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30 literary prize winners to read these holidays

Love them or hate them – literary prizes are a great way to find books that have struck a chord with a panel of engaged and passionate readers. Here is a list of 30 literary prize winners from the past year for you to add to your TBR piles…

The Yield by Tara June Winch

Winner of the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2020

Knowing that he will soon die, Albert ‘Poppy’ Gondiwindi takes pen to pa…

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What we’re reading: Disher, Papertalk Green & French

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. Mark Rubbo is reading Consolation by Garry Disher

For a bit of escapism, I’ve been reading the new crime novel from Garry Disher. Consolation is the third in his series featuring Constable Paul Hirschhausen as he investigates crimes in the du…

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The Small Press Network Book of the Year Award shortlist 2020

Earlier this year the Small Press Network announced a new, annual award to be known as the Small Press Network Book of the Year Award. This year’s inaugural shortlist has just been revealed.

The 2020 shortlist includes…

blur by the by Cham Zhi Yi Forgotten Corners: Essays in Search of an Island’s Soul by Pete Hay The Subjects by Sarah Hopkins When One Person Dies The Whole World Is Over by Man…

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Anti-Christmas reads for Grinches

Christmas is less than a month away, but it’s not the season to be jolly for everyone. Here are our recommendations for those people who’d rather go hide under a rock than crack out the tinsel. Evil Geniuses by Kurt Andersen

As the social liberation of the 1960s finally ended in the chaos of Vietnam and Watergate, a faction of right-wing economic radicals were waiting, determined to claw ba…

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Attica Locke wins the Staunch Book Prize 2020

Congratulations to Attica Locke who has been named this year’s winner of the Staunch Book Prize for her latest novel, Heaven, My Home.

A gorgeously written and haunting work southern gothic crime that simmers with racial tensions, Heaven, My Home is part police-procedural and part family drama. Ranger Darren Mathews is part of a team investigating the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas. His superiors ho…

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The Costa Book Awards shortlists 2020

The Costa Book Awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. There are five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – with one of the five winners chosen as Book of the Year.

Below is the full list of shortlistees in each category.

Best First novel

Big Girl, Small Town by Michelle Gallen The Family T

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Our favourite smart summer reads of 2020

If you need something smart and more-ish to read in the warmer months, here are some of our best recommendations for smart summer reads of this year.

Earthlings by Sayaka Murata (translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori)

If you aren’t afraid of confronting and taboo, then the new novel from the author of the cult hit Convenience Store Woman could be your ideal summer read. Natsuki lives a quiet…

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Books & games to keep the kids busy during the holidays

Christmas is going to be a little different this year, but we think some things are still guaranteed – good food and good company (in whatever form it takes) … and little ones that need to be kept busy. Here are some of our favourite books and games to keep kids of all ages entertained during the festive season. BUSY BABIES, TODDLERS & PRESCHOOLERS

Whose Bones? by Chihiro Takeuchi – Gu…

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