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The 2021 International Booker Prize shortlist

The 2021 International Booker Prize shortlist has been revealed!

The prize is awarded every year for a single book that is translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland. It aims to encourage more publishing and reading of quality works of imagination from all over the world, and to give greater recognition to the role of translators.The contribution of both author and translator is …

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Evie Wyld wins the 2021 Stella Prize

Evie Wyld has been named the winner of the 2021 Stella Prize for her brilliant historical novel, The Bass Rock.

The Bass Rock is a novel that weaves together the lives of three women across four centuries. It’s about the legacy of male violence and the ways in which these traumas ripple and reverberate across time and place. Each woman’s choices are circumscribed, in ways big and small, b…

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Recommended reading: short story collections

We love short stories and their unique ability to immerse you in a new world at a moment’s notice. This month we’re recommending eight short story collections to dip into when you have a spare ten minutes. Kink edited by R. O. Kwon & Garth Greenwell

Kink is a dynamic anthology of literary fiction that opens an imaginative door into the world of desire. The stories within this collection por…

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Small press & self-published highlights in April

At Readings, we consider supporting small publishers and self-published authors to be an important responsibility, and we offer the opportunity for titles to be left on a consignment basis at our shops. Below are four titles that are currently available both in-store and online. In their own way, each book investigates humanities dual capacity for terror and for greatness. Still Alive by Saf…

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Recent recommended mysteries for kids

by Leanne Hall

Calling all amateur sleuths and bookish detectives! Here are some of our favourite mystery books that will test your powers of deduction and observation.

The Puzzling Pearls (Plum and Woo, Book 1) by Lisa Siberry

Hannah Plum and Patti Woo have nothing in common, but they’re stuck at the beachside Heartbreak Hotel together while Hannah’s dad and Patti’s mum are out birdwatching and - yuck! …

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

First Person Singular by Haruki Murakami

A Room of Her Own by Robyn Lea

With the Falling of the Dusk by Stan Grant

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

Emotional Female by Yumiko Kadota

Heart Sick by Jessie Stephens

Sex, Lies & Question Time by Kate Ellis

Turns Out, I’m Fine by Judith Lucy

New Animal by Ella Baxter

Our best-seller from the past week …

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What we’re reading: Barker, Brokken & Ginzburg

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. Teen Advisory Board Member Aurelia Orr is reading Waking Romeo by Kathryn Barker

I finished Waking Romeo by Kathryn Barker last night and it was SO GOOD. I loved every minute of it and devoured it in two days (stayed up to 3am first night, 1.…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For book clubs interested in the modern condition… No One Is Talking About This by Patricia Lockwood

A woman known for her viral social media posts travels the world speaking to her adoring fans, her entire existence overwhelmed by the internet - or what she terms ‘the portal’. Are we in hell? the people of the portal ask themselves. Are we all just going to keep doing this until we die?


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A spotlight on translated fiction this month

We’re recommending some recently released fiction in translation. Fiction in translation is a wonderful gateway into storytelling the world over and we’re increasingly excited by the quality and breadth of what is available to us; this month is no exception. Lonely Castle in the Mirror by Mizuki Tsujimura (translated by Philip Gabriel)

How can you save your friend’s life if she doesn’t want…

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