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11 crime novels to read in March

by Kate McIntosh

Our acting crime columnist Kate McIntosh recommends Dervla McTiernan’s latest and third novel, and ten more crime fiction reads out this month.

The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan

The Rúin, the novel which introduced us to Cormac Reilly, an Irish detective transferred to Galway and handed a cold case which leads him to unexpected places, was my standout crime novel of 2018. The Scholar, rele…

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The Walter Scott Prize longlist 2020

The longlist for the 2020 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction has been announced.

Honouring the achievements of the founding father of the historical novel, the Walter Scott Prize is unique for rewarding writing of exceptional quality which is set in the past – at least 60 years ago.

The full longlist is:

The Narrow Land by Christine Dwyer Hickey The Parisian by Isabella Hammad How We

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A spotlight on Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai

Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai 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 moving novel that incorporates comics in its exploration of grief and immigration.

Pie in the Sky is a fresh, clever and moving story with moments of real heartbreak and humour. The characters are relatable, the family relationships are…

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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 The Watermill by Arnold Zable Beatrix Bakes by Natalie Paull Growing Pineapples in the Outback by Tony Kelly & Rebecca Lister Party Animals by Samantha Maiden The Salt Madonna by Catherine Noske Trace Elements by Donna Leon She I Dare Not Name by Donna Ward Truganini by Cassandra Pybus

It’s a surprise to no one at all …

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The Stella Prize shortlist 2020

Congratulations to the six authors shortlisted for this year’s Stella Prize. This $50,000 prize is awarded for the best work of literature, fiction or non-fiction, published in 2019 by an Australian woman.

Louise Swinn, Chair of the judging panel, said: ‘The six books on this year’s shortlist are all outward-looking, and they tell stories – of illness, family life, friendship, domestic abuse, an…

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What we’re reading: Collins, Onda & Hardcastle

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. Ellen Cregan is reading The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

The Confessions of Frannie Langton was one of the winning books in this year’s Costa Book Awards. This is a big, intelligent bildungsroman-esque novel set in 1826 Londo…

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Recommended kids books, news & events for March

by Leanne Hall

This month in children’s books we have inventive historical fiction, Pippi Longstocking’s successor, atmospheric fantasy novels and intriguing mysteries galore. Find our March picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH The Ghost of Howlers Beach by Jackie French

Butter O'Bryan lives in a small but comfortable castle with his father and three aunts. When a scruffy three-legged dog d…

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Recommended YA books & news for March

by Leanne Hall

This month we have atmospheric fantasy novels with unique settings, heartfelt contemporary YA and a sprinkling of romance. Find our March picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH

Our YA book of the month is Astrid Scholte’s The Vanishing Deep – a standalone fantasy murder mystery set in a flooded post-climate change world.

When seventeen-year-old Tempest’s older sister Elysea my…

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Five cookbooks to inspire you in the kitchen in March

by Chris Gordon

Our monthly food and gardening columnist selects five new cookbooks to inspire you at home this month. Beatrix Bakes by Natalie Paull

Yes, yes, I know how much you love a light, fluffy sponge and marshmallows dipped in pure chocolate. The importance of sweet food in our daily grind should never, ever be underestimated. Beatrix Bakes is a beautifully presented guide, not for the faint-hearted,…

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