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A spotlight on Bindi by Kirli Saunders

Bindi by Kirli Saunders, and illustrated by Dub Leffler, is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. Here’s everything you need to know about this beautifully crafted verse novel that touches on climate, conservation, community and Country.

‘In 2019 Kirli Saunders won the inaugural Daisy Utemorrah Award for an unpublished book of children’s or YA fictio…

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What we’re reading: Ryan & Fuller

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. Eleanor Jenkins is reading A Room Called Earth by Madeleine Ryan

I’m reading A Room Called Earth and I’m finding it a joyous stream-of-consciousness ride. I was talking with a friend recently about how Convenience Store Woman left me saddened…

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A spotlight on The Grandest Bookshop in the World by Amelia Mellor

The Grandest Bookshop in the World by Amelia Mellor is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. Here’s everything you need to know about this magical adventure set in Melbourne’s famous Cole’s Book Arcade in 1893.

‘Well-researched and captivating, this middle-grade novel seamlessly weaves in historical detail of the real Cole family and 1800s Melbourne …

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The best food & gardening books of the month

by Chris Gordon

Australia: The Cookbook by Ross Dobson & Alan Benson

You may already have a Ross Dobson book on your shelves. He is after all a highly acclaimed chef who has written many cookbooks before. But this one, well, this is his masterpiece. With over 350 recipes from all over the world, this enormous tome recognises all our foodie influences. And because it’s Dobson writing, there are also special tr…

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The best new crime reads in April

by Fiona Hardy

Our crime specialist shares 10 great crime reads to look out for this month. CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH The Chase by Candice Fox

At a prison in Nevada, the annual friendly baseball game between the officers and the minimum-security inmates is due to take place. A bus load of family members is coming to cheer on the guards, as they have done every year for the past decade or so. Only this ye…

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Mark’s Say: April, 2021

by Mark Rubbo

Lygon Street in Carlton and Acland Street in St Kilda were vibrant local shopping strips and wonderful areas to hang out. Sadly, they’ve lost some of their vitality. Both derived much of their energy from the wave of immigrants who came to Australia after the Second World War.

In Lygon Street, Italian immigrants opened small businesses and brought Italian food culture, and especially the espress…

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The 2021 International Booker Prize longlist

The International Booker Prize has revealed the ‘Booker Dozen’ of 13 novels in contention for the 2021 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world.

The prize is awarded every year for a single book that is translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland. It aims to encourage more publishing and reading of quality works of imagination from all o…

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On Events in April, with Chris Gordon

by Chris Gordon

We are keeping our events program out of our shops for the time being. This is good news for those of you who want a guaranteed a seat at our discussions and book launches or indeed, for those of you who would prefer to stay at home. Our events will be staged at external venues near our shops, as well as continuing online via Zoom. My hope is that by offering this hybrid style of programming, the…

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The CBCA Book of the Year Awards shortlists 2021

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its Book of the Year Awards shortlists for 2021. Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators, editors and publishers!

Here are the shortlists for each category.

Older Readers (for ages 13-18 years) The End of the World Is Bigger than Love by Davina Bell The Lost Soul Atlas by Zana Fraillon When Rain Turns to Snow by Jane Godwi…

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