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Maggie O'Farrell wins the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020

Irish-British novelist Maggie O'Farrell has won the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction for Hamnet, a fictionalised imagining of the death of William Shakespeare’s 11-year-old son.

A stunning portrait of bereavement and a richly-detailed glimpse into 16th century England, Hamnet is a story of the bond between twins, and of a marriage pushed to the brink. It is also the story of a kestrel and its mis…

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Enter our Readings Jigsaw Puzzle competition

We have a brand new version of our popular Readings Jigsaw Puzzle in stock, available now from our shops and online.

Featuring a beautiful picture taken by Melbourne photographer Chris Middleton from inside our Carlton store, this intricate 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle shows a selection of Australian fiction titles and offers hours of entertainment.

To celebrate our puzzle’s release, we’re offering…

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What we’re reading: Cline, Gifford & Stayman-London

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. Lian Hingee is reading One To Watch by Kate Stayman-London

I’ve just finished reading One To Watch by Kate Stayman-London about a plus-size fashion blogger who becomes the new love interest in a Bachelor-esque TV show called The Main Squeeze.…

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Winners of the Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2020

The Wilderness Society has revealed the winners of this year’s Environment Award for Children’s Literature. This award is presented annually to fiction and nonfiction books that ‘foster a love of wild places and wildlife in young Australians’ and ‘encourage a sense of responsibility for our natural world’.

Here are the winners for all three categories…

Picture Fiction One Careless Night by…

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The Baillie Gifford Prize longlist 2020

The £50,000 Baillie Gifford Prize is the UK’s most prestigious award for nonfiction writing. This year’s longlist features a diverse list of topics. Two former winners are listed – Barbara Demick and , as well as the youngest ever author in prize history to be longlisted – 16-year old activist and autism advocate Dara McAnulty.

The titles on the 2020 longlist are:

One Two Three Four by Craig B…

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Dear Reader, September 2020

by Alison Huber

If, after six weeks at home during Stage 4 restrictions, you’ve been staring at your shelves thinking, ‘I’ve read all these’, then have I got some great news for you. September is usually the month that gets me prepping for the Christmas season, with lots of the biggest books of the year due in store. This September is bigger than ever, full of books readers are waiting for, some of them delayed …

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Recommended YA books, news & events for September

by Leanne Hall

This month in young adult books we have heart-pounding fantasy, a chilling crime thriller, and contemporary teen stories that address vital issues. Find our September picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH

The Other Side of the Sky by Amie Kaufman & Meagan Spooner

Prince North’s home is Alciel, a gleaming city in the sky, held aloft by intricate unknown technology. But North b…

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Recommended kids books, news & resources for September

by Leanne Hall

This month in kids books we have wolves and weddings, a musical mystery, a jetsetting adventure, a reassuring book about bushfires, an Australian classic adapted for younger readers and a spooky friendship. Find our September picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

How to Write the Soundtrack to Your Life by Fiona Hardy

Murphy Parker is going to be a songwriter. If she can summ…

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Three new cookbooks for the home kitchen

by Chris Gordon

This month, our food and gardening columnist is recommending two delicious new cookbooks, and one impressive ‘beverage bible’. Ottolenghi FLAVOUR by Yotam Ottolenghi & Ixta Belfrage

Yotam Ottolenghi has become associated with certain flavours. We might say at a meal, ‘This is an Ottolenghi- inspired recipe.’ By that we might mean we are serving chickpeas with toasted sesame seeds, or a meal…

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