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What we’re reading: Shigeru Mizuki, Marie Lu & Carmen Maria Machado

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. Lian Hingee is reading Her Body and Other Parties by Carmen Maria Machado

Like several of my workmates I recently dived headfirst into Carmen Maria Machado’s debut book, which is due to hit our shelves in February. This collection of short stories sits in the …

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Download a pattern from Really Cross Stitch

We’re thrilled to be hosting a craftivism workshop with artist Rayna Fahey on International Women’s Day (Thursday, 8 March).

Fahey is the author of Really Cross Stitch – a book for when you just want to stab something a lot. During the workshop, she will demonstrate how to create your very own cross-stitch statement to celebrate International Women’s Day.

The workshop is suitable for beginner…

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Popular TV shows matched to books

by Lian Hingee

Digital marketing manager Lian Hingee shares book recommendations for fans of popular TV shows. If you love Game of Thrones

The HBO TV series of Game of Thrones has introduced millions of readers to George R.R. Martin’s novels. If you’ve already read all of the books in the A Song of Ice and Fire series, then grab a copy of The Name of the Wind. This wonderfully-written novel charts the ea…

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Finalists for National Book Critics Circle Awards 2017

The finalists for the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) awards have been announced. The NBCC honours outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature.

Here is the complete list of NBCC Award finalists for the publishing year 2017:

Fiction Exit West by Mohsin Hamid The Ninth Hour by Alice McDermott The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati R…

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

La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust Book 1) by Philip Pullman Dog Man and Cat Kid (The Adventures of Dog Man Book 4) by Dav Pilkey Wonder by R.J. Palacio No One Likes a Fart by Zoë Foster Blake and Adam Nickel Bad Dad by David Walliams and Tony Ross Never Fear (Friday Barnes Book 8) by R.A. Spratt Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo One Of Us Is Lying by Kare…

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What we’re reading: Mick McCoy, Anita Brookner & Carlo Rovelli

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. George Delaney is reading Look At Me by Anita Brookner

I was intrigued by the premise of Anita Brookner’s Look At Me. It reminded me of Sally Rooney’s brilliant Conversations with Friends – the two books centre on a young woman named Frances who is dazzled and…

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How do booksellers organise their bookshelves

The myriad of ways that people organise their bookshelves is a much-discussed topic, and rightfully so! Here, some of our booksellers share the methods they use.

‘In my house, I have two big bookshelves arranged by colour (white at the top, moving down through yellows, pinks and reds, greens, blues then black). I tend to remember covers, so it makes for a surprisingly quick and easy way to fin…

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10 empowering books for raising young activists

With so many deep worries around the world, it’s important to nourish hope so that we can continue to advocate for a better future. Without hope, it’s easy to stop believing that this is possible, or start to feel that our actions are futile. Children and teenagers, already living in an adult world, are definitely susceptible to feeling the latter.

So here are 10 empowering stories for young peo…

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What our Teen Advisory Board have been reading over summer

The summer holidays are a perfect time for bookworms and over the last few weeks, the teenagers on our Teen Advisory Board have been very busy reading through some new and forthcoming young adult novels. Find out what they’ve been reading below. Everless by Sara Holland

‘In the futuristic Kingdom of Sempera, time is extracted from people and bound to blood iron coins as money. As time is ta…

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