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The Walter Scott Prize shortlist 2020

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

The six shortlisted books are:

The Narrow Land by Christine Dwyer Hickey The Parisian by Isabella Hammad To Calais, In Ordinary Time by James Meek Shadowplay by Joseph O’Connor The Redeemed by Tim Pears A Sin of Omission by Marguerite Poland

The 2019 judges commented: ‘In times of crisis, historical fict…

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Authors share what they’ve been reading in isolation

We’ve shaken up our regular What We’re Reading column to include recommendations from the borders beyond our shop walls. This week, we’ve invited some authors and publishers to share what they’re reading. Katya de Becerra is reading…

I’m currently reading The Sharp Edge of a Snowflake by Sif Sigmarsdottir. I’ve been following her on social media for years, and I’m so glad I finally picked up …

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Grandmothers' Law Should Never Be Broken

by Ali Cobby Eckermann

This is an edited extract from Ali Cobby Eckermann’s essay of the same title in Grandmothers: Essays by 21st-Century Grandmothers edited by Helen Elliott.

In the night someone strung a line of crow carcasses across the fence outside her house. She discovers them as she leaves the house for work. Her breath catches in her chest and she cannot breathe. Jesus! she mutters, half in anger and half

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The best new crime reads in April

by Fiona Hardy

A Conspiracy of Bones by Kathy Reichs

Okay, full disclosure: there are some Very Famous Authors I’ve never read, and Kathy Reichs is one of them. I haven’t even watched a full episode of Bones, the TV show based on her Temperance Brennan series. Turns out, there’s a reason she’s got a string of bestsellers and a television show: she’s a great writer and her books are snappy as hell. Who knew? …

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Chris Gordon’s self-isolation cooking diary: Week 3

by Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon is our events and programming manager extraordinaire, as well as our monthly food and gardening columnist. Here is the latest instalment of her self-isolation cooking diary.

I want to begin this record by describing my recent odyssey to purchase ingredients to bake my very own hot cross buns.

First, I travelled by foot and with great cheer to my local independent supermarket, onl…

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Recommended kids books, news & resources for April

by Leanne Hall

This month we have a gorgeous crafty Easter book, a picture book to bring a smile to your face and heartfelt middle grade fiction. Find our April picks for YA books here. FIVE KIDS BOOKS TO READ THIS MONTH Beautiful Eggs by Alice Lindstrom

Learn all about egg decorating traditions from around in the world in this big and gorgeous board book. Kids can travel to Latvia, Czech Republic, Gr…

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Recommended YA books, news & resources for April

by Leanne Hall

This month we have oodles of exciting new Australian YA fiction and a unique Shakespearean read from a well-known British poet. Find our April picks for kids books here. FIVE YA BOOKS TO READ THIS MONTH Deep Water by Sarah Epstein

Three months ago, 13-year-old Henry disappeared from The Shallows, a small rural Australian town, during a violent storm, leaving behind his muddy bike at the…

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At Home with Chris Gordon, April 2020

by Chris Gordon

Our food and gardening columnist recommends three food and gardening books to enjoy this month. An Australian Garden by Philip Cox

We should all understand the importance of maintaining indigenous Australian landscapes and gardens. Renowned architect Philip Cox always considered this vital and so some forty years ago purchased eighty hectares on the south coast of NSW as a private retreat a…

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