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The International Dylan Thomas Prize shortlist 2021

The shortlist for this year’s International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced.

Chair of the 2021 judging panel, Namita Gokhale, says: “We are thrilled to present this year’s extraordinary shortlist – it is truly a world-class writing showcase of the highest order from six exceptional young writers. I want to press each and every one of these bold, inventive and distinctive books into the han…

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The Stella Prize shortlist 2021

Congratulations to the six authors shortlisted for this year’s Stella Prize. This $50,000 prize is awarded for the best work of literature, fiction or non-fiction, published in 2020 by an Australian woman.

Chair of the 2021 Stella Prize judging panel, Zoya Patel, says: ‘The 2021 Stella Prize shortlist truly demonstrates the immensity of talent in Australian women and non-binary authors. This sho…

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The Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction shortlist 2021

The shortlist for the 2020 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction has been announced!

The judges said of the shortlist: ‘For the first time in the history of the Walter Scott Prize, Australian authors comprise the majority of our shortlist. With imaginations and styles as varied as they are inspired, we have Pip Williams slipping us gently, hauntingly, into the Oxford English Dictionary; Stev…

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A spotlight on Meet Taj at the Lighthouse by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Aussie Kids: Meet Taj at the Lighthouse by Maxine Beneba Clarke, and illustrated by Nicki Greenberg, 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 warm and thoughtful story about a young boy who has recently arrived in Australia.

‘We already love Maxine Beneba Clarke’s adult books and picture books – her foray…

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The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals shortlists 2021

The shortlists for the 2021 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced.

The Carnegie Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people.

Here are the shortlisted books for the 2021 Carnegie Medal:

Clap When You Land by Elizabeth Acevedo The Girl Who Speaks Bear by Sophie Anderson The Girl Who Became a Tree wri…

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Our booksellers share their 2021 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…


Jackie Tang, Readings Monthly editor Gideon The Ninth by Tamsyn Muir Milk Fed by Melissa Broder Network Effect by Martha Wells Open Water by Caleb Azumah Nelson The Salt Path by Raynor Winn Friends & Dark Shape

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What we’re reading: Nolan, Mason & Saramago

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. Tye Cattanach is reading Acts of Desperation by Megan Nolan

It may surprise some of you to learn I am one of those shocking people who believes books want to be interacted with in a physical manner. Spines cracked, pages dog-eared, sentences …

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A spotlight on The Power of Positive Pranking by Nat Amoore

The Power of Positive Pranking by Nat Amoore 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 inspiring story about a group of friends engaging in some very creative environmental activism.

‘This funny and fast-paced story shows how every individual can make a difference, no matter how young – in fact, often it i…

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