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The Best Food in Children’s Fiction

Words || Katherine Rundell  My favourite thing to write about in a novel is food. I love trying to conjure hunger in my readers, and I think food can anchor the maddest story in reality. The only difficulty is that writing about food makes me hungry, and I find myself getting up from my desk […]

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Great Kids Books (that also happen to be films) for Younger Readers

School holidays often mean it’s time for a whole load of kids movies to be released. And just like movies for adults, a lot of the best movies are based on books. Introducing a child to a book through a film can be a great way to tempt reluctant readers as well. There were so […]

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Exciting New Releases this September

September has set the benchmark even higher with a rapid-fire of new releases that should have every reader sprinting to their favourite bookstore. The author list is star-sparkled: Fiona Palmer, Jane Harper, Stephen King, Ken Follett, Marian Keyes, Wilbur Smith – oh, the list goes on.  And as always we have our attention set on up-and-coming writers, especially […]

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Animal Magic: Our Favourite Animal Stories

Dogs may be man – and woman’s – best friend, but there are plenty of books out there featuring other animals too. Sometimes  animals are as important – or more so – as the human characters in the story. Here are some of our favourite books with animals. Also turned into a major motion picture, Water […]

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Some Stand Outs from the Top 50 Kids

The Top 50 Kids 2017 list is absolutely filled to the brim with timeless classics, both from contemporary times, right back to the 1910s with Winnie The Pooh. We at Better Reading have some favourites on the list – what do you think? The Ranger’s Apprentice takes both the first and second places, but we couldn’t […]

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If You Like Game of Thrones…

Game of Thrones is back but fans still await news on a new book by George R R Martin. So if you’re a fan of the TV series or the books, why not have a look at some of our favourite fantasy books below. First of all has to be the original Game of Thrones series. It […]

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Need a Holiday? The best books for travel without going anywhere

Dreaming of a holiday, but can’t take one? Why not take a holiday with a book? Some of the best books convey us to another world, making them the perfect escape. Here are some of our favourite books for travelling vicariously. It’s often given as a reason for inspiration for travelling, and for good reason; Eat, […]

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Emma Viskic’s Top Ten Book Titles

Emma Viskic is the author of And Fire Came Down and Resurrection Bay, two dazzling crime thrillers that have taken Australia by storm. Compared to the likes of Jane Harper and Candice Fox, Viskic absolutely must be on your TBR list if she’s not there already. You can check out our full review of her […]

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2017 Man Booker Longlist Announced

It’s arguably the most anticipated literary award every year, and the 2017 Man Booker Longlist is an offering of spellbinding, resonant, and mesmeric fiction – transporting readers through time, location, and space with the most declarative voices of our literary generation. With Lincoln in the Bardo, the proliferate, highly acclaimed and experimental short fiction satirist, George Saunders, […]

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August New Releases: 20 new books we can’t wait to read!

Here at Better Reading, we’ve always got our noses in a new book. August is a reader’s dream, with some extraordinary new releases, including the latest collaboration between James Patterson and Aussie thriller writer Candice Fox, Fifty Fifty. Philippa Gregory is at it again with The Last Tudor, another instalment in her wildly popular Tudor series. Rusty […]

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Australia’s Top 50 Kids’ Books: 2017

There are lots of beloved children’s classics as well as some new favourites – and plenty of Australian books on the list too. John Flanagan’s Ranger Apprentice series has taken the cake, with The Early Years: The Tournament at Gorlan the first on the list, and The Ruins of Gorlan at number two! There’s plenty of well-known classics on […]

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What’s Your Next Book Club Book?

As the weather gets colder, it’s the perfect time of year to curl up with a book. And it’s even better when you get to talk to people about what you’re reading. Whether you’re in a book club where you physically see each other to catch up, or you’re in a virtual one, discussing books with […]

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2017 National Biography Shortlist Announced

A whopping 71 books were considered for this year’s National Biography Award, which is selected by the State Library of New South Wales, but only six of them made the Shortlist. Here is a list of worthy competitors: The Unknown Judith Wright by Georgina Arnott: This book presents a more human figure of Judith Wright than we have […]

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Ten Truly Australian Books Chosen By Monica McInerney

Words || Monica McInerney  For the past 26 years I’ve moved back and forth between my native Australia and my adopted home of Ireland, my husband’s home country. The Internet keeps me in touch with all things Australian news-wise, but I also read as much Australian fiction as I can, to stave off homesickness, and […]

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Our Favourite Book Detectives

Sometimes an author creates a character so good, it would be a shame to just let them appear in one book – and thus a series is born. In this list, we have a look at some of our favourite crime investigators. Sometimes an official law officer (and sometimes not!) these men and women keep […]

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Check Out What’s New This July: fiction and non-fiction new releases

We’re already halfway through 2017, which is turning out to be a year of reading delights. July is rich with more hugely anticipated releases, including the likes of Monica McInerney, Michael Robotham, Daniel Silva, Kate Forsyth, and Robert Dessaix. But there are some debut voices that demand attention, too. Get excited for the gritty Australiana of […]

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The Books We’re Most Excited For: new releases from now until the end of 2017

2017 has shepherded in some incredible new books but the anticipation doesn’t stop there. We’ve hand-picked a range of books that we’re super excited about, and the second half of the year promises even more reading blessings – with books from authors such as Richard Flanagan, Rachael Johns, and Jane Harper soon to bless our […]

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2017 Miles Franklin Shortlist Announced

One of Australia’s most prestigious literary awards, the Miles Franklin, shows once again that Australian literature is going from strength to strength. Picking a winner this year will be exceptionally difficult for the judges, considering the calibre of empathy, poetic power, and storytelling contained in the unique voices of all five shortlisted authors. Here are the […]

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An Avalanche of Awesome: New Release Fiction in June

June is an avalanche of awesome? We agree. The only thing apart from Donald Trump that makes us want to curl into a ball and disappear from the world is a fantastic story. Whenever we read through a list of new releases we are searching for exactly that. But we’re never sure what’s more exciting, the […]

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Oh The Pressure! Second Book Syndrome

Ah, the difficult second book… often an author will write their debut book and find it’s a bona fide bestseller. It’s everything they could have dreamed it would be, and an amazing experience. And then it comes time to write the next one! This one comes with usually a lot less time to work on […]

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What Do You Really Want for Mother’s Day? 20 book gift ideas

On Sunday 14 May everyone around Australia will be celebrating and thanking their mothers – and what could be a better gift than a book?  We know there’s nothing tougher than wandering into a bookstore trying to pick for someone else. Sometimes choosing the right book can be total agony, because there are so many […]

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2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist Announced

Australian writing has never been finer, which means this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award Longlist is jam-packed with extraordinary books, ranging from literary to exhilarating and everything in between. There are nine books competing for the prestigious award and all of them have been picked for their strength in representing the concerns of Australian modernity, such […]

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Exciting New Releases This May!

May has come roaring down upon us with some of the biggest releases we’ve seen so far this year! There’s new work by homegrown storyteller Nikki Gemmell, crime miracle-worker Jeffrey Deaver, and the long-awaited, bone-crunching second novel from Paula Hawkins, author of The Girl on the Train. John Safran comes out swinging with his latest book Depends […]

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Ten of the best ‘Faction’: Fictional Books Based on Real Events

Writers of fiction look for ideas everywhere – to their own life experiences, people they know or their own imaginations. Sometimes though, they take inspiration from real life events and people. Writing about these events as fiction can give the author a greater flexibility around the characters, their thoughts and their motivations. And for readers, […]

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New Releases in April

2017 has already proven itself as a ferocious year for new releases, and if you thought April would give you a chance to read through some your TBR list: think again! This month, there is something for everyone, including crime thriller buffs, romance lovers, and literary bookworms. Plenty of new Australian authors coming out swinging with […]

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What’s In Mei Fong’s Book Bag?

By Mei Fong, author of One Child: the story of China’s most radical experiment I just spent three weeks on book tour in Australia, hitting Perth Writer’s Festival, Adelaide Writer’s Festival and the Sydney Opera House’s All About Women Festival. Each stop was tremendous fun, as I got to talk shop with writers and sit […]

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Books to Surprise and Delight: My Top Ten Classic Novels by Rebecca Huntley

Rebecca Huntley is a well-known Australian social researcher and her latest compelling book Still Lucky  is a wise and engaging look at who we are now and where we are heading in the future… Here, Rebecca tells us about her love of classic books and reveals her all-time, top ten favourites. Rebecca will be joining us on […]

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9 Books that Inspired her Novel about Selfies, Selfishness and Cyberbullying by Wendy James

The Golden Child by Wendy James is 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? Wendy James is a prolific author, having published The Lost Girls, The Mistake, […]

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Some of Our Favourite Irish Authors for St Patrick’s Day

We love Irish authors – not just at St Patricks Day, but all year round. Here we have a look at some of our favourites. Whether set in Ireland or elsewhere, they definitely have the gift of the gab. We could have put all of Colm Toibin’s work on this list, but we couldn’t go […]

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Famous Authors Whose Work Was Rejected

In this list, we’d like you to spare a thought for publishers and literary agents… they get sent thousands and thousands of submissions each year, and sometimes they let some great stuff slip though! Here we’re looking at some of the most famous rejections; where bestselling and award winning authors had their works turned down. […]

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The Australian Authors Everyone’s Talking About

Who are some of the hot Australian authors on everyone’s lips? One of our reader’s request for recommendations recently sparked an exciting discussion on our Facebook page about favourite Australian authors and our audience threw out so many amazing suggestions that we’ve put together an easy-to-navigate list of the most mentioned authors. Of course, these are just a few […]

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What’s Hitting The Stands This March In Kids & YA…

Can you believe it’s March already? There’s so many books for all ages coming out this month, so we at Better Reading have compiled a list of some of the highlights you and your children should definitely keep an eye out for. Picture Books A Walk in the Bush by Gwyn Perkins: A lovely storybook that […]

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Another exciting round of New Releases in March!

Here at Better Reading we are still getting over the fact that the year has just begun – but as the year settles into a rhythm, the relentless quality of new release books shows no signs of slowing. In March we are thrilled to welcome the return of many steadfast, brilliant writers, and the arrival […]

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8 Fantasy Series Older Teens Will Love

Anyone who has been paying attention to young adult fiction lately will know that fantasy is all the rage. In creating a new, fantastic world, authors are able to explore real world scenarios and themes in a removed setting, making them accessible on a moral level for teens. Lately, however, dystopian fantasy, such as The Hunger Games […]

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12 Children’s Books That Have Stayed With Us As Adults

We all remember them: the stories that lulled us to sleep, that spawned worlds in our minds during the day, that allowed us imagination and play. We all have at least one book that we read or was read to us as a kid, that has stayed with us into adulthood. If you have our […]

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Who Are They? The most reclusive and mysterious authors

It’s well-known that many authors prefer to distance themselves from their art – but do readers let them get away with it? Pen names, solitude, social withdrawal, and media avoidance are just some of their strategies. While many have attempted anonymity, few have maintained it. Better Reading brings you a list of the most elusive, […]

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Turning Back Time: The lure of historical fiction

We love historical fiction. Historical novels offer such fascinating insights to times past, whether they’re based on actual events, historical figures  or simply set in times gone by way. They can be a compelling way to learn about history, and make people who lived long ago seem much more real to us. Here are twelve […]

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Stella Prize announces 2017 Longlist

Arguably one of Australia’s most prestigious awards, the Stella Prize is presented annually to one female Australian author in recognition of their contribution to the literary landscape. Even though it’s relatively young, having been first awarded in 2013, its previous winners represent some of Australia’s best contemporary women writers, including Mateship with Birds by Carrie […]

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The Books That Made Me: Erin Kelly

He Said/She Said is the latest book by Erin Kelly, the London-based author of three riveting psychological thrillers. While it may not be your average thriller, He Said/She Said packs in more twists and turns than some of the most explosive books in the genre, and Kelly’s social consciousness provides us with meditations on the legal […]

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The 89th Academy Award Nominated Films That Started As Books…

The awards season is right around the corner, and while we gather to celebrate the original and innovative films put out each year, it’s worth giving a nod to those books that some fantastic films took their inspiration from. And this year, there’s quite a few. The Academy Awards are announced on February 26th – why […]

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Saucy Summer Reads: The Dirty Dozen by Author Fiona Higgins

Fiona Higgins is the author of three novels – Fearless (2016), Wife on the Run (2014), The Mothers’ Group (2012), and a memoir, Love in the Age of Drought (2009). After a saucy summer’s read? Here’s Fiona’s selection of her cheeky favourites, classic and modern: Hymn to Venus by Homer Here you were thinking that […]

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Escape the summer heat with this February’s New Release titles!

Are you looking for a reason to escape the summer swelter? Or maybe a companion at the beach? This February, we have a mixed bag of genres and more page-turners than you can read in a month. Fans of crime and mystery will be thrilled to see a massive collection of gritty stories, while readers […]

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Check out February’s New Releases in Kids and YA!

Are you and the kids looking for something to read this February? Take a look at these new titles hitting the stands in the next month! Kids Hooray for Birds! by Lucy Cousins (2+): In this fun, rhyme-filled offering by the creator of Maisy, children will be eager to join in as honorary fledglings, whether […]

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Brendan James Murray’s Top Ten Anti-War Books

Brendan James Murray, author of The Drowned Man, a true story of life, death and murder on HMAS Australia, reveals his top ten anti-war books: A list of anti-war books could be a thousand pages long. In fact, every book ever written about war could be argued as an anti-war book… A writer who sets […]

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Love Dogs? Love Reading? Top ten books about dogs by author Alex Cearns

Internationally renowned animal photographer Alex Cearns is the Creative Director of Houndstooth Studio and the author of Zen Dogs  Her images have won a multitude of awards and have been published widely across Australian and international print and online media, in books, magazines and campaigns. Inspired by the joy of working with animals, Alex’s philanthropy and passionate […]

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Australian stories for Australia Day

Books are a wonderful snapshot of our daily lives, and give us a better understanding of what goes on around us. In this list, we’ve taken a look at a few of our favourite novels set in Australia. Whether it be the country or city, past or present day, here are some of the books that […]

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