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Lisa Fuller wins the Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2020

by Angela Crocombe

We are absolutely delighted to announce Ghost Bird by Lisa Fuller as the winner of the Readings Young Adult Book Prize for 2020. Ghost Bird is a terrifying and spooky thriller set in country Australia and against a backdrop of family relationships, small- town grudges and casual racism. It is a cracking read for ages 14 through to adult that will scare the pants off you and make you question your…

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Matilda Woods wins the Readings Children’s Book Prize 2020

by Kim Gruschow

We are thrilled to share that the winner of this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize is The Girl, The Cat & the Navigator by Matilda Woods! This thrilling high-seas tale will enchant readers of ages 7–12 years.

Eleven-year-old Oona longs for adventures, but as a girl in Nordor – a town where houses are built from wood that comes from shipwrecks and sway as though still at sea – she must stay d…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Yield by Tara June Winch Women and Leadership by Julia Gillard & Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo Phosphorescence by Julia Baird A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld Utopia Avenue by Dav…

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The Davitt Awards shortlist 2020

Sisters in Crime has announced the shortlists for the 2020 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. Here are the shortlisted books in each category: Adult crime novels Bruny by Heather Rose Eight Lives by Susan Hurley Life Before by Carmel Reilly Present Tense by Natalie Conyer The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan Six Minutes by Petronella McGovern The Trespassers by Meg Munde…

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Tara June Winch wins the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2020

Tara June Winch has been named the winner of this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award for The Yield.

Knowing that he will soon die, Albert ‘Poppy’ Gondiwindi takes pen to paper. His life has been spent on the banks of the Murrumby River at Prosperous House, on Massacre Plains, and he is now determined to pass on the language of his people and everything that was ever remembered. His granddaught…

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What we’re reading: Mildenhall, Mantel & Godwin

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. Tye Cattanach is reading When Rain Turns to Snow by Jane Godwin

When Rain Turns to Snow might just be the most original middle grade novel I have ever read. A premise unlike any other that I can recall, this intriguing mystery introduces an u…

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A spotlight on translated fiction this month

This month we’re recommending five new works of translated fiction – from France, Argentina, South Korea and Sweden. The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-eun (translated by Lizzie Buehler)

Yona has been stuck behind a desk for years working for Jungle, a travel company specialising in package holidays to destinations ravaged by disaster. When a senior colleague touches her inappropriately, the co…

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Kids books that celebrate a love of language

by Leanne Hall

Onomatopoeia, puns, homophones, word play, learning a new language - there are so many ways to explore, celebrate and foster a love of language using kids books. Here are some of our favourite books that feature playful use of language. Cats Say Nau & Dogs Say Bau by Philip Bunting

When an animal makes its call, we all hear exactly the same noise. But depending on the language you speak, a…

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A spotlight on Take the Shot by Susan White

Take the Shot is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize.

Bug is keeping a lot of secrets. After he is diagnosed with a health condition called Marfan syndrome, he is advised to stay away from fast-paced sports and take it easy. So, what does he do? Start a mixed basketball team with some of his classmates at his new school and not tell any of his famil…

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