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Shelf talk: Strictly business 

5 April 2013

Will the decade we’re living in be known as the digital age? Only time will tell and, in the meantime, there’s a good range of business books to guide our...

Shelf talk: New romantics 

13 December 2012

In 2012 it might have been overshadowed by erotic fiction, but there’s certainly no drought in rural romance. In January, Loretta Hill follows up her popular debut The Girl in...

Shelf talk: New kids on the block 

13 December 2012

In picture books, Chu’s Day by Neil Gaiman (Bloomsbury, January) is a playful comedy of errors by a consistently surprising author. And Adam Rex’s bold, colourful illustrations only heighten the...

Shelf talk: Listen up 

13 December 2012

Bolinda’s forthcoming audiobook releases include, in nonfiction, The Great Race by David Hill (read by Paul English, February), a thrilling historical account of the race between the English and the...

Shelf talk: Classic comics 

16 October 2012

At Christmas, it’s best to remember that the rarities in life make for the best gifts. Rarely does a Manga artist gain such success and popularity on his first try;...

Shelf talk: Strictly business 

16 October 2012

‘How do we fix this mess?’ asks Robert Peston in his book of the same name (Hodder, November). The financial crash of 2007/8 and the subsequent economic slump in much...

Shelf talk: Memorable memoirs 

13 June 2012

High Court Justice Michael Kirby is no stranger to the public spotlight. Although he’s only recently published his own story, he’s also the subject of a new biography, Michael Kirby:...

Shelf talk: Talking points 

13 June 2012

Piracy is a hot topic in the publishing industry, especially when it comes to ebooks. US writer Chris Ruen looks at the history, meaning and implications of downloading unlicensed digital...

Shelf talk: Children’s corner 

13 June 2012

Picture book publishers are showing no signs of slacking off in what is normally a low-selling period. Stephen Michael King has teamed up with Nick Bland in The Magnificent Tree...