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Six fantastic new picture books

by Leanne Hall

There has been a wave of gorgeously-illustrated and skilfully-written picture books this month. Picture books are often viewed as solely for young audiences, but many are objects of art that can be enjoyed by all ages. Here are six new picture books that can be appreciated by young and old. Our Little Inventor by Sher Rill Ng

Enter a fantastical steampunk world in Australian author-illustr…

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Books to get lost in: Fiction and non-fiction with a strong sense of place

As the year doggedly grinds its way round its first quarter, and the quiet chill of winter settles over your shoulders, you may find yourself sitting at your desk or in your car, chasing that elusive dream of the next day trip or holiday. For anyone feeling the chill of the longer nights, these books offer a rich sense of place that will transport you to a variety of vividly realised countries, c…

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The ABIA Book shortlists 2019

The Australian Book Industry Awards Academy has announced the ABIA Book shortlists for 2019.

Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators, narrators, and publishers.

General fiction book of the year Scrublands by Chris Hammer The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland The Nowhere Child by Christian White The Ruin by Dervla McTiernan The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris Lit…

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The Man Booker International Prize shortlist 2019

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

Here is the shortlist in full:

Celestial Bodies by Jokha Alharthi (Oman), translated by Marilyn Booth The Years by Annie Ernaux (France), translated by Alison L. Strayer The Pine Islands by Marion Poschmann (Germany), translated by Jen Calleja Drive Your Plow Over the Bones of

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A spotlight on Ottilie Colter and the Narroway Hunt

Ottilie Colter and the Narroway Hunt 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 thrilling high-stakes fantasy.

When Ottilie’s younger brother is taken by the Pickers, she disguises herself as a boy to rescue him. She soon finds herself at an elite training school for hunters, in the mysterious in-between wo…

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We’re launching a kids book club at Readings Doncaster

Readings Doncaster is excited to announce the launch of its first ever Middle Fiction Book Club!

The Middle Fiction Book Club’s goal is to introduce children to a diverse range of amazing books of different genres, hand-picked by our Readings staff and the book club members themselves. We hope to facilitate conversation, encourage community and to get creative.

The Book Club is aimed at childr…

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Vicki Laveau-Harvie wins the 2019 Stella Prize

The winner of this year’s Stella Prize is The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie.

The Erratics is an intensely gripping, yet black-humoured family memoir, which follows Laveau-Harvie as she is summoned to her estranged parents' isolated ranch home in Canada after her elderly mother is unexpectedly hospitalised. Upon her arrival, she is horrified by the neglect she discovers. What ensues is a power …

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Special offers at Readings in April

Throughout the month of April, we have three special offers to tempt both book and music lovers. 3 for 2 sale on Ian McEwan books

To the celebrate the release of Ian McEwan’s new book, Machines Like Us, on 16 April, we have are running a month-long special offer on a select range of McEwan’s books.

Buy two books, and choose a third book in the range (of equal or lesser value) for free! Th…

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Our children’s & YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

Wilam: A Birrarung Story by Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly & Lisa Kennedy Welcome to Country by Aunty Joy Murphy & Lisa Kennedy Hopping Weird (Weirdo Book 12) by Anh Do All the Ways to Be Smart by Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys Fing by David Walliams & Tony Ross Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina Make Believe: M.C. Escher for Kids by Kate Ryan & Cally Bennett Where’

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Our favourite Stella Prize discoveries

In the seven years since it launched, the Stella Prize has exposed Australian readers to a wide variety of books through their annual longlists and shortlists – from novellas to short stories, dystopian speculative fiction to young adult novels. In this post, our booksellers share some of their favourite books that they discovered through the Stella Prize. An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen…

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