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Recommended kids books, news & resources for April

by Leanne Hall

This month we have a gorgeous crafty Easter book, a picture book to bring a smile to your face and heartfelt middle grade fiction. Find our April picks for YA books here. FIVE KIDS BOOKS TO READ THIS MONTH Beautiful Eggs by Alice Lindstrom

Learn all about egg decorating traditions from around in the world in this big and gorgeous board book. Kids can travel to Latvia, Czech Republic, Gr…

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Recommended YA books, news & resources for April

by Leanne Hall

This month we have oodles of exciting new Australian YA fiction and a unique Shakespearean read from a well-known British poet. Find our April picks for kids books here. FIVE YA BOOKS TO READ THIS MONTH Deep Water by Sarah Epstein

Three months ago, 13-year-old Henry disappeared from The Shallows, a small rural Australian town, during a violent storm, leaving behind his muddy bike at the…

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Chris Gordon’s self-isolation cooking diary: Week 3

by Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon is our events and programming manager extraordinaire, as well as our monthly food and gardening columnist. Here is the latest instalment of her self-isolation cooking diary.

I want to begin this record by describing my recent odyssey to purchase ingredients to bake my very own hot cross buns.

First, I travelled by foot and with great cheer to my local independent supermarket, onl…

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At Home with Chris Gordon, April 2020

by Chris Gordon

Our food and gardening columnist recommends three food and gardening books to enjoy this month. An Australian Garden by Philip Cox

We should all understand the importance of maintaining indigenous Australian landscapes and gardens. Renowned architect Philip Cox always considered this vital and so some forty years ago purchased eighty hectares on the south coast of NSW as a private retreat a…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Falastin by Sami Tamimi & Tara Wigley Phosphorescence by Julia Baird The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel The Animals in That Country by Laura Jean McKay Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan Weather by Jenny Offill The Loudness of Unsaid Things by Hilde Hinton

Our bes…

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Deb’s isolation blues recommendations

by Deborah Crabtree

Deborah Crabtree is a bookseller at our Carlton shop, as well as the co-host of our crime books focussed podcast, Good Cop Bad Cop. Here, she shares what she’s reading during self-isolation.

As life in isolation is set to become the new normal for a while – I’ve been doing it for several weeks now - one thing it offers is a lot of down time, some writing and a whole lot of reading. As I can’t …

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The best new releases in April

by Elke Power

Our Readings Monthly Editor Elke Power shares the best new books to look out for this month, including a gorgeous cookbook, some fantastic debut fiction, and highly anticipated new titles from blockbuster authors Anne Tyler, Maggie O’Farrell and N.K. Jemisin – and much more.

While we all adapt to the grim reality of this historic time, there is, as ever – perhaps more than ever – comfort, dist…

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What we’re reading & recommending during self-isolation

Recommendations from our customers

Last week saw us announce a change to our regular ‘What We’re Reading’ column. In short, we’re currently asking for recommendations from our customers as well as staff.

We got so many wonderful responses this past week.

Michael Wildenauer is getting stuck into Capital and Ideology, which he predicts will keep him going for a while. (We concur!) A radio interv…

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The International Booker Prize shortlist 2020

Congratulations to the authors, translators and publishers shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker International Prize.

Here is the shortlist in full:

The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar (translated by an anonymous translator from Farsi) The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara (translated by Iona Macintyre and Fiona Mackintosh from Spanish) Tyll by Daniel K…

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