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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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A spotlight on Wombat, Mudlark & Other Stories by Helen Milroy

Wombat, Mudlark & Other Stories by Helen Milroy is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. Here’s everything you need to know about this collection of warm and inspiring fables.

Wombat, Mudlark & Other Stories is a book that engages readers from the very first page. Each of these bite-sized stories is imbued with a timeless quality, and feels as big …

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Andy, Terry & Jill share the books they love

by Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton & Jill Griffiths

Hi, my name is Andy. I write books about an ever-expanding treehouse with my friends Terry and Jill. (I write the words, Terry draws the pictures and Jill does the editing.) If you’re like most of our readers you’re probably wondering what books we read when WE were growing up (given that we weren’t able to read Treehouse books because we hadn’t got around to writing them).

Well, not surprising…

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