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The bestselling books at Melbourne Writers Festival 2019

We were delighted to be the official booksellers at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. Congratulations to everyone who brought this festival together!

Here is a list of the top 20 bestselling books from the festival…

1. A Dream About Lightning Bugs by Ben Folds
2. On the Other Side of Freedom by DeRay Mckesson
3. Women, Equality, Power by Helen Clark
4. Antisemitism: Here and Now by Deborah E…

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Our children’s & YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

How to Make a Movie in Twelve Days by Fiona Hardy Monuments by Will Kostakis The 117-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood For Whom the Ball Rolls (The Adventures of Dog Man Book 7) by Dav Pilkey Young Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Valentine by Jodi McAlister My Father’s Shadow by Jannali Jones Atticus Van Tasticus by Andrew Daddo & Stephen M…

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The Ned Kelly Awards winners 2019

Congratulations to the 2019 winners of the Ned Kelly Awards for the best in Australian crime writing. Now in its 24th year the Ned Kelly Awards are Australia’s oldest and most prestigious crime writing awards. Best fiction The Lost Man by Jane Harper

When Cameron Bright is found dead and burned from the heat in the middle of the desert, nine kilometres from his well-stocked, air-conditione…

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What we’re reading: Hardy, Caletti & Dahl

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. Bronte Coates is reading How to Make a Movie in Twelve Days by Fiona Hardy

This is exactly the kind of book I would have loved as a nerdy and creatively-fired-up child. After a year of planning and a bittersweet financial boon, Hayley is set t…

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Insightful books on current cultural studies

Are you looking for a way to engage with current cultural studies? We’ve rounded up some of this month’s releases that explore everything from depictions of gendered violence in the media to the questions that women face regarding medical treatment. White Tears/Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad

In 2018, journalist Ruby Hamad wrote an article for The Guardian Australia titled ‘How white women use st…

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Readings Prize spotlight: Q&A with Angela Meyer

by Angela Meyer

A Superior Spectre by Angela Meyer is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Here, we chat with Meyer about ghosts, female desire and blurring the lines in fiction. Tell us a little bit about your book?

A Superior Spectre is about a man who abuses an experimental technology that allows him to enter the mind of a woman in the past. It’s also…

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Staff recommend Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander voices

Our staff share their favourite books by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors, including prize-winning fiction, biography, essays, non-fiction, memoir and books for kids of all ages, from babies through to teens. Today is Indigenous Literacy Day and Readings will be donating 10% of our book sales to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF), on top of our ongoing support. The ILF does am…

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Inky Award winners 2019

State Library Victoria has announced the winners of the 2019 Inky Awards!

The Inky Awards recognise high-quality young adult literature, with the shortlist selected by young adults, and the winners voted for online by teens. There are two awards: the Gold Inky Award for an Australian book, and the Silver Inky Award for an international book.

Gold Inky Award

The Gold Inky Award winner is …

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The Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist 2019

The shortlist for the 2019 Booker Prize has been announced!

Here are the six books listed on the shortlist:

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo An Orchestra of Minorities by Chigozie Obioma Quichotte by Salman Rushdie 10 Minutes 38 Seconds in This Strange World by Elif Shafak

Chair of the 2019 judges, Peter Florence, …

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