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Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi has won the Man Booker 2019 International Prize
Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi has won the Man Booker 2019 International Prize

The Man Booker Prize has today announced that Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi has won the 2019 international prize.

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Netflix is rebooting the Babysitters Club
Netflix is rebooting the Babysitters Club

Netflix is planning a live-action TV series based on the classic series The Babysitters Club

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The longlist for the 2019 Miles Franklin Award has been announced
The longlist for the 2019 Miles Franklin Award has been announced

Read our reviews of the ten books in the running for the $60 000 prize. 

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First Nations and POC Writers Count launch crowdfunding campaign
First Nations and POC Writers Count launch crowdfunding campaign

First Nations & People of Colour Writers Count have launched a crowdfunding campaign for research into the lack of diversity in Australian publishing. 

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Australia's most borrowed library books of 2019
Australia's most borrowed library books of 2019

2019 Civica Libraries Index has revealed Australia and New Zealand’s most borrowed library books this year.

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Maria Semple's runaway-hit Where'd You Go Bernedette is getting a film adaption
Maria Semple's runaway-hit Where'd You Go Bernedette is getting a film adaption

Watch the second official trailer for the film adaption of Maria Semple's best-selling novel Where'd You Go Bernadette.

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Boy Swallows ABIAs: Trent Dalton dominates the book industry’s night of nights
5/03/2019 9:43 PM
Boy Swallows ABIAs: Trent Dalton dominates the book industry’s night of nights

Trent Dalton has won a record four ABIAs on the book industry's night of nights.

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The Bard of Bunyah: A tribute to Australia's greatest poet
The Bard of Bunyah: A tribute to Australia's greatest poet

29 April, 2019 marks the day the world lost one of its greatest poets. Les Murray died peacefully at age 80.

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Hunchback of Notre Dame tops best-seller list in France
Hunchback of Notre Dame tops best-seller list in France

The Hunchback of Notre Dame has catapulted to Amazon’s best-seller list in France.

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'Magnificent and compelling' novel The Overstory wins Richard Powers a Pulitzer Prize
'Magnificent and compelling' novel The Overstory wins Richard Powers a Pulitzer Prize

The Overstory by American novelist Richard Powers has won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction. Read our review.

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Cookbooks are beating the digital age - here are some of the best
Cookbooks are beating the digital age - here are some of the best

With Easter banquets around the corner and Mothers' Day following close behind, we have compiled our five top recommendations for the best new cookbooks. 

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ABIAs 2019 shortlists announced
4/12/2019 7:51 PM
ABIAs 2019 shortlists announced

The shortlist for the 2019 Australia Book Industry Awards has been announced! The nominees are voted for by the ABIA Voting Academy,... View More»

A memoir wins Stella prize for the first time
4/10/2019 7:28 PM
A memoir wins Stella prize for the first time

The $50,000 Stella prize has been awarded to Vicki Laveau-Harvie for her memoir The Erratics.

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New book reveals how chocolate transformed 17th-century English society
New book reveals how chocolate transformed 17th-century English society

Before chocolate came to be solidified and sold in blocks, it was served as a drink to the well-to-do of 17th-century London, who congregated in coffee and chocolate houses to sample the heady elixir.

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Jaclyn Moriarty has a bone to pick with her sister, Liane
Jaclyn Moriarty has a bone to pick with her sister, Liane

Beloved young adult and children’s author Jaclyn Moriarty is back with her first novel for adults since 2004, Gravity is the Thing.

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Children's Book Awards Shortlist Announced
Children's Book Awards Shortlist Announced

A fabulous list of Australian authors have been shortlisted for this year’s Children’s Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards.

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Renew Our Libraries initiative secures $60 million in funding for NSW public libraries
Renew Our Libraries initiative secures $60 million in funding for NSW public libraries

For the first time in 40 years, NSW public library funding is being increased. 

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Jack Heath on how he convinced publishers to accept a book featuring a nihilistic cannibal
Jack Heath on how he convinced publishers to accept a book featuring a nihilistic cannibal

When Jack Heath began shopping around the manuscript for his first adult book, publishers ‘hated’ it, says the Canberra author.

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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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