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An update from the Doncaster Middle Fiction Book Club

by Sam Kelly

Sam Kelly updates us on all the goings-on at the Doncaster Middle Fiction Book Club, and looks ahead to their upcoming book club reads.

The Doncaster Middle Fiction Book Club is proving to be a lot of fun, and over the last few months we’ve had some amazing experiences. We’ve put on performances inspired by Drama, played a murder mystery game with dramatic deaths the likes of which would have …

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What we’re reading: Besson, Lawlor & Carreyrou

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. Fiona Hardy is reading Bad Blood by John Carreyrou

My usual reading diet consists of kids books and crime (I know, I know) but when I need to mix things up, I really love a non-bloodthirsty non-fiction book. Which makes it ironic, probably, th…

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Meet the bookseller with James Butler

by James Butler

James Butler works as a bookseller at our Hawthorn shop. Here we chat with them about how they ended up working in bookshops, and what’s an Australian book everyone should read. Why did you decide to work in books?

I began working in an independent bookshop when I first started studying creative writing and English literature at university. It felt like work that was the perfect extension of …

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The Goldsmiths Prize shortlist 2019

In the UK, the shortlist for the Goldsmiths Prize has been announced. The Prize was established in 2013 to celebrate the qualities of creative daring and to reward fiction that breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form.

The titles shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize are:

Slip of a Fish by Amy Arnold Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann The Porpoise by Mark Haddon The Man W

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Recommended October YA books & events

by Leanne Hall

This month we have blockbuster fantasy, a sophisticated look at modern gaming, an homage to 1950s horror movies, a gritty Australian contemporary read and satisfying horror. Find our October picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH Angel Mage by Garth Nix

Liliath, a powerful angel mage that has been dead for 140 years is back to revive her destructive plans – and she will need fo…

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Recommended October kids books, news & events

by Leanne Hall

This month we’re blessed with gorgeous imaginative picture books, dragon-filled fantasy quests, sweet dancing dogs, retold fairy tales and climate science. Find our October picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH All of the Factors of Why I Love Tractors by Davina Bell & Jenny Løvlie

When Frankie McGee insists on borrowing yet another library book about tractors, his mum begs hi…

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The Readings Teen Advisory Board reviews the new Garth Nix

by Angela Crocombe

This month we had a visit from book agent, YA advocate and forthcoming author, Danielle Binks, who was a whirlwind of energy and enthusiasm.

Danielle regaled us all with stories about the benefits of having an agent if you are an author, and what an agent does. It was absolutely fascinating, particularly when Danielle gave us specific stories about the journey to publication for some of her book…

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Our booksellers are loving The Wife and the Widow

Following on from his enormously successful debut, The Nowhere Child, we’ve been looking forward all year to Christian White’s second crime thriller. And now it’s here! Here are some glowing testimonials from booksellers who have read, and loved, The Wife and the Widow.

‘As an avid crime fiction reader, I don’t outwardly react to events that happen in books that often. It sounds awful, but br…

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The best new food & gardening books in October

by Chris Gordon

Our monthly food and gardening columnist shares four of her favourite new books in October.

TLV: Tel Aviv - Recipes and stories from Israel by Jigal Krant

Dutch author Jigal Krant is a culinary journalist, filmmaker, and radio producer based in the Netherlands. He produces and presents a television program titled The Kosher Dilemma, in which he searches for the secrets of Jewish cuisine. T…

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