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Bram Presser wins the Voss Literary Prize 2018

Bram Presser has been named the winner of the 2018 Voss Literary Prize for his debut novel, The Book of Dirt.

The Book of Dirt is a spellbinding novelisation of one family’s tale of Holocaust survival, and a heart-warming story about a grandson’s devotion to the power of storytelling and his family’s legacy.

In his review, St Kilda bookseller Dave Little writes: ‘Works such as this give us the …

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The Indie Book Awards longlists 2019

Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators and publishers longlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2019!

Each year, independent booksellers from around the nation get together and vote for their favourite titles in six different categories, as well as their favourite book overall. Here are the longlistees for each category.

Fiction The Lost Man by Jane Harper The Fragments by Toni Jordan Ni

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Translated fiction we loved in 2018

Our staff share some of their favourite translated fiction from the past year.

‘I loved Clarice Lispector’s Complete stories. Lispector is a well known Brazilian writer, who did most of her work from the early 40s through to the mid 70s. She has such a complex, unusual imagination, and her stories are complete little worlds you fall into. Highly recommended.’

Britt Munro

‘Qiu Miaojin’s …

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The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards winners 2018

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian literature and history makes to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life.

Congratulations to the 2018 winners for each category.

Fiction winner:
Border Districts by Gerald Murnane

Poetry winner:
Blindness and Rage by Brian Castro

Non-fiction winner:
Asia’s Reckoning

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Graphic novels & comics we loved in 2018

Our staff share some of their favourite comics and graphic novels from the past year.

‘Lisa Hanawalt’s Coyote Doggirl is a surreal western that is fierce, silly and kind of bleak. So funny, and lots of swearing and beautiful colours too! I also loved Aminder Dhaliwal’s Woman World. Set in a future world where men are extinct, this cleverly crafted story is filled with heart-warming and absolut…

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The best books for keeping the kids busy during the holidays

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. If you need the kids to entertain themselves for a few hours, here are our best suggestions for books that will keep them absorbed and (we hope) quiet. KEEP BABIES, TODDLERS & PRESCHOOLERS BUSY Listen to the Music from Around the World – There are six cutely illustrated scenes, si…

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

The Ice Monster by David Walliams & Tony Ross The Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 13) by Jeff Kinney Lenny’s Book of Everything by Karen Foxlee Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor Book 2) by Jessica Townsend Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor Book 1) by Jessica Townsend The Tales of Mr Walker by Jess Black & Sara Acton Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan Tr

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Becoming by Michelle Obama The Lost Man by Jane Harper Ottolenghi SIMPLE by Yotam Ottolenghi Monkey Grip by Helen Garner Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales The Children’s Bach by Helen Garner The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper Dear Santa edited by Samuel Johnson Milkman by Anna Burns Normal People by Sally Rooney

Please note: This list doesn’t include sales from our 12 Days of Christmas Special Offers.

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Our staff share their Summer reading stacks

Summer officially kicks off tomorrow and we’re excited as it’s the perfect time for catching up on our reading! Our booksellers share what’s on their TBR piles right now. Sharon Peterson, manager at Readings St Kilda Made in Scotland by Billy Connolly The Year of the Farmer by Rosalie Ham Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton The Spotted Dog by Kerry Greenwood The Fragments by Toni Jordan …

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Our customers' favourite books, music, film & TV of 2018

This year we again invited our customers to vote for their favourite books, music, film and TV of the past year. Here are the most voted for books across each category…

Best Fiction Book

Less by Andrew Sean Greer
Normal People by Sally Rooney
Flames by Robbie Arnott

Best Non-fiction Book

Eggshell Skull by Bri Lee

Best Young Adult Book

Stone Girl by Eleni Hale

Best Children’s Book


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