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Bestselling rural author Fiona McCallum joins us for our cover story, we celebrate Valentine's Day with a Romance Gift Guide, and check out some unreleased Leunig cartoons. Reviews of the latest from Bill Bryson, George R R Martin & Julian Barnes.

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Win one of 10 copies of Be Frank With Me by Julia Claiborne Johnson valued at $27.99 each. Reclusive literary legend M M 'Mimi' Banning ha

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Read an extract of 'Standing Strong' - 28-Jan-2016

Fiona McCallum battled through nine years of rejection to become the number-two bestselling rural fiction writer in Australia. One of her early books that really boosted her success was 'Wattle Creek', the story of Jacqueline, a city girl who moves to the bush, and Damien, a troubled farmer.

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Who's the Strongest Heroine of 2015? - 18-Jan-2016

The Australian Romance Readers have announced their huge list of finalists for their yearly awards in a number of categories including 'Favourite Paranormal Romance', 'Favourite Cover' and 'Strongest Heroine'. Some of our gr favourites, Rachael Johns and Anne Gracie, are up for 'Favourite Australian Romance Author of 2015'! For the full list head here.

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The Top Selling Books Over Christmas - 08-Jan-2016

Now that the Christmas scramble is over, booksellers are gearing up for another year that will see the release of big titles from Julian Barnes, Haruki Murakami and Lionel Shriver. They're also tallying up the sales from the end of the year rush, and some of our featured books have made it into the top-seller list, including The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brookes, our cover story for October, and Ferrante's My Brilliant Friend, our August cover story.

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2016 Indie Book Awards Longlist Announced - 11-Dec-2015

The Independant Booksellers of Australia have announced their longlist for The Indie Book Awards 2016. These awards are presented by the independent booksellers in celebration of the best of Australian writing of the year.

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New Book Coming from Author of 'Marching Powder' - 26-Nov-2015

Random House has secured the rights to Rusty Young's upcoming novel, which will be his first major publication in over a decade since the release of Marching Powder in 2003. The expos of San Pedro, a bizarre pirson in Bolivia which Rusty spent 3 months living in, is set to become a film starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, the lead actor in 12 Years a Slave.

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Alliterative Titles Dominate KOALAs - 11-Nov-2015

The annual Kids Own Australian Literature Awards (KOALAS) are voted by the children readers of NSW. This year, Pig the Pug by Aaron Blabey and Billie B Brown: The Bully Buster both scored the top prize in their category, with Frances Watts' The Fearsome Frightening Ferocious Box and Ursula Dubosarsky's The Terrible Plop both achieving honourable mentions.

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Sally Abbott wins Richell Prize for Emerging Authors - 30-Oct-2015

Out of the 975 writers to enter the comeptition Sally Abbott won the $10 000 prize and a year of mentorship with Hachette Australia for her manuscript 'Closing Down'. The Richell Prize for Emerging Authors was established this year in honour of Hachette publisher Matt Richell, who died in a surfing accident in 2014.

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A Brief History of Seven Killings wins 2015 Man Booker Prize - 14-Oct-2015

A Brief History of Seven Killings by Marlon James has been named as the winner of the 2015 Man Booker Prize for Fiction. The 44-year-old, now resident in Minneapolis, is the first Jamaican author to win the prize in its 47-year history.

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Svetlana Alexievich wins 2015 Nobel Prize for Literature - 09-Oct-2015

Belarussian journalist and prose writer Svetlana Alexievich has won the Nobel Prize in Literature. She is the 14th woman to win this prize, she is known for her deeply researched works about female Russian soldiers in World War II.

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Michael Robotham wins Golden Dagger - 01-Oct-2015

We are beyond excited to hear that Michael Robotham one of our favourite crime writers has become the second Australian ever to be awarded the British Crime Writers Association Gold Dagger for best crime novel of the year! His book Life or Death scored him the prestigious prize, and he now joins the ranks of former Gold Dagger winners John Le Carre, Ian Rankin and Val MacDermid. Click here to read our recent review of his latest book, Close Your Eyes.

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