that she wanted to be the next Enid Blyton and though not yet as […] - Read more


Chrissie Swan is Reading Hour’s 2015 National Ambassador

One of Australia’s most loved TV and radio personalities, Chrissie Swan, has become the 2015 National Ambassador for The Reading Hour. Chrissie is a radio and TV broadcaster, as well as an author, columnist and fashion label ambassador. She has also been an ambassador for CARE Australia since 2010. In 2011, she was a Gold Logie nominee […] - Read more


Gwen Wilson on Writing a Brave and Confronting Memoir

July 10, 2015

Gwen Wilson has written a fearless memoir. She was a teenager in the 1970s, growing up in Western Sydney. It was a tough childhood. She didn’t know her father, and her mother was in and out of psychiatric hospitals. Despite it all though, she had hope and she was a good student, fighting hard for […] - Read more


Literary Sensation of the Century?

It’s being billed as the literary sensation of the century. On July 14 the second novel from To Kill A Mockingbird author, Harper Lee, is on sale. And today the first chapter is published online in Australia in Fairfax newspapers, The Sydney Morning Herald, and The Age, and in print tomorrow in the Spectrum section of those […] - Read more


The Foundation Tackling Indigenous Literacy Rates

Imagine being a small child arriving at pre-school to find that all the teachers speak a strange form of English and all the book are in this same English… That’s the experience of many Indigenous children in remote communities who often start school knowing three or four Indigenous dialects or an Indigenous-English language known as Kriol. […] - Read more


A Filmmaker Turns Thriller Writer: Ann Turner

July 8, 2015

Ann Turner is an award-winning screenwriter and movie director who has worked with some of the biggest stars of the big screen, such as Russell Crowe, Susan Sarandon, Charlotte Rampling, and Emily Blunt, to name just a few. Her literary thriller, The Lost Swimmer, marked a stunning debut for the filmmaker turned writer. As part of our Celebration of Australian […] - Read more


Book of The Week

A heartbreaking story of nostalgia and longing… Why We Love it: Evocative and heartbreaking, The Other Side of the World kept us spellbound. It’s a beautifully told story of motherhood, marriage, creativity, identity, and nostalgia for place. Its vivid and gorgeous descriptions transported us from the wintry fields of Cambridge, to the intense light of […] - Read more


Top Ten Books Every Week On Better Reading

July 5, 2015

In an industry-first, Better Reading will now announce the Top Ten bestselling books in Australia on our Facebook page every Monday and again on our website every Friday. The Top Ten is provided by Nielsen BookScan, the international sales data monitoring and analysis service for the English-language book industry worldwide. Nielsen BookScan Australia monitors end-user consumer sales from a […] - Read more


Celebrating Australian Authors

July 4, 2015

Better Reading’s Director, Cheryl Akle, has been in the publishing industry for over 30 years and in that time has been discovering the best Australian writers – both the best classic authors as well as emerging new talent. Here at Better Reading, we’re all about championing Australian voices. As part of this mission, this July we’re […] - Read more


Friday Freebies!

July 3, 2015

Look out for our regular competitions every Friday on the Better Reading Facebook page for a chance to win free books or movie tickets. Tim Neve‘s stunning new book Sandcastles is one of the most magnificent giveaways we’ve had at Better Reading. We just love his attention to detail and evocative designs. We have 5 […] - Read more


Top 100 Competition: And the Winners Are…

June 26, 2015

Earlier this year, we asked you to vote for your favourite novel of all time and we were delighted with your response. Four and a half thousand people voted for their favourite books and we’ll be announcing the Top 100 list on the Better Reading website on Thursday July 9 so stay tuned… Thank you to everyone […] - Read more

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Friday Freebies!

June 25, 2015

Look out for our regular competitions every Friday on the Better Reading Facebook page for a chance to win free books or movie tickets. This week, we have ten lovely copies of Just the Way We Are to give away. Meet Anna, Chiara, Henry, Izzy and Jack. Their families might not look like your family, […] - Read more


Peek-a-boo! The joy of lift-the-flap books for kids

Whenever we visit a bookshop we stop by the children’s novelty shelf, to discover the ingenious books that have been transformed into interactive objects through paper engineering or the addition of scanimation, holographs or textured elements to ‘touch-and-feel’. One of the most simple and appealing examples of paper engineering is lift-the-flap books, in which a […] - Read more


‘Can I read this book, Mum?’ Helping your child choose age-appropriate reads

This article was inspired by a question posted on our facebook page by Lizzie D. Lizzie’s dilemma is a common one, so we asked our Children’s Specialist Liz Bray to talk us through some of the issues. Lizzie’s question: My 11-year-old daughter (Year 5) seems to have jumped from enjoying younger books like Tensy Farlow […] - Read more


The Miles Franklin Award – Winner Announced

June 23, 2015

The winning author of The Miles Franklin Literary Award, Australia’s most highly anticipated literary award, has been announced in Melbourne tonight. And the winner is … Sofie Laguna for The Eye of the Sheep, a compelling novel about a poor family struggling to cope with a difficult child. Congratulations Sofie Laguna! Better Reading has compiled a […] - Read more


Comic superheroes for young readers

If you have a young reader in your life who loves superheroes and humour, Superhero School: The Revenge of the Green Meanie is for them. The first in a series, it’s about an ordinary boy who has always dreamed of becoming a superhero. Then one day a letter arrives inviting him to Mighty High School, […] - Read more


7 Great Reasons To Read With Your Kids

June 19, 2015

“Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” – Emilie Buchwald Reading with your kids can be a real treat, for so many reasons, says Better Reading’s Children’s specialist, Liz Bray. Here are a few: 1. Reading time is about chilling out and bonding, whether you’re reading aloud with a little one on […] - Read more


How to Get Them Hooked! Motivating Reluctant Readers

One of the frequent issues we hear from parents is about children who can read well but have ‘switched off’ from reading. Parents often ask how they can encourage their children to get back into reading. Liz Bray, Better Reading’s Children’s Expert, has some tips for parents in this situation: Don’t panic: reading’s really important, […] -