Author: Simon Clark

Books Editor. An admirer of songs and reader of books. Simon has a PhD in English and Comparative Literature. All errant apostrophes are his own.

The AU’s Most Anticipated Books of 2023: Jan – Mar

January 18, 2023

Happy New Year! 2023 is already in full swing and we in the AU Books Team are back and ready to look ahead at some of this year’s most anticipated books. With so many books published each week, month and year, it’d be impossible to read them all. So this is only the briefest snapshot […]

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Best Books 2022

The Best Books of the Year: 2022

December 19, 2022

2022 has been a great year for settling in with a good book and escaping the world outside. We’ve reached that part of the year where we all start agonising over our ‘lists’  –best albums, best films, and of course best books.  We in the Books team have looked back over the year’s releases and […]

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Growing up Wiradjuri

Win one of nine copies of non-fiction anthology Growing Up Wiradjuri

November 22, 2022

Growing Up Wiradjuri, published earlier this year, is a new junior non-fiction anthology from Magabala Books. Edited by the prolific and acclaimed Wiradjuri writer and activist Dr. Anita Heiss, the anthology collects the personal stories of eight elders.  Each of the eight included writers are Uncles and Aunties who came of age in New South […]

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Most Anticipated Books Oct to Dec

The AU’s Most Anticipated Books of 2022: Oct to Dec

October 11, 2022

We’re now edging ever closer to Christmas. That means we’re now entering into some of the busiest weeks in the world of publishing and book selling. Expect to see lots of gift books and themed releases on the shelves in the next few weeks. With so many books being released each month, we in the […]

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Here Be Leviathans

Book Review: Here Be Leviathans cements Chris Flynn’s place as one of Australia’s most unique literary voices

October 3, 2022

Author Chris Flynn was the mastermind behind my favourite novel of 2020, Mammoth. Now he’s back with a new collection of short fiction/stories, Here Be Leviathans. And, it’s quite probably my favourite book of 2022. Collected over a period of ten years, the stories in Here Be Leviathans show an author who is full of […]

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Velcro Dog

Exclusive Single Premiere: Velcro Dog “Cone of Shame” (2022)

September 15, 2022

This week sees the release of “Cone of Shame”, the third and final single from Velcro Dog’s forthcoming debut album, Misanthropology. Ahead of its official release tomorrow we’re pleased to bring you this exclusive first listen to the dark and folksy track.  The emotive track is a stripped back affair, with a minimal acoustic arrangement […]

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Win a set of the Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlisted books

July 26, 2022

Last week saw Jennifer Down announced as the winner of the 2022 Miles Franklin Literary Award, for her new Bodies of Light. In doing so she has become one of the youngest winners in the award’s sixty five year history. Down and Bodies of Light were picked from a shortlist of five, which included an author of […]

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Anticipated Books Jul Sep 2022

The AU’s Most Anticipated Books of 2022: Jul to Sep

July 8, 2022

Somehow we’re halfway through the year. Which means the publishing world is beginning to start gearing up for Christmas. Soon, the shelves are going to be inundated with biographies and celebrity memoirs. We’ll also start to see the release of new books from the literary world’s commercial big hitters. As always with so many books […]

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New Music Discoveries 1st July

New Music Discoveries 1st July: Broken Bells, Missy Higgins and more

July 1, 2022

We’re welcoming in July with ten new tracks added to our Discovery playlist on Spotify and Apple Music, including one track we exclusively premiered earlier this week. The new single from Broken Bells, “We’re Not In Orbit Yet” heads up the playlist as our Track of the Week.  “We’re Not In Orbit Yet” is the […]

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Boo Seeka

Guest Playlist: Boo Seeka shares his top ten most played tracks

July 1, 2022

This week saw Boo Seeka finally release his long awaited second album, Between The Head & The Heart. The album saw him working alongside producer Matt Bartlem, with creative input from Jay Bainbridge, Luke Palmer, Ian Peres and impending tour mate Hayden James. The result is an album that is rich in creativity, with Boo exploring […]

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Exclusive Single Premiere: Darcy Lane “Spines” (2022)

June 30, 2022

Today we’re stoked to bring you the exclusive premiere of “Spines”, the captivating new single from Sydney-based alternative pop artist Darcy Lane. Officially releasing tomorrow, “Spines” is a delightfully dark and hypnotic slice of pop. From a relatively intimate opening of bass paired vocals, the track builds and swells strongly, before really bringing it home […]

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Local The Neighbour

Guest Playlist: Local The Neighbour crafts his own rom-com soundtrack with his favourite ‘relationship’ songs

June 28, 2022

Melbourne-via-Darwin artist Local The Neighbour a.k.a. David Quested recently unveiled his latest single “Point Guard”. A shimmering slice of warmth and positivity, the track pays tribute to loved ones, and was written for his girlfriend as an appreciation of their relationship. There’s even a charming Super 8 style accompanying music video that was created by […]

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New Music Discoveries 24th June: Gorillaz, Daphnie, Sylvan Esso and more

June 24, 2022

For the last time this month we have updated our Discovery playlist on Spotify and Apple Music with ten new tracks.  Our Track of the Week is “Cracker Island”, the brand new track from Splendour bound Gorillaz, featuring Grammy award winning Thundercat. Upbeat, energetic, a little bit funky and delivered with swagger “Cracker Island” is […]

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Georgie Neilsen

Exclusive Single Premiere: Georgie Neilsen “The Last Time I Felt Better” (2022)

June 15, 2022

Brisbane-based singer-songwriter Georgie Neilsen returns this week with her rousing  swaggering new single “The Last Time I Felt Better”. We’re excited to bring you this exclusive first taste of the single before its official release on Friday.  “The Last Time I Felt Better” is a rousing and rich slice of indie pop. It all starts […]

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The Wrecks

Alt rockers The Wrecks guide us through sophomore album Sonder

June 15, 2022

Last week saw Los Angeles alt rockers The Wrecks release their sophomore album Sonder. A couple of years in the making, the album builds upon the solid foundation of their debut album Infinitely Ordinary, released in 2020 and their earlier EPs.  On Sonder the band have teamed up with producers Westen Weiss (Camila Cabello, Post […]

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New Music Discoveries 10th June

New Music Discoveries 10th June: Boo Seeka, WAAX, Good Lekker and more

June 10, 2022

Ten more tracks have been added to our Discovery playlist on Spotify and Apple Music; including our Track of the Week: “Real” by Boo Seeka.  “Real” is the latest, and final, track to be revealed from the electro pop artist’s new album Between The Head & The Heart, which is out at the end of […]

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Review: Jack Panther – why don’t you come over? (2022 EP)

June 8, 2022

Friday saw Auckland-based queer alt-pop artist Jack Panther release his new EP: why don’t you come over? The EP, his second, confirms Panther’s position as one to watch; and one of Antipodean Alt Pop heirs apparent. Delivered in style, with a wonderful boldness, the sophomore releases features a captivating mixture of candid lyricism and lush, […]

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AIRPORTS impresses on “Second 2 Breathe”, the buzzing Aussie artist’s first new single for 2022

April 21, 2022

Australian singer, writer, producer and engineer Aaron Lee a.k.a Airports has this week released “Second 2 Breathe”.  “Second 2 Breathe” is Airports’ first solo release of 2022, and promises to be just the first release from a larger body of six tracks set for release this year. The single builds upon Airports’ trademark style, which […]

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Eric Terino

Interview: Eric Terino talks about his new album Innovations of Grave Perversity

April 20, 2022

Eric Terino is a singer-songwriter based in the New England region of America. He has just released his third album, the beautifully haunting Innovations of Grave Perversity. The album, which errs towards the folkier end of the genre spectrum, features a whole host of sonically interesting instruments, and musicians from around the world.  To celebrate […]

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Mama Roux

Guest Playlist: Mama Roux share the tracks that influenced their debut single “Big Fuss”

April 20, 2022

Mama Roux are a three-piece ‘garage’ rock band from the outskirts of Amsterdam. The trio, made up of Maarten (drums), Patrick (bass), and Lukas (guitar), have not long released their debut single “Big Fuss”.  The single, the first from their forthcoming eponymous EP, is a satisfyingly explosive blend of garage and blues rock. It’s raw, […]

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Most Anticipated Books

The AU’s Most Anticipated Books of 2022: Apr – Jun

April 7, 2022

Somehow it’s April already, with Easter coming up just next week. And in our opinion nothing pairs better with a chocolate egg and a long weekend like a good book.  To help you decide what to read next, we at the AU Books Team are here to pick out some choice cuts from the many […]

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The Reindeer Hunters

Book Review: Lars Mytting blends myth and history beautifully in The Reindeer Hunters

March 30, 2022

Norwegian author Lars Mytting and his English translator Deborah Dawkin transport readers back to the modest village of Butangen in The Reindeer Hunters, the second book in Mytting’s Sister Bells Trilogy.  If you haven’t read the first book in the trilogy, The Bell in the Lake, I heartily recommend you do so before starting on […]

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Guest Playlist: Kristo shares the tracks that inspired his debut EP Restore

March 29, 2022

Earlier this month Belgian singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Kristin Deruytter a.k.a Kristo released his debut EP Restore.  It’s an eclectic and exciting release; one which highlights the talent and promise of the young artist, with Kristo playing with genres at will. On the one hand, you have the refined and controlled emotion of “Restore”, and on […]

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Xavier Collins Coastlines

Guest Playlist: Xavier Collins shares the Australian songs that influenced his forthcoming EP Coastlines

March 1, 2022

London singer-songwriter Xavier Collins has had a busy start to 2022 – releasing his first two singles, and prepping the release of his debut EP Coastlines, which is due in April.  The first single “Elegy” was released in early January, and features a rich and emotive vocal performance from Collins, along with some truly beautiful […]

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Film Review: The Pit explores secrets, lies, and redemption in small town Latvia

February 24, 2022

The Pit, directed by Dace Pūce, Latvia’s submission to the 2022 Oscar’s for Best International Film is something of a contradictory affair; at once a rich and nuanced coming of age story, but also an almost brutalist portrayal of life in small-town Latvia.  Based on a series of stories by Latvian writer Jana Egle, the […]

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The AU’s Most Anticipated Books of 2022: Jan – Mar

January 6, 2022

We’re a week in 2022 and it’s already looking like it’s going to be a year for escapism. Case numbers and rising, people are finding themselves in iso. So why not ride it out with a good book? Once again, the AU Books Team are looking ahead and picking out some choice cuts of the […]

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Best Books 2021

The Best Books of The Year: 2021

December 16, 2021

2021. We had high hopes. But it’s been another year of uncertainty and upheaval – albeit perhaps not as bad as last year. It has been another strong year for books and publishing, with some big names returning with new books: Colson Whitehead, Taylor Jenkins Reid and Sally Rooney to name just three.  It’s also […]

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Drew Barrymore

Recipe: Cook Harissa Spaghetti from Drew Barrymore’s new cookbook Rebel Homemaker

December 14, 2021

Actress Drew Barrymore is joining the ranks of lifestyle authors, with her debut lifestyle guide and cookbook Rebel Homemaker.  In Rebel Homemaker, Barrymore takes you inside her kitchen and her life, as she shares stories, recipes and personal photos. Alongside thirty-six recipes, she will also be sharing personal essays and stories about topics such as […]

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Book Review: Colm Tóibín’sThe Magician offers an often interesting portrait of a complicated writer

November 11, 2021

The Magician, the new novel from Irish author Colm Tóibín, explores the live of the acclaimed German author Thomas Mann. It’s a novel that spans decades, continents and two World Wars – all in fewer pages than you would expect.  It is an interesting novel. Whilst it’s clearly incredibly well researched, and it has prompted […]

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World's Best Biscuit

Recipe: The World’s Best Biscuit from Matt Preston’s World of Flavour

November 5, 2021

Award-winning food journalist, radio presenter, TV personality and bestselling cookbook author Matt Preston is back with a new cookbook: Matt Preston’s World of Flavour. The premise of this new cookbook is very much in the title. In this colourful new release, Preston brings together our favourite, flavourful dishes from around the world. Some of the […]

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