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Deb’s isolation blues recommendations

by Deborah Crabtree

Deborah Crabtree is a bookseller at our Carlton shop, as well as the co-host of our crime books focussed podcast, Good Cop Bad Cop. Here, she shares what she’s reading during self-isolation.

As life in isolation is set to become the new normal for a while – I’ve been doing it for several weeks now - one thing it offers is a lot of down time, some writing and a whole lot of reading. As I can’t …

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What we’re reading & recommending during self-isolation

Recommendations from our customers

Last week saw us announce a change to our regular ‘What We’re Reading’ column. In short, we’re currently asking for recommendations from our customers as well as staff.

We got so many wonderful responses this past week.

Michael Wildenauer is getting stuck into Capital and Ideology, which he predicts will keep him going for a while. (We concur!) A radio interv…

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The best new releases in April

by Elke Power

Our Readings Monthly Editor Elke Power shares the best new books to look out for this month, including a gorgeous cookbook, some fantastic debut fiction, and highly anticipated new titles from blockbuster authors Anne Tyler, Maggie O’Farrell and N.K. Jemisin – and much more.

While we all adapt to the grim reality of this historic time, there is, as ever – perhaps more than ever – comfort, dist…

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The International Booker Prize shortlist 2020

Congratulations to the authors, translators and publishers shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker International Prize.

Here is the shortlist in full:

The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar (translated by an anonymous translator from Farsi) The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara (translated by Iona Macintyre and Fiona Mackintosh from Spanish) Tyll by Daniel K…

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Chris Gordon’s self-isolation cooking diary: Week 2

by Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon is our events and programming manager extraordinaire, as well as our monthly food and gardening columnist. We’re pleased that she’ll be sending us regular updates of her cooking adventures during self-isolation.

One bright sunny afternoon with a little time on my hands I emptied the pantry, wiped those shelves down with pure disgust at my family’s filth, and popped everything back…

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Mark’s Coronavirus Diary, Thursday 27 March 2020

by Mark Rubbo

I email our accountant asking how long can we trade without any income? What are our liabilities? What can we do for our staff? We have a number of casuals with no leave provisions, how can we help? Who needs help? What about our publishers and authors? How will we sell their books? How will we let you know about them? How can we get them to you?

My dear son Joe says these times will test our re…

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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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An appreciation of Tove Jansson

Three of our booksellers reflect on the works of author Tove Jansson, and explain why everyone should be reading them.

“I came to Tove Jansson later in life. So while I didn’t have the Moomins to travel through childhood with, I’ve been lucky to have had Tove herself to travel through adulthood with.

I first picked up her work, Fair Play because it had an introduction by Ali Smith (my hero) a…

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20% off popular cookbooks

Throughout the month of April, we are offering 20% off a range of essential cookbooks.

These are all cookbooks that our booksellers and customers love – the ones we always keep on the shelves of our shops because we are always recommending. There’s something for every home cook here, with titles from Yotam Ottolenghi, Phillippa Grogan, Hetty McKinnon, Julia Busuttil Nishimura, and more.


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A message from our programming & events manager

by Chris Gordon

Winter is coming, but it’s still sunny here. This is what I do know about the literary community. It is a generous and resilient being, even when faced with a complete reckoning of sorts. Authors, publicists, publishers, book sellers and readers all fall into this extraordinary cohort of people that will not be stopped.

Although opportunities to celebrate and discuss new works and ideas have cha…

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