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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens The Weekend by Charlotte Wood Capital and Ideology by Thomas Piketty (translated by Arthur Goldhammer) Weather by Jenny Offill Trace Elements by Donna Leon Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Our bestsellers this week are…

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Literary crime novels to get under your skin

Here we share eight of our best picks for literary crime crossover reads – from exciting recent releases, to established staff favourites, to must-read classics that we recommend again and again. Will and Testament by Vigdis Hjorth (translated by Charlotte Barslund)

When a dispute over her parents' will grows bitter, Bergljot is drawn back into the orbit of the family she fled twenty years …

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What we’re reading to combat coronavirus anxiety

Instead of our usual ‘What We’re Reading’ column this week, we asked our booksellers what books they were reading and recommending to combat coronavirus anxiety. Here’s what they said.

“I am managing my anxiety by taking myself to another world completely with Sarah J Maas’s first adult fantasy novel (she’s written a bazillion YA novels), House of Earth and Blood. Set in a complex world where …

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The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals shortlists 2020

The shortlists for the 2020 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced.

The Carnegie Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people.

Here are the shortlisted books for the 2020 Carnegie Medal:

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta, illustrated by Anshika Khullar Nowhere on Earth by Nick Lake Lark by Anthony McGowa…

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Translated fiction to read this month

If you’re looking to read more works in translation this year, we’ve compiled a list of 12 new works of fiction that bring you voices from around the world. Hurricane Season by Fernanda Melchor (translated by Sophie Hughes)

The Witch is dead. After a group of children playing in the murky waters of the irrigation canals discover her decomposing corpse, the village is rife with rumours and s…

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A spotlight on Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery by Renée Treml

Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery by Renée Treml is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. Here’s everything you need to know about this unique graphic novel.

Sherlock Bones and the Natural History Mystery is a funny, quirky mystery. With lots of natural history facts scattered throughout, there’s plenty to learn within this graphic nov…

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Bookseller raves about Jenny Offill’s new novel

The long-awaited new novel from author Jenny Offill, Weather, has arrived in-store this month and we’re already sure it’s going to be one of the best books of 2020. Our booksellers share why they love it here.

“Jenny Offill is a writer of our time. Her insights are luminous and startlingly familiar, her style effortless. I loved this book, I only wish there was more of it! Weather is sure to b…

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Books from our cancelled events in March & April

Earlier this week, we made the upsetting but ultimately necessary decision to cancel all Readings events (up until 30 April) due to the coronavirus health crisis. However, we don’t want that to deter people from celebrating, buying, reading and discussing the books that are being released in the next two months. Below is a round-up of all of the exciting fiction, non-fiction, memoir, cookbooks, …

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Our favourite worlds in middle grade fantasy

by Leanne Hall

One of the joys of reading fantasy is being transported to other worlds that are breathtakingly different – and fascinatingly similar – to the our own regular human world. Here are some favourite books for children that take us to places strange and wonderful. All these picks are suitable for ages 9 to 12.

Dragon’s Green by Scarlett Thomas

The first book in Scarlett Thomas’s amazing World

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