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Who has won the Australian Indie Book of the Year?
Who has won the Australian Indie Book of the Year?

The Indies are considered the forerunners of all major Australian book awards. Past Book of the Year winners have gone on to  win other major literary awards. So who has won this year's award?

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Feast your eyes on first trailer for Good Omens
3/11/2019 7:57 PM
Feast your eyes on first trailer for Good Omens

Fans can now finally watch the six-part fantasy drama’s first official trailer. 

 

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Book that exposed Cardinal George Pell's sex offences goes back on sale after gag order
Book that exposed Cardinal George Pell's sex offences goes back on sale after gag order

The explosive book was pulled off shelves in 2017 as Pell's trial began. 

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Meet the hacker called Alien, who's fighting to keep your data, money and privacy safe
Meet the hacker called Alien, who's fighting to keep your data, money and privacy safe

A new book by Jeremy N Smith charts the fascinating career of a hacker called Alien - and it might leave you wanting to throw your smartphone into the toilet. 

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Sit down, shut up, read: The new branch of silent book clubbing in Melbourne
3/12/2019 2:37 AM
Sit down, shut up, read: The new branch of silent book clubbing in Melbourne

A collective called the STFU Reading Society has started hosting ‘silent reading parties’ in Melbourne.

 

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Jacqueline Kent on falling in love with the man behind 'Wake in Fright'
3/11/2019 1:39 AM
Jacqueline Kent on falling in love with the man behind 'Wake in Fright'

Jacqueline’s new memoir, Beyond Words: A year with Kenneth Cook, charts her relationship and brief marriage to the author of Wake in Fright.

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Transfixing and Twisty: bestselling YA author of 'Everless' announces upcoming book
2/08/2019 11:36 PM
Transfixing and Twisty: bestselling YA author of 'Everless' announces upcoming book

Havenfall is scheduled for publication in 2020.

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Matthew Reilly voted Australia's favourite author for the third time
3/07/2019 12:45 AM
Matthew Reilly voted Australia's favourite author for the third time

The author of Hover Car Racer and The Three Secret Cities is the only author to have taken the top spot more than once in Booktopia's annual Australia's Favourite Author... View More»

Chloe Hooper's investigation into arson and the Black Saturday bushfires
2/07/2019 8:08 PM
Chloe Hooper's investigation into arson and the Black Saturday bushfires

Ten years on from Australia's deadliest blaze, Chloe Hooper retells the story of Black Saturday from all angles and investigates the trial of firebug Brendan Sokaluk.

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Watch the new teaser trailer for season 3 of The Handmaid's Tale
2/04/2019 11:34 PM
Watch the new teaser trailer for season 3 of The Handmaid's Tale

Hulu has released a teaser trailer for the forthcoming season of The Handmaid’s Tale.

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50 years worth of unpublished work by JD Salinger is being released
2/04/2019 9:55 PM
50 years worth of unpublished work by JD Salinger is being released

The Salinger family announced that the Catcher in the Rye author's previously unseen work is being prepared for publication.

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'Anna Karenina' is being adapted into a YA novel with a Korean-American lead
'Anna Karenina' is being adapted into a YA novel with a Korean-American lead

The Anna K books will be set between Manhattan and Greenwich, featuring a Korean-American ‘it girl’

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Jennifer Rowe (Emily Rodda) awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia
Jennifer Rowe (Emily Rodda) awarded a Companion of the Order of Australia

Rowe was ‘moved to tears’ and ‘amazed and honoured’ to receive the award.

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How a crime writer became a suspected serial killer in Australia's longest-running murder investigation
How a crime writer became a suspected serial killer in Australia's longest-running murder investigation

Twenty years after publishing his 1995 debut crime novel, City of Light, rock musician and writer Dave Warner answered the door of his Sydney home to find two suited men standing outside.

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Deepfakes, Dark kitchens, and Big Dick Energy: Macquarie Dictionary announces Word of the Year
Deepfakes, Dark kitchens, and Big Dick Energy: Macquarie Dictionary announces Word of the Year

The etymology boffins at the Macquarie Dictionary have, once again, trawled through the list of new words added to the dictionary in 2018 and selected the term or phrase that most accurately ‘represents the year gone... View More»

Can you guess how many print books sold in Australia in 2018?
Can you guess how many print books sold in Australia in 2018?

Reading is Australia’s favourite leisure activity. We spend more time with books in our hands... View More»

The birth of the blurb
1/10/2019 9:38 PM
The birth of the blurb

We know that you don’t judge a book by its cover. You pick it up, flip it over, and judge it by the blurb instead. But where did this now-ubiquitous practice originate?

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Unexpected Book Sequels Spurred by Popular Screen Adaptions
2/09/2019 12:19 AM
Unexpected Book Sequels Spurred by Popular Screen Adaptions

A number of popular movies and TV shows based on books have inspired authors to write sequels to their books that may never have existed.

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First peek at images from the set of Catch-22
2/02/2019 12:56 AM
First peek at images from the set of Catch-22

The book is being revived as a 6-episode TV miniseries on Hulu, directed by George Clooney.  

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New Year's Reading Resolutions
2/02/2019 12:00 AM
New Year's Reading Resolutions

Have you set your resolutions for 2019? Maybe you’ve already broken a few! Fear not – there’s still hope for your reading goals. Here are our five best tips for keeping your reading on track in the New Year.

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Australian authors share in $600,000 worth of prize money at the Prime Minister's Literary Awards
12/05/2018 9:21 PM
Australian authors share in $600,000 worth of prize money at the Prime Minister's Literary Awards

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards are in their 11th year, and this year have distributed $600,000 worth of prize money to Australian authors across six categories.

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Winner announced for best thriller without violence towards women
12/03/2018 8:39 PM
Winner announced for best thriller without violence towards women

Australian author Jock Serong’s On The Java Ridge has taken out first place in The Staunch Book Prize, a new award that is protesting the overload of violence towards women in fiction. 

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Margaret Atwood announces a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood announces a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale

The sequel to Margaret Atwood's dystopian classic The Handmaid’s Tale is due for publication in September 2019. 

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Story of a combat cameraman in the often overlooked British Army Film and Photographic Unit wins $20,000 Nib Literary Award
Story of a combat cameraman in the often overlooked British Army Film and Photographic Unit wins $20,000 Nib Literary Award

Helen Lewis has won the Nib Literary Award for her book The Dead Still Cry Out, an investigation into her father’s life through the photographs he took during World War II as a combat cameraman.

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Tom Cruise axed from Jack Reacher film series because he's 'too short'
Tom Cruise axed from Jack Reacher film series because he's 'too short'

Jack Reacher, who is described by his creator Lee Child as ‘a huge, intimidating bruiser ... a big, probably a bit ugly sorta guy’ was played by Tom Cruise – a 5’7, handsome Hollywood mainstay.

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 ‘I wrote this novel for anyone who has struggled’: Manuscript about growing up gay in regional WA wins Hungerford Award
‘I wrote this novel for anyone who has struggled’: Manuscript about growing up gay in regional WA wins Hungerford Award

Perth writer Holden Sheppard won the $12,000 prize for his YA manuscript, Invisible Boys, which follows three 16-year-old boys coming to terms with being gay in their regional Western Australian... View More»

Books to Broadway: Four Musicals You Didn't Know Were Novels First
Books to Broadway: Four Musicals You Didn't Know Were Novels First

The casual theatregoer may think that these musicals were straight-to-stage sensations, but they actually began as books.

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The State Library of Queensland has opened Australia's first Tool Library
The State Library of Queensland has opened Australia's first Tool Library

An membership fee of $75 gives people access to power tools, camping gear, kitchen appliances, party needs and other household items.

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The true story behind Nicole Kidman's new film 'Boy Erased'
12/12/2018 3:29 AM
The true story behind Nicole Kidman's new film 'Boy Erased'

Garrard Conley was 19 when he was outed as gay and forced by his parents to either leave their care or undergo conversion therapy.

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Michelle Obama's memoir hits shelves tomorrow
12/12/2018 12:20 AM
Michelle Obama's memoir hits shelves tomorrow

Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s memoir is hitting shelves in two days time

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12/08/2018 1:45 AM
"Chillingly entertaining": Melbourne writer Ruth McIver wins $10,000 Richell Prize with crime novel 'I Shot the Devil'

A total of 660 writers submitted chapter samples to the Richell Prize this year in the hopes of snaring the attention of the judges and scoring $10,000 and a 12-month mentoring program with publisher Hachette.

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Author Jack Heath is launching a new party game for storytellers
12/07/2018 12:55 AM
Author Jack Heath is launching a new party game for storytellers

The game is called Lights, Camera, Pitch! and to play, each participant pretends to be a film producer looking to pitch their latest project to the ‘studio’, another player.

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Which is the oddest one out?
12/06/2018 12:27 AM
Which is the oddest one out?

The shortlist for the 2018 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year has been announced.

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Publisher announces book release about the Thai cave rescue
12/06/2018 12:04 AM
Publisher announces book release about the Thai cave rescue

Publisher, Penguin Random House, has announced it will publish 'Into the Dark: The dramatic story of the Thai cave rescue' by Dr Craig Challen, Dr Richard Harris and Coach Ekkapol... View More»

Lynette Noni's series 'The Medoran Chronicles' is an addictive combo of Harry Potter, Narnia and X-Men
12/05/2018 1:41 AM
Lynette Noni's series 'The Medoran Chronicles' is an addictive combo of Harry Potter, Narnia and X-Men

In July this year, Lynette’s books occupied all top five spots on the Australian young adult books bestseller list.

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Margaret Atwood is auctioning off the chance to name a character in her next book
11/05/2018 7:07 PM
Margaret Atwood is auctioning off the chance to name a character in her next book

Margaret Atwood is among a number of well-known authors offering the chance to name a character in their latest books as part of a charity auction in aid of survivors of torture.

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Michael Robotham's internationally bestselling book is being adapted for TV
11/01/2018 11:40 PM
Michael Robotham's internationally bestselling book is being adapted for TV

The #1 International Bestseller The Secrets She Keeps is being made into a six part series. 

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Jock Serong releases new novel based on a shipwreck north of Tasmania in 1797
Jock Serong releases new novel based on a shipwreck north of Tasmania in 1797

Jock Serong's latest novel, Preservation, is based on a the real-life 1797 wrecking of the Sydney Cove, a ship bound from Calcutta for the newly established colony of Sydney. 

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Michael Connelly awarded the Diamond Dagger at the 2018 UK Crime Writers' Association Dagger awards
Michael Connelly awarded the Diamond Dagger at the 2018 UK Crime Writers' Association Dagger awards

Florida-based crime writer Michael Connelly has been awarded one of the world’s highest crime-writing honours, the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Diamond Dagger.

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A law school in India is teaching a course on Harry Potter
A law school in India is teaching a course on Harry Potter

Students will be taught the parallels between our rule of law and the rule of law as it exists in J.K Rowling’s fictional world of wizardry. View More»

You can obtain permission to adapt stories by Stephen King for just $1
You can obtain permission to adapt stories by Stephen King for just $1

A selection of the King of Horror's 200-odd short stories are available to amateur film and theatre-makers at a bargain-bin price of a buck.

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A new edition of Andre Aciman’s 'Enigma Variations' has been released in Australia
A new edition of Andre Aciman’s 'Enigma Variations' has been released in Australia

Aciman has another novel on offer that similarly evokes the sensuality, bliss and devastation of love: Enigma... View More»

Queensland Literary Awards Winners Announced
Queensland Literary Awards Winners Announced

Real life events explored through both non-fiction and fiction were revealed as winners at the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards.

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Author Jane Caro considering challenging Tony Abbott for the seat of Warringah
Author Jane Caro considering challenging Tony Abbott for the seat of Warringah

Writer and commentator Jane Caro is seriously considering challenging Tony Abbott in the seat of Warringah after the View More»

Jodi Picoult's reading repertoire
Jodi Picoult's reading repertoire

Blockbuster author Jodi Picoult on the books that have shaped her life, made her laugh, and defined her career. 

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BBC's Sherlock and Dr Who Creative Team Is Bringing Us Dracula
BBC's Sherlock and Dr Who Creative Team Is Bringing Us Dracula

Get ready to sink your fangs into the newest adaptation of Bram Stoker’s gothic horror masterpiece.

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