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Chris Gordon’s self-isolation cooking diary: Week 4

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.

As part of the great experiment of having our adult kids cook for us on a regular basis, I would like to share with you some observations…

Please do note that these observations should not be construed as adv…

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Jess Hill wins the 2020 Stella Prize

Jess Hill has been named the winner of the 2020 Stella Prize for her meticulously researched account of domestic violence in Australia, See What You Made Me Do.

Women are abused or killed by their partners at astonishing rates: in Australia, almost 17% of women over the age of fifteen have been abused by an intimate partner. In See What You Made Me Do, Hill puts perpetrators – and the systems th…

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Changes to the Readings Prizes in 2020

Readings Prizes Manager Bronte Coates shares an update on the Readings Prizes in 2020.

The impact of Covid-19 at Readings has been significant, including the closure of our physical shops.

Since their inception in 2014, Readings has run three annual literary prizes that support emerging Australian authors: the Readings Children’s Book Prize, the Readings Young Adult Book Prize and the Reading

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Kids read the 2020 Readings Children’s Book Prize shortlist

The Readings Children’s Book Prize was established in 2014 to celebrate early-career Australian authors and illustrators who write for children aged 5 to 12. Finding the books which we believe kids will love the most has always been a guiding principle of the prize, so what do young people think of our 2020 Children’s Book Prize shortlist? We’ve compiled a sample of thoughts from some of the kid…

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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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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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Authors share what they’re 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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