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The Baillie Gifford Prize longlist 2019

The £50,000 Baillie Gifford prize is the UK’s most prestigious award for nonfiction writing. This year’s longlist spans history, biography, current affairs and natural science, with several addressing grand themes including race, court room drama, ideology, and economics.

The titles on the 2019 longlist are:

I Will Never See the World Again by Ahmet Altan Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the L

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What we’re reading: Wakefield, Irby & Strout

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. Ellen Cregan is reading We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby

I’ve been reading We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby. This hilarious collection of essays makes for delightful reading – Irby is a comedian who runs the…

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The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists 2019

The shortlists for this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced. These awards celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia.

Here are the full shortlists…

Children’s literature His Name Was Walter by Emily Rodda Sonam and the Silence by Eddie Ayres, illustrated by Ronak Taher The Feather by Margaret Wild, illustrated by Freya Blackwood The Incredible Freedom Machines

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Ask Agatha: hay fever, lies & true crime nuts

Our book advice column is back, and so is our wise and learned bookseller Agatha, who is ready to answer all your tricky (book-related) questions. If you have a question for Agatha please email

My friend has lent me a book they absolutely LOVE and which I absolutely hate. Do I need to pretend I enjoyed it or can I admit my true feelings?

I know the truth can set…

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Readings Prize spotlight: Q&A with Joshua Lobb

by Joshua Lobb

The Flight of Birds by Joshua Lobb is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Here, we chat with Lobb about birds, climate change and whether fiction can be political. Congratulations on being shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction! Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

Thank you for including me on the shortli…

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The bestselling books at Melbourne Writers Festival 2019

We were delighted to be the official booksellers at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. Congratulations to everyone who brought this festival together!

Here is a list of the top 20 bestselling books from the festival…

1. A Dream About Lightning Bugs by Ben Folds
2. On the Other Side of Freedom by DeRay Mckesson
3. Women, Equality, Power by Helen Clark
4. Antisemitism: Here and Now by Deborah E…

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

How to Make a Movie in Twelve Days by Fiona Hardy Monuments by Will Kostakis The 117-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood For Whom the Ball Rolls (The Adventures of Dog Man Book 7) by Dav Pilkey Young Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Valentine by Jodi McAlister My Father’s Shadow by Jannali Jones Atticus Van Tasticus by Andrew Daddo & Stephen M…

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The Ned Kelly Awards winners 2019

Congratulations to the 2019 winners of the Ned Kelly Awards for the best in Australian crime writing. Now in its 24th year the Ned Kelly Awards are Australia’s oldest and most prestigious crime writing awards. Best fiction The Lost Man by Jane Harper

When Cameron Bright is found dead and burned from the heat in the middle of the desert, nine kilometres from his well-stocked, air-conditione…

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