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22 August 2022


Barbara Jefferis Award 2022 shortlist announced

The Australian Society of Authors (ASA) has announced the shortlist for the 2022 Barbara Jefferis Award, worth $50,000. The shortlisted titles are: Bodies of Light (Jennifer Down, Text) Ordinary Matter... Read more


Berani (Michelle Kadarusman, A&U Children’s) x

Berani is a powerful middle-grade story about animal activism set in Indonesia, by the Indonesian-Australian author of Music for Tigers. Weaving in two interconnected stories and three voices, including that... Read more
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Diary of a Rescued Wombat: The untold story (Jackie French, illus by Bruce Whatley, HarperCollins) x

Who says prequels are only for YA epics and fantasy novel franchises? Jackie French and Bruce Whatley have decided it’s time for us to learn the backstory of the protagonist... Read more


Nothing Bad Ever Happens Here (Heather Rose, A&U) x

At the age of six, Heather Rose stood under a eucalyptus tree and pledged herself to a higher power: ‘I’m ready. Tell me what to do.’ Throughout her childhood in... Read more
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The Reindeer and the Submarine (Beverley McWilliams, Pantera Press) x

Having previously been awarded a notable CBCA commendation for her picture book on aviator Captain Harry Butler, Beverley McWilliams now makes a quirky and charming foray into middle-grade fiction. The... Read more


The Soulmate (Sally Hepworth, Macmillan)

Sally Hepworth delivers another brilliant, page-turning domestic thriller with her eighth novel The Soulmate. Set in the idyllic coastal town of Portsea, sheltered from the hustle of city life, the... Read more
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