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The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards winners 2019

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian literature and history makes to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life.

Congratulations to the 2019 winners for each category.

Fiction winner:
The Death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones

Poetry winner:
Sun Music by Judith Beveridge

Non-fiction winner:
Half the Perfect W

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The Baillie Gifford Prize shortlist 2019

The Baillie Gifford prize is the UK’s most prestigious award for nonfiction writing. This year’s shortlist contains works of history, true crime, memoir and biography.

Here are the six titles on the 2019 shortlist:

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep On Chapel Sands by Laura Cumming The Lives of Lucian Freud: Youth by William Feaver Maoism: A Global Hist

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Alice Robinson wins the 2019 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction

by Alison Huber

We are delighted to announce that the winner of this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction is Alice Robinson, for her novel, The Glad Shout.

On hearing the news, Alice said, ‘I am absolutely elated to have been selected as the winner of the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction in 2019, a huge honour considering the incredible calibre of the books and writers on the shortlist. I …

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What we’re reading: Brookner, O'Callaghan & Pullman

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. Ellen Cregan is reading The Secret Commonwealth (The Book of Dust, Volume 2) by Philip Pullman

I’ve been reading the second installment in Phillip Pullman’s The Book of Dust trilogy, which only came out a couple of weeks ago. I am a huge fan o…

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Our favourite Australian short story writers

The Australian Short Story Festival kicks off today! To celebrate, our staff share some of their favourite Australian short story writers.

“Last year Melbourne writer Paul Dalla Rosa wrote for Granta website’s ‘notes on craft’ and I think about what he said all the time. He compares short stories to a moment on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7 when Violet Chachki walks the runway in a gown that tra…

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Readings booksellers recommend: Evergreen crime reads

We asked our booksellers to share some of their evergreen crime reads – the ones they find themselves recommending again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and… You get the picture! Fiona Hardy recommends Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta

Honestly, there is so much good stuff out there that of course it’s impossible to pick a favourite. I’m selecting Melina Mar…

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Frances Hardinge’s books ranked by scariness

by Dani Solomon

Readings Kids bookseller Dani Solomon is a Frances Hardinge super fan. We asked her to rank the award-winning British author’s books by their scariness and here is the result. The following books are all ranked from least scary to most scary, and there’s a special list of titles at the end for readers who don’t like to be spooked, but still love good, thrilling reads.

5. Verdigris Deep

On…

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Vote for your favourite books, music, film & TV of 2019

In November of each year, we share our picks for the best books, music, film and TV shows of the year, as voted for by our staff. We’re in the process of gathering those votes right now, and we’d love to find out what your favourites are too.

On our voting form, we’re inviting customers to share their favourite fiction, non-fiction, young adult, children’s and cookery books, as well as albums, f…

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