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Martin Shaw on literary prizes

Suddenly, it’s the end of the year and time for lots of bookish gift-giving! To help you in that regard, we’ve created a number of top ten lists in various categories from a rather wonderful year of new releases. (Find these lists here.)

Of course, these lists are intended just as much to help you with gifts to yourself, as the prospect of summer…

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Four addictive literary series to read over summer

Sometimes one book just isn’t enough! Readings staff share the series they love. Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante (translated by Ann Goldstein)

There are four novels in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series (the last of which will be published in 2015) but together the works read like one long master take.

Elena and Lila grow up in a nei…

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Christmas Gift Guide: What To Buy For Hard-To-Buy-For Children and Teenagers

For a voracious reader who ploughs through everything…

Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire ($24.95): A rich and layered fantasy set in Tsarist Russia. Told with wry humour, this is the story of a girl from the impoverished countryside who accidentally swaps places with the daughter of a wealthy noble family.

Song For a Scarlet Runner by Julie H…

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