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YA books, events & news for February

by Leanne Hall

February is shaping up to be a fantastic month for YA, with much-anticipated second books from Angie Thomas, Karen McManus and Alison Evans all hitting our shelves, as well as some intriguing new fantasy titles. Find our February picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH On the Come Up by Angie Thomas

Brianna is 16 and an aspiring rapper, hoping to follow in the footsteps of her fam…

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Kids books, events & news for February

by Leanne Hall

This month we have a wonderfully wide range of great reads for kids – a beautifully designed paper-cut board book, a coterie of award winners and kids fiction that puts climate change and the environment front and centre. Find our February picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH Hello Lighthouse by Sophie Blackall

Follow the daily and seasonal ebb and flow of activity around a lig…

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The best new crime reads of January and February

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna

Jamie Brandt has just about had enough of her two girls – in the same way any parent who loves their kids can also tire of them after a long week – when she leaves them in the car outside Kmart to pick something up. But by the time she gets back to her car, they are both gone. And so Jamie’s aunt hires Alice Vega – private detective, finde…

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The Wellcome Book Prize longlist 2019

The longlist for this year’s Wellcome book prize has been announced.

This prize is awarded annually to the best new work of fiction or non-fiction that ‘celebrates the topics of health and medicine in literature’. Australian book The Trauma Cleaner is one of 12 titles on the 2019 longlist, which this year is dominated by memoirs, and also features popular science, novels and medical history.

Th…

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What our Teen Advisory Board have been reading over summer

With the summer holidays behind us and the new year raring to go, our Teen Advisory Board have been very busy reflecting on the past year and looking forward to some new and forthcoming novels. Find out what they’ve been reading below.

Grace Best book read in 2018

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I was in awe of the authors’ creativit…

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Mark’s Say, February 2019

by Mark Rubbo

A recent study by the Authors Guild in the United States has shown that the median income for writers in the US dropped 42% between 2009 and 2017. The director of the Authors Guild, Mary Rasenberger, said that in the mid-twentieth century a good literary fiction author could earn a middle-class living just by writing. Royalties and advances are down almost 30% and other sources of income from new…

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The International Dylan Thomas Prize longlist 2019

The longlist for this year’s International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced.

This Prize is run in partnership with Swansea University and is awarded to the best literary work in the English language written by an author aged 39 and under. The winning author will receive £30,000.

The 12 longlisted titles are…

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Hold by Michael Donkor How the Light Ge

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

No Friend but the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani, translated by Omid Tofighian Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi Say Hello by Carly Findlay The Fast 800 by Michael Mosley Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe The Madonna of the Mountains by Elise Valmorbida Normal People by Sally Rooney Becoming by Michelle Obama Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Detained Kurdish journalist Behro…

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Cookbook trends to look forward to in 2019

by Chris Gordon

As world politics bring more despair to us all, our yearning for the simple things in life like meals with family and friends will increase. We will look for ways to make our life easier and more considerate. Consequently, the food we prepare will be kind to the environment and nurturing to our souls. This year the flavours will be unpretentious, the ingredients will be local and you will be usin…

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