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Critics' Picks

Have you made any surprising discoveries on our shelves?

There are over 2,000 new books to browse and read in our Critics’ Picks section, in the Governor Marie Bashir Reading Room.

This area is filled with comfortable chairs to lounge on and a variety of books to choose from, including fiction, non-fiction, journals, magazines, newspapers and more. 

Every book has been reviewed by top critics, such as the Australian Book Review, New York Review of Books, The Times Literary Supplement and the London Review of Books.

Check out our librarian reviews, curated reading lists and book recommendations.

Follow the conversation on Twtter with #CriticsPicks. 



Man Booker Prize nominee Ali Smith’s latest novel examines Brexit and...

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Top 11 summer reads

Our librarians have selected the top 11 summer reads for 2019. We guarantee...

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The Trauma Cleaner

A librarian finds compassion in this Critics' Picks exploration of an...

Read The Trauma Cleaner

Sad topographies

While looking at a map of Australia, Damien Rudd happened upon Mount Hopeless...

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God is Good for You

In this Critics' Picks review, political journalist Greg Sheridan examines...

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Fast times and excellent adventures

A Critics' Picks review finds the surprising history of the '80s  in James...

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Better read if dead

Top Critics’ Picks for lovers of Dead Central – just in time for Halloween.

Read Better read if dead