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The Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist 2019

The longlist for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced.

Kate Williams, Chair of the judging panel, praised all 16 longlisted titles for being ‘brilliant stories that sweep you into another world’. ‘Each of them have been a privilege to read, and they have taken us into places a million miles from each other, exploring the lives of women and men in so many different but utterly co…

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The Inky Awards longlists 2019

The Centre for Youth Literature has just announced the two longlists for the Inky Awards.

The Inky Awards recognise high-quality young adult literature. There are two awards: the Gold Inky Award for an Australian book, and the Silver Inky Award for an international book. The shortlist is selected by young adults, and the winners are voted for online by the teen readers of the Inside a Dog websit…

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What we’re reading: Ali Smith, Philip Pullman and the classics

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. Paul Goodman is catching up on the French classics

This year I’m aiming to catch up on a fistful of classics I should have read by age 30. Now that I’m two years late, I should really begin in earnest.

Having once attempted Proust on an e-reader while travel…

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Dear Reader, March 2019

by Alison Huber

One of the things I loved about Mark Brandi’s 2017 debut, Wimmera, was his precise writing of atmosphere, time, and place. In his follow up novel, The Rip, Brandi again creates an unforgettable document of our times, this time illuminating tough inner-city lives that are lived in plain sight. The Rip is the second installment in a stellar writing career, and our Fiction Book of the Month. It’s in…

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The YA Book Prize shortlist 2019

The 2019 shortlist for the YA Book Prize has been revealed.

Launched in 2014, the YA Book Prize celebrates great YA books written by authors living in the UK or Ireland, and aims to get more teenagers and young adults reading.

Goodbye Perfect by Sara Barnard Clean by Juno Dawson Big Bones by Laura Dockrill I Am Thunder by Muhammad Khan The Surface Breaks by Louise O'Neill I Was Born for This b…

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Our booksellers share their Autumn reading stacks

March has arrived and with it, the mists and mellow fruitfulness of Autumn. The turn of the seasons is the perfect time to share what’s on your TBR piles – here is what’s on ours… Nina Kenwood, marketing manager We Are Okay by Nina LaCour All That Impossible Space by Anna Morgan (June) The Place on Dalhousie by Melina Marchetta (April) Queenie by Candice Carty-Williams (April) City of Girl

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NSW Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlists 2019

The NSW Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists for 2019 have now been announced.

Administered by the State Library of NSW, these annual awards honour distinguished achievement by Australian writers.

The 2019 shortlists are:

CHRISTINA STEAD PRIZE FOR FICTION Man Out of Time by Stephanie Bishop Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton The Everlasting Sunday by Robert Lukins Border Districts by G…

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A monthly update from our Teen Advisory Board

by Angela Crocombe

It was great to get back into the swing of things with the Teen Advisory Board this month.

First up, the teens chatted about their impressions of the debut YA fantasy novel Four Dead Queens. Most of our members enjoyed the mystery and fantasy aspects of the story – they praised the captivating writing and the intriguing way the narrative would shift between different points of view – but felt a…

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