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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For a thoughtful discussion about the lives of women and hidden family secrets… Invented Lives by Andrea Goldsmith

It is the mid-1980s and 24-year-old Jewish book illustrator Galina Kogan and her mother leave Leningrad, leaving behind a tumultuous Soviet Bloc to make a new life in Melbourne, Australia. As Galina confronts the cultural differences of Melbourne life and the expectations placed …

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The International Dublin Literary Award shortlist 2019

Congratulations to the 10 authors shortlisted for this year’s International Dublin Literary Award.

Sponsored by Dublin City Council and managed by Dublin City Libraries, the International Dublin Literary Award aims to promote excellence in world literature and is presented annually for a novel written in English or translated into English.

Here is the full shortlist:

Compass by Mathias Énard …

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YA books, events & news for April

This month we’re excited about a wonderful guide for resilient teens, surreal and quirky stories, hard-hitting contemporary fiction and a cross-cultural coming-of-age story. Find our April picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH Good Selfie: Tips & Tools for Teens to Nail Life by Turia Pitt & Freda Chiu

Motivational speaker, athlete and burns survivor Turia Pitt has written a gu…

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Kids books, events & news for April

We have some truly gorgeous picture books for you this month, along with a wacky junior graphic novel and a nail-biting survival adventure. Find our April picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH Wilam: A Birrarung Story by Aunty Joy Murphy, Lisa Kennedy & Andrew Kelly

Indigenous creators Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy collaborated on the Readings favourite, Welcome to Country

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20% off vinyl this April

As we count down the sleeps to Record Store Day on Saturday 13 April, Readings is celebrating all month long, with 20% off full-price vinyl.

Handpicked by our music specialists, our vinyl collection includes old favourites alongside exciting new releases. Discover new releases here, or find out what our staff are listening to here.

If you’re building your own collection from scratch, you might …

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A spotlight on The Peacock Detectives

The Peacock Detectives 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 quirky and warm mystery about family and friendship.

‘When Cassie’s neighbours ask her to look for their missing peacocks, William Shakespeare and Virginia, she eagerly takes the case. But the search takes some unexpected turns, and leads her…

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The best new crime reads in April

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH Eight Lives by Susan Hurley

When a young Vietnamese-Australian doctor makes a medical breakthrough, inventing a drug that could essentially help broken immune systems fix themselves, everything seems as golden as the name bestowed upon him: David Tran, Golden Boy. But seven months after David appears on television, celebrating the financial backing that will lead to …

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The Walter Scott Prize shortlist 2019

The shortlist for the 2019 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction has been announced.

The six shortlisted books are:

A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey After the Party by Cressida Connolly The Western Wind by Samantha Harvey Now We Shall Be Entirely Free by Andrew Miller Warlight by Michael Ondaatje The Long Take by Robin Robertson

The 2019 judges commented: ‘From the dark edges of c…

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The International Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist 2019

The shortlist for this year’s International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced.

The six shortlisted titles are…

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Folk by Zoe Gilbert In Our Mad and Furious City by Guy Gunaratne Trinity by Louisa Hall Melmoth by Sarah Perry House of Stone by Novuyo Rosa Tshuma

Professor Dai Smith CBE of Swansea University, chair of the judges said: ‘Yet again the [p…

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Read an extract from Raising Readers by Megan Daley

by Megan Daley

Award-winning teacher librarian Megan Daley’s Raising Readers: How to Nurture a Child’s Love of Books is an essential guide for any parent or educator who wants to help the children in their lives fall in love with books. You can read an edited extract from the book below. CHAPTER TWO: READING AND SCHOOL – WHEN IT ALL COMES TOGETHER The mechanics of reading – where to begin?

If I have not…

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