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The Indie Book Awards shortlist 2020

This year’s shortlist for the Indie Book Awards has been announced.

Each year, independent booksellers from around the nation get together and vote for their favourite titles in six different categories, as well as their favourite book overall. Here are the shortlisted titles in each category.

Fiction There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett Bruny by Heather Rose The Wife and the Widow by Christ…

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Books to help kids (and parents) prepare for first days

by Leanne Hall

Starting childcare, kindergarten or school can be an exciting, scary and challenging time (for kids and parents!) Reading together about what those first days might be like can provide some comfort. Here are some of our favourite books to help with this big transition. You can find more recommendations here and here. Little Nic’s Big Day by Nic Naitanui & Fatima Anaya

This charming picture…

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Books coming to the screen in 2020

We’re excited that 2020 continues the trend of great books being adapted for the screen. Here are six titles that we’re excited to see on the gold and silver screens in the coming months – and browse the collections below to find even more titles. Normal People by Sally Rooney

Sally Rooney’s Normal People is one of the most widely beloved novels to be published in recent years. Connell and …

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The Readings Teen Advisory Board meets Will Kostakis

by Angela Crocombe

In our Teen Advisory Board’s last meeting for 2019, the hilarious Will Kostakis visited the teens to talk about his career as an author. First up was his journey to publication at age nineteen. He had the teens in hysterics as he showed them his author photo of a precocious young author and his many stories of growing up as a young gay man with strong Greek family ties.

He talked about how it wa…

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Finalists for National Book Critics Circle Awards 2019

The finalists for this year’s National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) awards have been announced. The NBCC honours outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature.

Here is the complete list of NBCC Award finalists for the publishing year 2019:

Fiction Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg The Topeka School by Ben Ler…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas Bruny by Heather Rose The Weekend by Charlotte Wood Outline by Rachel Cusk Convenience Store Woman by Sayaka Murata (translated by Ginny Tapley Takemori) Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid Normal People by Sally Rooney

Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu was our bestselling bo

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What we’re reading: Jeanette Winter, Lara Williams & Muriel Spark

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. Dani Solomon is reading Our House Is on Fire by Jeanette Winter

Right now with the smoke from bushfires around the country choking Melbourne it’s so easy to fall into hopeless despair. What can we do? What can I do? How can I beat 200 bushfire…

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Books we want to see in 2020

Our booksellers share their thoughts on the kinds of books they’d like to get their hands on 2020 – everything from a trendy collection of nontoxic cleaning ideas, to more rainbow families in middle grade.

“A fashion history of hats that covers the way Trump has politicised the baseball hat, and more. Also in nonfiction, I would definitely read a book on the rise of neighbourhoods and what the…

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Five authors to read while you wait for the new Ferrante

The English translation of Elena Ferrante’s new novel, The Lying Life of Adults, is set to hit Australian bookshelves in June of this year! Here are five authors for Ferrante fans to read while they wait. Natalia Ginzburg (1916-1991)

We are in the midst of a Natalia Ginzburg revival of sorts, with a number of her works having been translated for English readers over the past couple of years…

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