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A spotlight on The Secrets of Magnolia Moon by Edwina Wyatt

The Secrets of Magnolia Moon by Edwina Wyatt 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 delightful story.

The Secrets of Magnolia Moon is for the whimsical child in your life. A curious and irrepressible nine-year-old, Magnolia is fascinated by mythology and approaches the world with a sense of wonder tha…

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The Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist 2020

The longlist for the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced.

Martha Lane Fox, Chair of the judging panel, commented that many of the novels: “Ahead of the longlist meeting I was anxious that the negotiations between judges might be as arduous as Brexit, but it was an absolute delight to pick our final 16 books. Entries for the Prize’s 25th year have been spectacular and we revelled in…

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The ABIA Book longlists 2020

The longlists for the 2020 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced. The ABIAs celebrate the best books of the year, as judged by Australian book industry members.

The titles in each category are…

General fiction book of the year Bruny by Heather Rose Call Me Evie by J.P. Pomare Cilka’s Journey by Heather Morris Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham Peace by Garry Disher …

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan Beatrix Bakes by Natalie Paull Art Matters by Neil Gaiman & Chris Riddell Fire Country by Victor Steffensen Weather by Jenny Offill Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Grown Ups by Marian Keyes Actress by Anne Enright

Australian author Dervla McTiernan tops our list of last week’s bestselling books with …

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Dear Reader, March 2020

by Alison Huber

Vivian Pham is one of those incredibly talented and bright young people whose list of achievements at an early age will make you seriously wonder what you have been doing with your life. Case in point: Pham’s debut novel was signed by Penguin Random House two years ago when she was still at high school. Reading the final product, The Coconut Children, a story set in the late 1990s in the Vietnames…

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What we’re reading: Hing Wen, Alderton & Jones

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. Chris Gordon is reading Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

I have fallen in love with Dolly Alderton – completely head-over-heels. I want to gift Everything I Know About Love to everyone that I love – already, I have made sure that…

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The International Booker Prize longlist 2020

The International Booker Prize has revealed the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ of 13 novels in contention for this year. This Prize celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world.

Here is the full longlist:

Red Dog by Willem Anker, translated by Michiel Heyns from Afrikaans The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar, translated by an anonymous translator from Farsi …

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Books to help discuss the bushfire crisis with children

At our recent Wildlife Victoria fundraiser event, Readings children’s book specialist Angela Crocombe, chatted to Professor Harriet Hiscock, Director of Health Service Research Institute at the Royal Children’s Hospital, about how to use stories to talk to kids about this summer’s bushfires. Here, are some of our best recommendations for books can help start conversations about this topic.

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We test out recipes from Beatrix Bakes

Today we tested out a selection of recipes from Beatrix Bakes, the first cookbook from Natalie Paull, owner and chef of Melbourne’s iconic Beatrix cafe and cake shop! And Natalie herself came in to select the best one. Below are the results… Bronte Coates made ‘Espresso Mashmallow’ (pg. 156):

I was recently (and very generously) gifted a stand mixer and so I wanted to pick a recipe where I …

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