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Richard Powers wins the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Richard Powers has won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel, The Overstory.

An artist inherits a hundred years of photographic portraits, all of the same doomed American chestnut. A hard-partying undergraduate in the late 1980s electrocutes herself, dies, and is sent back into life by creatures of air and light. A hearing- and speech-impaired scientist discovers that trees are commu…

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Q&A with Readings Children’s Book Prize winner Carly Nugent

We sat down with the Carly Nugent – author of the 2019 Readings Children’s Book Prize winner The Peacock Detectives – to talk about what makes a good mystery, what inspired her book and what she’s been reading.

Congratulations on winning the Readings Children’s Book Prize! Can you tell us a bit about why you wanted to write this story? Has the book been with you for a while?

Thank you! It’s s…

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What we’re reading: McLean, Kerr and Perlman

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Chris Gordon is reading The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean

Last week I read the wonderful The Van Apfel Girls Are Gone by Felicity McLean. This is an atmospheric read about a summer in 1992 when three girls disappear from a small Australian town.…

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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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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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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 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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