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The Walter Scott Prize longlist 2019

The longlist for the 2019 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction has been announced.

Honouring the achievements of the founding father of the historical novel, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction is unique for rewarding writing of exceptional quality which is set in the past. With a total value of £30,000, it is one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world.

Among the t…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Islands by Peggy Frew Unto Us a Son is Given by Donna Leon No Friend but the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani, translated by Omid Tofighian The Rip by Mark Brandi Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell by Louise Milligan The Hollow Bones by Leah Kaminsky The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion Ottolenghi SIMPLE by Yotam Ottolenghi

Two fant…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For book clubs who enjoy unflinching contemporary fiction… The Rip by Mark Brandi

A young woman living on the street has to keep her wits about her. Or her friends. Dani and Anton look out for each other. Dani has a bit of a habit – nothing she can’t control, as she tells Anton – and Anton dreams of one day getting a place together. But when they hook up with Steve, their lives take a drastic…

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The Stella Prize shortlist 2019

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 2018 by an Australian woman.

Louise Swinn, Chair of the judging panel, said: ‘This is an incredibly diverse knot of books, with broad subjects showing that identity is shaped across many continents and informed by many cu…

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What we’re reading: Boochani, Winn and some new music

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Marie Matteson is listening to Better Oblivion Community Centre

I seldom come across new music. I am definitely out of all the loops. This week though, while listening to one of my favourite podcasts I heard the name Better Oblivion Community Center. A name th…

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A reading list for International Women’s Day 2019

Happy International Women’s Day! Our staff share their recommendations on what to read to mark this significant day, first held in 1914.

My main claim to fame around the Readings office is that I was on board the Naomi Alderman The Power train before anyone else had read it, and I correctly guessed it as the winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction that year. It’s an absolutely terrific book, …

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3-for-2 special offer on fiction favourites

Throughout March, we are pleased to have a special 3-for-2 offer on a select range of award-winning and popular fiction titles. Buy two books, and choose a third book in the range (of equal or lesser value) for free.

This offer is exclusively available in all Readings shops except Readings Kids until 31 March on stickered, in-stock items only, while stocks last. This offer is not available onlin…

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The ABIA Book longlists 2019

The longlists for the 2019 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) have been announced. The ABIAs celebrate the best books of the year, as judged by Australian book industry members.

The titles in each category are…

General fiction book of the year Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty Scrublands by Chris Hammer The Lost Flowers of Alice Hart by Holly Ringland The Lost Man by Jane Harper T

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YA books, events & news for March

by Leanne Hall

There’s a fantastic array of YA fiction available this month, from contemporary Aussie rom-coms to murderous fantasy adventures to free verse and jazz. Find our March picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH What I Like About Me by Jenna Guillaume

Written as a diary, this witty debut novel from former Buzzfeed journalist and editor Jenna Guillaume takes place over one transformat…

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Kids books, events & news for March

by Leanne Hall

This month we have a gorgeous line-up, including a picture book about managing fear, a thoughtful middle grade story about encouraging empathy and talking about difference, a family-focused story set in 1970s Australia, and more. Find our March picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH Lottie and Walter by Anna Walker

Lottie is reluctant to go in the pool at her swimming lessons b…

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