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10 international guests to see at Melbourne Writers Festival 2018

Here are 10 international guests appearing at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF). You can find the full program for the 2018 Melbourne Writers Festival here. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 20 July. Irvine Welsh

Irvine Welsh was born in Edinburgh. He is the author of 12 novels including the international bestseller Trainspotting and its sequel Porno, both adapted into iconic …

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An update on renovations at Readings Carlton

The renovation of our Carlton shop is coming along, and we’re excited that we’ll soon be able to reveal the new look to our customers!

We’re currently scheduled to re-open Readings Carlton to the public on Thursday 26 July, 2018.

Please note that this date is subject to change, so do keep an eye on our website and social media for any updates. The best way to stay informed of any new developme…

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The National Biography Award shortlist 2018

The State Library of New South Wales (SLNSW) has announced this year’s shortlist for the $25,000 National Biography Award.

This Award is presented annually to a published work of biographical or autobiographical writing aiming to promote public interest in these genres.

The shortlisted titles for 2018 include:

The Boy Behind the Curtain by Tim Winton Writing for Raksmey: A Story of Cambodia b…

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Michael Ondaatje wins the Golden Man Booker Prize

Michael Ondaatje has been named the winner of the Golden Man Booker Prize for his novel, The English Patient.

The special one-off award celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker Prize, and is awarded to the ‘best work of fiction from the last five decades of the prize’. A shortlist of five novels was selected by a panel of five judges, each one representing a decade of the prize, and the…

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The Ned Kelly Awards longlists 2018

The Australian Crime Writers Association has announced the 2018 longlists for the Ned Kelly Awards for the best in Australian crime writing.

Here are the books longlisted for each category:

Best Fiction Marlborough Man by Alan Carter Under the Cold Bright Lights by Garry Disher Redemption Point by Candice Fox The Lone Child by Anna George Crossing the Lines by Sulari Gentill Class Act by Ged …

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The Davitt Awards shortlists 2018

Sisters in Crime has announced a shortlist of 27 books for its 18th Davitt Awards for best crime books by Australian women – six adult novels, three YA novels, four children’s novels, four non-fiction books and 10 debut books.

Here are the shortlisted books in each category:

Adult novels The Dark Lake by Sarah Bailey The Hidden Hours by Sara Foster Crimson Lake by Candice Fox Crossing the Lin

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The Wainwright Golden Beer Prize shortlist 2018

The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize is awarded annually to the book which most successfully reflects the ethos of renowned nature writer Alfred Wainwright’s work, to inspire readers to explore the outdoors and to nurture a respect for the natural world. Congratulations to the authors shortlisted in 2018!

Here is the full 2018 shortlist:

The Last Wilderness by Neil Ansell Hidden Nature by Aly…

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Australian books to get excited about in the second half of 2018

Here’s a preview of some of the most exciting local releases for the second half of 2018. FICTION The Peacock Summer by Hannah Richell (July) The Coves by David Whish-Wilson (July) A Month of Sundays by Liz Byrski (July) The Far-Back Country by Kate Lyons (July) We See the Stars by Kate Van Hooft (July) When Elephants Fight by Majok Tulba (July) Under Your Wings by Tiffany Tsao (July) Capt

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The Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist 2018

Congratulations to the authors shortlisted for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award.

The six shortlisted titles include:

No More Boats by Felicity Castagna (Read our review) The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser (Read our review) The Last Garden by Eva Hornung (Read our review) Storyland by Catherine McKinnon Border Districts by Gerald Murnane (Read our review) Taboo by Kim Scott (Read

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The Wainwright Golden Beer Prize longlist 2018

The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize is awarded annually to the book which most successfully reflects the ethos of renowned nature writer Alfred Wainwright’s work, to inspire readers to explore the outdoors and to nurture a respect for the natural world.

This year’s longlist features a children’s book for the first time and a book by two-time Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize winner John Lewis-…

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