Books

The Do’s and Don’ts of Publishing a Book

June 17, 2021

Did you know that one million books were self-published in 2017? 507,000 of the e-books published in 2018 came from self-published authors. Are you considering publishing a book? You’ll want some tips about what to do and what not to do during the publishing process. This guide will provide all the information you need. Keep […]

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Malibu Rising

Book Review: Malibu Rising is a dreamy new addition to the Taylor Jenkins Reid universe

June 17, 2021

One of this year’s most highly anticipated releases, Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid hit stores this month. Loosely linked to both of TJR’s previous smash hits, The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo and Daisy Jones and the Six, Malibu Rising continues her theme of exploring the inner lives of the rich and famous; showing us what is really going […]

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Infinite Country

Book Review: Patricia Engel’s Infinite Country is a timely read that justifies the hype

June 10, 2021

Talia is on the run. The mastermind behind a plan to escape from a home for juvenile delinquents, her end goal is simple. Reunite with her father and make it to Bogotá Airport in time for her flight to the US. And waiting for her on the other side? Her estranged mother and siblings, and […]

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Turtlenecks

Book Review: Turtlenecks is Steven Christie’s satirical love letter to arts culture

June 3, 2021

Steven Christie pays tribute to and pokes fun at the sometimes impenetrable, often critical, but unquestionably interesting world of art in his comedy graphic novel: Turtlenecks. When art student Sam decides to donate his beloved flower necklace to a charity art auction, his friend Jules reminds him of the sentimental significance of the item. But the […]

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Brooke Dunnell wins the 2021 Fogarty Literary Award with her last minute manuscript

June 3, 2021

, Last night saw Brooke Dunnell announced as the winner of the 2021 Fogarty Literary Award at the ECU Spiegeltent. Dunnell receives a $20,000 cash prize from the Fogarty Foundation, along with a publishing contract with Fremantle Press for her winning manuscript The Glass House.  The Fogarty Literary Award is for Western Australian writers aged […]

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Lovebirds

Book Review: Amanda Hampson’s Lovebirds offers a tumultuous journey where not all marriages end in happily ever after

June 2, 2021

Lovebirds Elizabeth and Ray fight so hard to have a life they want; a life they both deserve. Elizabeth comes from a selfish family so when she meets Ray, her whole world changes. They fall in love and when fate intervenes, it changes the course of their marriage forever. Their love moved them to different […]

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Macneal

Book Review: Elizabeth Macneal dissects the Greatest Show on Earth in her spellbinding sophomore novel

May 27, 2021

Elizabeth Macneal is back with a follow up to her 2019 novel The Doll Factory. Though not a sequel, Circus of Wonders treads familiar ground in weaving another Victorian era tale of entertainment, exploitation and obsession. While The Doll Factory used as its setting the Great Exhibition, Circus of Wonders, as its title suggests, uses the travelling circus. […]

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The Beauty of Living Twice

Book Review: Sharon Stone’s The Beauty of Living Twice is a unique and compelling Hollywood memoir

May 26, 2021

Not the typical Hollywood star, it stands to reason that Sharon Stone‘s The Beauty of Living Twice isn’t the typical Hollywood memoir either. For starters, it’s beautifully written. Candid and conversational, it is at times lyrical and evocative, at others harrowing and heartbreaking. Revelations of childhood abuse, Hollywood toxicity, and the agony of recovery sit […]

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Madam

Book Review: Phoebe Wynne’s Madam is a modern day Gothic for Hanging Rock fans

May 25, 2021

Imagine reading Picnic at Hanging Rock at the same time as The Handmaid’s Tale, and you’ll get somewhere close to understanding the experience of Phoebe Wynne‘s debut novel, Madam. This is the story of Rose, a twenty-six year old classics teacher who is plucked from obscurity (or, from teaching at public schools) and made the head of the […]

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As Beautiful As Any Other

Book Review: Kaya Wilson’s As Beautiful as Any Other deep dives into the inheritance of trauma

May 20, 2021

“This is a trans story. But it is also my story.” So says this powerful quote from Kaya Wilson’s memoir: As Beautiful as Any Other. Written as a personal record of his own experiences with both the medical profession and the world, beginning the day Kaya began to question his gender, As Beautiful as Any Other is a powerful […]

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Furphy Anthology

Book Review: Enjoy some distinctly Australian yarns in the 2020 Furphy Anthology

May 19, 2021

Established back in 1992 to support Shepparton writers, The Furphy Literary Award decided to expand its reach in 2020, opening its doors to unpublished short stories from writers across Australia. Inspired by Joseph Furphy, author of Australian classic Such Is Life, and the yarns told around his brother’s foundry, writers are encouraged to offer up […]

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Under-Earth

Book Review: Chris Gooch’s Under-Earth explores friendship in a world where it’s every man for himself

May 18, 2021

Cartoonist Chris Gooch manages to pack a lot into this page-turning dystopian graphic novel. Under-Earth follows two sets of prisoners as they struggle to survive in the subterranean landfill prison of Delforge. Gooch’s story is a commentary on everything from capitalism, materialism, and prison culture to revenge, forgiveness, loneliness, and friendship. The story begins with […]

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The Rose Daughter

Book Review: The Rose Daughter is the latest addition to Maria Lewis’ Supernatural Sisters squad

May 13, 2021

Dreckly Jones lives by one core rule. Don’t be a hero. She wouldn’t have lived this long without it – and as a 140-something year old sprite that shouldn’t have existed in the first place, that’s no mean feat. But when a group of supernatural beings come to her, begging for help, her resolve is […]

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Smokehouse

Book Review: Melissa Manning’s Smokehouse is a warm debut that’s hard to pin down

May 12, 2021

Melissa Manning may be based in Melbourne now, but her connection to Tasmania resounds strongly throughout the stories in her debut collection, Smokehouse. Told in the form of nine interlinked tales, the book follows the lives of a number of residents of a small Tasmanian coastal town. At the centre (and also bookending the collection) is […]

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Heartsick

Book Review: Heartsick offers hope to the heartbroken but not much in the way of healing

May 11, 2021

In Heartsick, journalist and assistant head of content at Mammamia, Jessie Stephens goes undercover in search of the truth about heartbreak. Inspired by her own relationship breakdown and a search for a “book that [she was] fairly certain [didn’t] exist” which could “put into words how [she was] feeling”, this debut work of narrative non fiction looks […]

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Rising

Book Review: Bronwyn Eley saves the best for last with series finale Rising

May 6, 2021

With the power of two Relics now at her command and with the rebel leader Bellamy finally apprehended, Kaylan has a new challenge ahead of her. In order to rid the world of the corrupting magic of the stones, she must collect all five and destroy them once and for all. But convincing the other […]

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The French Gift

Book Review: The strength of female friendship is celebrated in Kirsty Manning’s The French Gift

May 5, 2021

Kirsty Manning‘s historical fiction always features two things: an intriguing mystery in the past that must be uncovered by characters in the present day, and sumptuous descriptions of food and drink. Her latest novel, The French Gift is no exception. And no wonder, as Kirsty Manning is the co-owner of the Bellota Wine Bar and the […]

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Just Like You

Book Review: Nick Hornby’s Just Like You is a smart, quaint and funny love story

May 4, 2021

The tagline for Nick Hornby’s ninth novel should be “Love happens you least expect it.” On, Just Like You he’s fashioned together an interracial and intergenerational romance between two unlikely individuals. The result is a very sweet and realistic book that could offer a breezy form of escapism for readers during the world’s continued Covid madness. Hornby […]

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Brisbane Writers Festival

8 events you can’t miss at Brisbane Writers Festival

May 3, 2021

Brisbane Writers Festival is just a few days away, and with a huge range of events both online and at the BWF hub at the State Library of Queensland, we’ve decided to do a bit of the hard work for you! To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of eight unmissable events – though […]

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5 simple steps to inspire a love for reading in children 

April 29, 2021

It’s every parent’s desire for their children to start reading from an early age. The number of literate children aged 5-24 has been increasing since 1985. A lot of headway has been made since then and to continue with this trend, we need to encourage children to read more.  In a world filled with gadgets […]

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Tell Me Why

Book Review: Archie Roach’s Tell Me Why successfully translates his inspirational life story for a younger audience

April 29, 2021

Singer-songwriter, campaigner, and national treasure Archie Roach has re-packaged his acclaimed memoir Tell Me Why for a young adult readership. Whilst it’s an abridged version, it’s no less inspirational, and contained not only his voice and story, but the stories and voices of many other Elders, as well as young people. Roach was taken away from his family […]

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First time nominees dominate 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist

April 29, 2021

The 2021 shortlist for the Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced at a virtual event overnight. This year’s shortlist is one for the newcomers, with none of the six shortlisted authors having been previously shortlisted for the Prize. The six strong shortlist, which was selected by Chair of judges, Bernardine Evaristo and her judging panel […]

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Winners of the 2021 ABIA Awards announced

April 28, 2021

The winners of this year’s ABIAs (Australian Book Industry Awards) were announced at Carriageworks in Sydney as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival this evening in a hybrid online and in-person event. Julia Baird took out the top award for Book of the Year for her non-fiction release Phosphorescence, described by guest presenter Cate Blanchett […]

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Book Review: Chelsea Bieker’s Godshot is an engrossing tale of family, fanaticism, and finding your way

April 28, 2021

When Pastor Vern and the Gifts of the Spirit Church bring rain to Peaches, the drought-stricken townsfolk can’t embrace their saviours fast enough. But, as the drought drags on, and her mother is banished, fourteen year old Lacey May begins to question her role in the church that holds such a grip on the Californian […]

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Book Review: Laura Bates’ Men Who Hate Women is a fiery look at extreme misogyny

April 27, 2021

Laura Bates is an author, educator and the founder of the Everyday Sexism Project. In interviews she states that she’s witnessed a change in the young men she’s been teaching; and that she has more hostility and resistance to her lessons about feminism and sexism. In identifying this, she had the kernels of an idea […]

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Where the Line Breaks

Book Review: Where the Line Breaks is a thoughtful analysis of the ANZAC legend and those who create it

April 23, 2021

Shortlisted for the inaugural Fogarty Literary Award, Where the Line Breaks, the debut novel by West Australian writer Michael Burrows is stylistically a little out of the ordinary for Fremantle Press. For a start, a large part of the story is told in the form of a fictional PhD thesis. Writing the thesis is Matthew Denton, a “starry-eyed […]

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Evie Wyld takes out the 2021 Stella Prize with her novel The Bass Rock

April 22, 2021

“We are all struggling. To acknowledge that is to connect to our fellow human beings and to nature…” In an evening centered around the theme ‘If They Could Talk: On Voice and Voicelessness’, Evie Wyld took out the 2021 Stella Prize and the $50,000 prize for her novel The Bass Rock, “a fearless novel that […]

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The Final Revival of Opal & Nev

Book Review: Dawnie Walton’s debut The Final Revival of Opal & Nev is headliner material

April 22, 2021

Since the release of Daisy Jones and the Six back in 2019, narratives about fictional bands, singers and songwriters have undergone something of a renaissance. Dawnie Walton’s debut The Final Revival of Opal & Nev builds on the oral history format of Daisy Jones, and takes the next step. Walton succeeds in telling a story […]

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Ariadne

Book Review: Jennifer Saint’s engaging Ariadne continues the trend for retellings of Ancient Greek mythology

April 21, 2021

Daughter of cruel King Minos and sister to the Minotaur, Ariadne lives a life governed by the fear her monstrous brother instils into the enemies of Crete. Athens, in particular, suffers, forced to send regular sacrifices for the Minotaur, exchanging some of its young people for peace with the island nation. But one year, a […]

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Win a double pass to the 2021 ABIA Gala

April 21, 2021

Next week, Wednesday April 28th, will see the best and brightest of Australian literature descend on Sydney’s Carriageworks for the premier event in the Australian book industry calendar; and we’re giving five of you the chance to join them.  We have five General Admissions double passes to give away to the 2021 ABIAs Awards Gala. […]

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