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Barbara Hannay on the secret hidden behind a mirror that sparked her new novel

What's on National Geographic blogger Ed Yong's bookshelf?

Making old books into art

Journalist Tim Elliott on growing up with a physician father with bipolar disorder

UK writer Marina Benjamin on the misogynistic roots of hormone replacement therapy

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The August issue of Good Reading magazine is ready for you to read!
Escape to the Atherton Tablelands in Far North Queensland in our cover story about prolific Australian novelist Barbara Hannay, who has just published The Grazier's Wife. Find out the stories behind Troppo, a new surfing novel set in Indonesia by a young Aussie author, and Farewell to the Father: A memoir of love and madness by Tim Elliott. Check out our Historical Author Hall of Fame, an article by Marina Benjamin about the misogynistic roots of hormone replacement therapy, and our interview with Kim Mahood, a writer who frequents Indigenous communities in the remote north of Australia. All this and more, plus our monthly stack of independent reviews!

Happy reading,

The gr team

Featured Books

Position Doubtful
Kim Mahood


Since the publication of her prize-winning memoir, Craft for a Dry Lake, in 2000, writer and artist Kim Mahood has been returning to the Tanami Desert country in far north-western Australia where, as a child, she lived with her family on a remote cattle station. The land is timeless, but much has changed: the station has been handed back to its traditional owners, the mining companies have arrived and Aboriginal art has flourished... read more.

The Middlepause
Marina Benjamin

In a society obsessed with living longer and looking younger, what does middle age nowadays mean? How should a fifty-something be in a world ceaselessly redefining ageing, youth and experience?

The Middlepause offers hope, and heart. Cutting through society’s clamorous demands to stay young and work longer, it delivers a clear-eyed account of midlife’s challenges. 

Read more.

The Salamanders 
William Lane

At its heart, The Salamanders is a love story. Arthur lives in a hut by the Hawkesbury River, where the detritus of suburban life gradually encroaching. When Rosie, the adopted daughter of his fathers’ second wife, returns from England to visit, their time together brings back childhood memories of their father, Peregrine, a famous and controversial artist, and what happened at a holiday by the ocean years ago.

Rosie, Arthur and Peregrine are characters who the reader will find hard to let go of ... read more.

Top August Reviews

Upcoming Events

Sydney Jewish Writers Festival
28 August 2016

The Sydney Jewish Writers Festival is a festival dedicated to celebrating the richness and diversity of Jewish writing. It showcases the talents of writers from around Australia and overseas who identify as Jewish or who write on Jewish themes.

The SJWF is the only festival of its kind in Australia and is steadily becoming a major event on the cultural and educational calendar of the community.
St Albans Writers' Festival

18 September 2016

In our inaugural year we set out to bring a whole world of writing to our little village. Now, our 2016 program includes Les Murray, Stan Grant, Jane Caro, Emily Maguire, Hugh Mackay, Richard Glover, as well as food experts Simmone Logue and Paul West. We also reaffirm our commitment to emerging writers. Altogether it adds up to an exciting program that encompasses fiction, crime, historical fiction, true crime, fairy stories, social commentary, politics, food and travel writing. 

New in Kids & YA

The Misadventures of Max Crumbly
Rachel Renee Russell

A brand-new series from #1 bestselling Dork Diaries author Rachel Renee Russell! Introducing Max Crumbly, the new dork on the block.

Max is about to face the scariest place he’s ever been – South Ridge Middle School! He has been home-schooled by his grandmother until now, and he’s begged his parents to finally let him start attending a real school. He’s starting to question that choice, though, with the Doug aka Thug Thurston Problem. As in, Thug keeps stuffing Max in his locker. Find out more!
Meet Max Crumbly

Father's Day Gift Guide

Find a book that Dad will love in our 2016 Fathers' Day Gift Guide! Stacks of new thrillers, memoirs, fascinating non-fiction reads from top journos and other bookish gifts to choose from before September 4! Check out the online guide here.

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