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July 11, 2018 Competition 1 Comment

Many Australians have been making eco-friendly lifestyle changes for years (decades, even!). But it's not always been easy - or as cheap - to choose sustainable products. With major grocery stores banning single-use plastic bags nationwide, cafes offering discounts for reusable cups (you can find your nearest one here), and plant-based food alternatives being made readily available, the everyday changes don't seem that daunting. READ MORE

Q&A with ‘Secret City’ authors, Steve Lewis and Chris Uhlmann

July 3, 2018 InterviewQ&A 0 Comments

Beneath the placid facade of Canberra lies a ‘Secret City’ of deals and divided loyalties, lies and opportunism. It’s a city Harriet Dunkley thinks she knows, but as she forces her way closer to the truth, Harriet discovers a conspiracy that threatens her career, her life and endangers the freedom of every Australian. Secret City is now available to watch on Netflix Australia! READ MORE

How Amie Kaufman turned her visit to Iceland into a fantasy novel for young readers

Christopher Tovo, Amie Kaufman Writing Process

Amie Kaufman is a New York Times and internationally bestselling author of young adult and middle grade fiction, including Unearthed and the Starbound trilogy with Meagan Spooner and the Illuminae Files with Jay Kristoff. Elementals: Ice Wolves is the first book in this exciting new middle grade series, so we asked Amie to shed some light on her writing process. It turns out that her research involves meeting real wolves, searching for magical items, and standing perilously close to icy rivers! READ MORE

How well do you know Australia’s most iconic author, leading feminist and humanitarian?

Author, union organiser, WWI volunteer, women's rights agitator, nationalist, Miles Franklin worked, wrote and talked for many causes, none more passionately than Australian literature. Propelled to fame aged only twenty-one in the wake of her bestselling novel My Brilliant Career, she never again achieved the same literary success, but her life was rich and productive. She published sixteen novels, numerous non-fiction books and articles, and maintained a prolific and entertaining correspondence with friends and acquaintances. READ MORE

How the Wilderness saves Turtle Alveston

In recent years it’s fair to say there have been quite a few novels about girls: girls with tattoos, girls on trains, girls in red coats, girls before, girls online, gone girls and, of course, the girls. But I can say with absolute confidence that you’ll have never met a girl like Turtle – the fourteen-year-old heroine of Gabriel Tallent’s astonishing debut novel. Turtle Alveston grows up in a decrepit house on the coast of Northern California in thrall to her father Martin, a reclusive autodidact and survivalist who is determined at all costs to keep his daughter close. READ MORE

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