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. 


Top summer reads for 2022

If catching up on a good book or two is on your ‘to do’ list this summer,...

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Top reads through space and time

To celebrate Library and Information Week, our librarians have selected their...

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Top reads through space and time for kids

To inspire kids on their own journeys to infinity and beyond in Library and...

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Top summer reads 

Hand-picked and critically acclaimed books to grab your attention this summer.

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Top reads for spring

As the weather turns a little warmer we’re reminded that one of our favourite...

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Critics' Christmas Picks

It's a time for gathering, eating and heading to the beach - along with...

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The Salt Path

Have you ever just started walking to see what you'd find? One of our...

Read The Salt Path

Top 11 summer reads for kids

Whether your kids are looking for great escapes or brilliant careers, these...

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A thylacine sighting isn't the most unexpected or shocking event in Krissy...

Read Wintering

The Land Before Avocado

Do you remember a time before the Internet? Richard Glover does, along with...

Read The Land Before Avocado

The Library Book

A fire in a library has all the makings of a real-life horror story, but our...

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Keep Calm and Carry On

Ever wondered where the popular slogan 'Keep Calm and Carry On' came from?...

Read Keep Calm and Carry On