Looking for an uplifting read?

Here, The Guardian shares a list of books with kindness, compassion and community at their heart.

Do you have any go-to uplifting books? What do you pick up when you're feeling down?

With Gail Honeyman and Joanna Cannon on the Women’s prize for fiction longlist, uplifting stories about kindness and community are proving a hit on bestseller lists

Happy Monday, all!

John Green, author of "The Fault in Our Stars," "Paper Towns," and "Turtles All the Way Down" (among many, many others), created this soul-stirring and deeply moving video about "The Broccoli Tree," a beautiful Swedish tree that, in a short time, became both a tourist attraction and an Instagram sensation.

In this video, Green recounts the tree's journey from anonymity to celebrity, and the eventual vandalism that led to its sad destruction.


His thoughts on the loss of the tree, and the meaning of sharing something beautiful in an age of social media, are particularly profound:

"To share something is to risk losing it, especially in a world where sharing occurs at tremendous scale and where everyone seems to want to be noticed, even if only for cutting down a beloved tree...And the truth is, if we horde and hide what we love, we can still lose it. Only then, we’re alone in the loss."

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Some thoughts on what can be lost, and what can't be, when we share what we love. This video was produced, edited, and inspired by Seth Radley. Thanks to Pat...
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· February 17, 2018
Today we went to a book signing for the children’s story Marvellous Miss May by a Stephanie Owen Reeder. Not only was she absolutely lovely, the space had been beautifully set up for the children and ...staff were ever accommodating for having so many little people with sticky food getting about. Amazing! See More
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· August 26, 2017
The nearly a vet session with author rebecca Johnson was really well organised and lots of fun for all the budding vets who attended. Staff were lovely and helpful! Thank you
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· October 10, 2017
Gorgeous staff, beautiful atmosphere, brilliant book curation, especially the kids' books! �️
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· August 26, 2017
Nearly a Vet was an excellent event. My daughter had a wonderful time and has been practicing ever since. Thank you..
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· April 9, 2017
Way too many great books!!!! Amazing!!!! Great collection of 2nd hand books too...

Harry Hartog in Westfield Miranda is proud to host a very special edition of our monthly book club: On Wednesday April 11th at 6pm we will be joined by author Holly Ringland, who will discuss her debut novel, "The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart."

The most enchanting debut novel of 2018, this is an irresistible, deeply moving and romantic story of a young girl, daughter of an abusive father, who has to learn the hard way that she can break the patterns of the past, live on her own... terms and find her own strength. An enchanting and captivating novel, about how our untold stories haunt us - and the stories we tell ourselves in order to survive.

Holly Ringland grew up barefoot and wild in her mother's tropical garden on the east coast of Australia. Her essays and short fiction have been published in various anthologies and literary journals. She now lives between the UK and Australia. To any question ever asked of Holly about growing up, writing has always been the answer.

HarperCollins Books Australia

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The Tale of Peter Rabbit is one of the best-selling children's books of all time, written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter.

The mischievous but loveable Peter Rabbit is touring Harry Hartog and will be at Harry Hartog Green Hills on Saturday 24th of March and Sunday 25th of March for two appearances on each day: one at 10:30am and another at 2:30pm.

There will be Peter Rabbit prize packs to giveaway, including 1 x Admit 4 in season movie pass to see the film.


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Mar 24 - Mar 25Stockland Green HillsEast Maitland, NSW, Australia
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"I have noticed even people who claim everything is predestined, and that we can do nothing to change it, look before they cross the road." -- Stephen Hawking

Vale, Stephen Hawking. The world has lost a great mind and an extraordinary heart.

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"Extremists have shown what frightens them most: A girl with a book." -- Malala Yousafzai

Harry Hartog Bookseller in Macquarie Centre celebrates Women's History Month!

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Are you one of those people who visit towns only for their bookstores? Well, rejoice: here is a list of bookselling destinations from New York to Finland to South Korea that will delight every bibliophile.

Around the world, tiny towns have made bookstores their speciality.

The Man Booker International Prize, which celebrates works in translation, has released its 2018 longlist. And it's gorgeous. See anything you've enjoyed?

We adored Jenny Erpenbeck's "Go, Went, Gone," Han Kang's "The White Book" and Olga Tokarczuk's "Flights." We will be busy reading until the shortlist is announced on the 12th of April!

The Man Booker International Prize has revealed the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ of 13 novels in contention for the 2018 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world.

Looking for a short read? This is a (short) list of slim -- and excellent! - stories.

It won’t take much longer to read You Were Never Really Here than watch the new film – so it’s a good moment to celebrate the lasting joys of brevity

Joining us for our weekly Story-time Harry Hartog Bookseller Stockland Green Hills on Tuesday March 13th, is Aunty Em and Graham Davidson - the local author and Illustrator team behind Storytime Lane. They will be in store reading their book 'Betty the Yeti's Disappointing Day'. Come join us for lots of fun and activity as we explore Betty's world. The Hunter continues to be home to some fantastic literary talent and Emily and Graham's charming story about finding the colour in life will make you and your little one's day!

Click on the link to join us at Storytime Lane

The Tale of Peter Rabbit is one of the best-selling children's books of all time, written and illustrated by Beatrix Potter. The mischievous but lovable Peter Rabbit is touring Harry Hartog during March and April. For appearance locations and times please see

There will be Peter Rabbit prize packs to giveaway including 1 x Admit 4 in season movie pass to see the film.
PenguinBooks Penguin Classics Penguin Books Australia #peterrabbit #instoreappearance #beatrixpotter Westfield Warringah Mall Westfield Miranda Westfield Kotara Stockland Green Hills Macquarie Centre Narellan Town Centre

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Hear, hear! Happy International Women’s Day!

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Happy International Women’s Day! Head to your favourite local Harry Hartog shop, where you will surely find a wonderful collection of books about trailblazing women.

Who is your favourite heroine?

Looking for a way to celebrate International Women's Day? Join us and The Tea Centre at Harry Hartog Bookseller in Macquarie Centre from 10.30am for tea and delightful snacks.

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Join Harry Hartog Bookseller and The Tea Centre tomorrow for morning tea to celebrate International Women's Day. Snacks and tea will be served from 10:30am - 11:30am at Harry Hartog, Level 4. View details:

This one is for all aspiring writers. Jeff Vandermeer, bestselling author of the extraordinary Southern Reach trilogy, gives us eight invaluable writing tips:

1—The amount of time you spend writing isn’t necessarily as important as the time spent thinking about what you are going to write.

2—Reward your subconscious by capturing every snippet of an idea or scene fragment as it comes to you.


3—Train your subconscious to give you gifts.

4—Know when you are most productive and discipline yourself to do your rough-draft writing then.

5—Good habits create the conditions for your imagination to thrive.

6—Invest in a love of revision.

7—Let your novel guide you in terms of process.

8—Don’t be afraid to change your process or turn to lessons from other disciplines to jump-start your writing or see things in a new light.

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After nine novels, here’s what he’s learned about process and craft.

“It is not true that people stop pursuing dreams because they grow old, they grow old because they stop pursuing dreams."

The Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez was born on this day in 1927. He wrote over twenty five books, including One Hundred Years of Solitude; Love in the Time of Cholera; Chronicle of a Death Foretold; and Memories of My Melancholy Whores. He won the the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1982.

Do you have a favourite Márquez novel?


Photo by The Paris Review.

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