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The Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist 2019

The shortlist for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced. This Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.

Kate Williams, Chair of the judging panel, described the books as: ‘fiction at its best – brilliant, courageous and utterly captivating … We fell totally in love with these books and the amazing worlds they created.…

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Four cookbooks to inspire you in May

by Chris Gordon

From beginners to foodies, from familiar flavours to new tastes, our food and gardening columnist Chris Gordon rounds up the cookbooks this month that will inspire you in the kitchen. Good Food: Favourite Recipes edited by Ardyn Bernoth

This wonderful collection contains over 100 recipes chosen by Good Food editor Ardyn Bernoth that have been brought together from wonderful Australian chefs…

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Come visit us at Clunes Booktown Festival 2019

The autumnal chill has well and truly settled into the Victorian mornings, which means that it’s time for the annual Clunes Booktown Festival!

For two days each year, the town of Clunes becomes home to the largest collection of new, second-hand, rare and out-of-print small-press publications and collectible books in Australia. Readings will be hosting two stalls at this year’s festival, along wi…

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What we’re reading: London, Tokyo and Greece

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 The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary

I’ve just finished reading The Flatshare by debut writer Beth O’Leary. Set in London, it’s the story of Tiffy Moore – a poorly-paid editorial assistant with a dreadful ex-boyfriend – who answers an advertise…

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Fantastic Australian middle fiction that brings history to life

by Leanne Hall

There has been a wealth of fantastic middle grade novels by Australian authors recently that focus on time periods from prehistory, all the way through to recent history. While wars often feature as a backdrop, these recent books prove historical fiction for kids aged 8-12 years is incredibly diverse, depicting young characters amid events such as cataclysmic fires, space race milestones and anc…

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All the feelings: Great books that will make you cry

There’s something deeply cathartic about reading a truly moving book – whether it’s the slow release of repressed emotion that culminates in a flood of tears by the book’s end, or the sharp stab of a single beautiful line that suddenly has you welling up out of nowhere. For those looking to be buried in an avalanche of feelings (and watching Game of Thrones or Avengers: Endgame wasn’t enough for…

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The Russell Prize for Humour Writing shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 2019 Russell Prize for Humour Writing has been announced.

The $10,000 biennial prize aims to celebrate, recognise and encourage humorous writing, and is the only award to recognise the art of humour writing in Australia.

The shortlisted titles are:

The Lucky Galah by Tracy Sorensen The Hunter and Other Stories of Men by David Cohen Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton …

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Readings Foundation charity author auction: a special one-night only event

We are thrilled to announce the first-ever Readings Personal Shopper Author auction, a special one-night only charity event with some of your favourite authors to raise money for the Readings Foundation.

With the rise in popularity of writers’ festivals, author talks, and book clubs, this is an entirely new way for readers and writers to connect with authors.

Held in conjunction with Penguin R…

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On the magic of a Hot Desk Fellowship

by Jem Tyley-Miller

Supported by The Readings Foundation, the Wheeler Centre Hot Desk Fellowships offer emerging writers the opportunity to pursue their writing at a dedicated desk at the Wheeler Centre for ten weeks, supported by a $1,000 stipend for each writer. Following the announcement of this year’s successful participants, 2018 recipient Jem Tyley-Miller reflects on what she gained from her experience last y…

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