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What we’re reading: Hannah Kent, Rainbow Rowell and Ali Smith

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on or the music we’re loving. Amy Vuleta is reading Autumn by Ali Smith

I’ve just picked up this latest novel from Ali Smith. I read and loved How to be Both last year, and had a number of full, very rich discussions about the book with two of the book club groups I host a…

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We test out recipes from Grown & Gathered

Earlier this week we roadtested six different recipes from Grown & Gathered – a gorgeous new how-to book from Matt and Lentil Pubrick all about growing, gathering, nurturing and cooking your own food. Matt and Lentil came by to share our dishes with us, and select the best one. Here are the results… Stella Charls made Caponata (pg. 284):

I love chopping fresh tomatoes. It makes me feel l…

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Beloved classics, continued posthumously

by Lian Hingee

Gone are the days when the death of a favourite author meant that readers had to farewell beloved characters and resign themselves to a future of re-reading. Here is a collection of lost manuscripts and authorised sequels that continue the stories of much-loved literary characters after the author’s death. The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots by Beatrix Potter with illustrations by Quentin Blake


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Ideas for spooky (and not so spooky) Halloween fun

It’s almost Halloween and for all you naysayers out there, here’s a timely reminder of why we love this holiday!

1. Lots of kids love the giddy thrill of being scared, and Halloween really is the best time for spooky fun.

2. Halloween, which is thought to have originated with the ancient Celtic festival of Samhain, is a holiday with a long history of fascinating stories and strange traditions to …

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Guardian children’s fiction prize shortlist 2016

The shortlist for this year’s Guardian children’s fiction prize has been announced. Congratulations to UK authors Tanya Landman and Alex Wheatle, US author Brian Selznick and Melbourne’s own – Zana Fraillon!

The four books on this year’s shortlist will transport young readers all over the world, and across time.

Tanya Landman’s Hell and High Water is a heart-stopping tale of a young man’s attem…

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Baillie Gifford Prize shortlist 2016

The £30,000 Baillie Gifford prize (formerly known as the Samuel Johnson prize) is the UK’s most prestigious award for nonfiction writing.

This year’s shortlist includes books from Belarusian writer and Nobel Prize winner Svetlana Alexievich, Pulitzer Prize-winning cultural critic Margo Jefferson, Franco-British lawyer Philippe Sands, QC, and Libyan writer Hisham Matar.

Chair of Judges Stephanie…

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Zoë Morrison wins the 2016 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction

The winner of The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction in 2016 is Music and Freedom by Zoë Morrison.

The Readings Prize was launched in 2014, with the aim of supporting new and emerging Australian authors. It is unique in the Australian literary prize landscape as it is the only significant prize to be managed entirely by a bookshop, and it considers both first and second works of fiction …

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Our top ten bestsellers of the week

The Good People by Hannah Kent Fight Like a Girl by Clementine Ford The Boy Behind the Curtain by Tim Winton The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben The Girl on the Train (film tie-in edition) by Paula Hawkins Who Gave You Permission? by Manny Waks with Michael Visontay Born to Run by Bruce Springsteen Conclave by Robert Harris Black Rock White City by A.S. Patrić Neighbourhood by Hetty McKi…

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Why you should read the entire Readings Prize shortlist

This year’s shortlist for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction features six impressive first and second works of fiction from emerging Australian authors. Here’s why we think you should read every single one… Here’s why you should read Portable Curiosities

1. Portable Curiosities is a bold, wildly imaginative story collection.
2. This book is very, very funny.
3. As well as being en…

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