Our librarians’ picks

Suggestions for all ages

Our expert librarians suggest their top 10 books and audiobooks.

New books for adults

  1. Cilka's journey – Heather Morris
  2. Gone by midnight – Candice Fox
  3. Trick Mirror: reflections on self delusion – Jia Tolentino
  4. Beastie Boys book – Michael Diamond and Adam Horovitz
  5. Smashed avocado – Nicole Haddow
  6. 488 rules for life: the thankless art of being correct – Kitty Flanagan
  7. Wife and the window – Christian White
  8. The body: a guide for occupants – Bill Bryson
  9. Australia Day – Stan Grant
  10. The weekend – Charlotte Wood

Audiobooks for adults

  1. The testaments – Margaret Atwood, various readers including Margaret Atwood
  2. Silent patient – Alex Michaelides, read by Louise Brealey & Jack Hawkins.
  3. The wife drought: why women need wives, and men need lives – Annabel Crabb, read by Annabel Crabb
  4. Wedderburn: a true tale of blood and dust – Maryrose Cuskelly, read Maryrose Cuskelly
  5. Blood oath – Linda Fairstein, read by Barbara Rosenblat
  6. Less – Andrew Sean Greer, read by Robert Petkoff
  7. The land before avocado: journeys in a lost Australia – Richard Glover, read by Richard Glover CD format
  8. Blue moon – Lee Child, read by Jeff Harding
  9. Burial rites – Hannah Kent, read by Morven Christie CD format
  10. Devil's cub – Georgette Heyer, read by Michael Drew CD format

Books for kids 0 to 6 years

  1. Pig the grub – Aaron Blabey
  2. All I want for Christmas is rain – Cori Brooke
  3. Car, car, truck, jeep – Katrina Charman
  4. Rainbow bear – Stephen Michael King
  5. Santa's high-tech Christmas – Mike Dumbleton
  6. Pain in the butt – Stuart Lynch
  7. I say ooh you say aah – John Kane
  8. Bluey - the beach
  9. The wonky donkey – Craig Smith
  10. Pig the tourist – Aaron Blabey

Books for kids 7 to 12 years

  1. Real pigeons nest hard – Andrew McDonald
  2. Hotel Flamingo – Alex Milway
  3. I am enough – Grace Byers 
  4. His name was Walter – Emily Rodda
  5. Punky pineapple – Hilary Rogers and Joshie Lefers
  6. Pippi Longstocking – Astrid Lindgren
  7. The wizards of once series – Cressida Cowell
  8. Brindabella – Ursula Dubosarsky
  9. Golden unicorn – Anh Do
  10. Vincent and the grandest hotel on earth – Lisa Nicol

Books for teens

  1. The red scrolls of magic – Cassandra Clare and Wesley Chu
  2. Counting by 7s – Holly Goldberg Sloan
  3. Scythe – Neal Shusterman
  4. Lenny's book of everything – Karen Foxlee
  5. The window – Amelia Brunskill
  6. The secret commonwealth, the book of dust volume 2 – Philip Pullman
  7. The sun is also a star – Nicola Yoon
  8. Changing gear – Scot Gardner
  9. Becoming Kirrali Lewis – Jane Harrison
  10. The prom – Saundra Mitchell

Audiobooks for kids (all ages)

  1. Fantastic beasts and where to find them: Newt Scamander – J K. Rowling, read by Eddie Redmayne
  2. Snugglepot and Cuddlepie – May Gibbs, read by a full cast
  3. How to train your dragon  – Cressida Cowell, read by David Tennant
  4. Girls in tears – Jaqueline Wilson, read by Brigit Forsyth
  5. Classic magic – Mem Fox, read by Mem Fox
  6. The magic pudding – Norman Lindsay, read by a full cast
  7. The wind in the willows – Kenneth Grahame, read by Richard Briers
  8. Shadowblack – Sebastian de Castell, read by Joe Jameson
  9. Good night stories for rebel girls – Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo, read by a female cast (CD format)
  10. Funny kid stand up – Matt Stanton, read by Matt Stanton

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