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Winners of the Indie Book Awards 2017

The winners of the Indie Book Awards 2017 have been announced.

Each year, independent booksellers from around the nation get together and vote for their favourite titles in four different categories, as well as their favourite book overall. Here are the winners for each category, along with comments from our booksellers.

The Debut Fiction winner and the overall Indie Book of the Year winner…

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Picture books that celebrate the variety of family life

by Leanne Hall

Families are formed when people come together to support and love each other unconditionally. We’ve put together some of our favourite picture books that reflect the variety and beauty of modern family life. We are Family by Patricia Hegarty

We are Family follows a wide variety of families having a normal day, showing the differences and similarities in bright and detailed retro illustrations…

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Our children’s and YA top ten bestsellers of the week

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo Under the Love Umbrella by Davina Bell and Allison Colpoys Frankie Fish and the Sonic Suitcase by Peter Helliar and Lesley Vamo I’m Australian Too by Mem Fox and Ronojoy Ghosh Grover Finds a Home (Grover McBane, Rescue Dog Book 1) by Claire Garth and Johannes Leak See You in the Cosmos by Jack Cheng Escape to the Moon I

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The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals shortlists 2017

The shortlists for the 2017 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced.

The Carnegie Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

Tricia Adams, Chair of the judging pa…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For book clubs who devoured Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels Flesh and Bone and Water by Luiza Sauma

Doctor André Cabral is living in London when he receives a letter from his home country, Brazil, which he left nearly 30 years ago. The letter prompts André to remember the days of his youth, including his secret infatuation with the intoxicating Luana. Unable to resist the pull of his memor…

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What we’re reading: Melissa Keil, Heather Taylor Johnson and Jessica Friedmann

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Chris Gordon is reading Jean Harley Was Here by Heather Taylor Johnson

I read Jean Harley Was Here is one sitting. Heather Taylor Johnson tells the story of what happens to the friends and family in the aftermath of the titular character’s death. It’s a clever…

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Hear from one of the contributors to They Cannot Take the Sky

They Cannot Take the Sky is a collection of first-person accounts of the reality of life in mandatory detention. It has been compiled and edited by Behind the Wire, an award-winning oral history organisation. Amir Taghinia is a 23-year-old man who has been in immigration detention on Manus Island since 2013. His story appears in They Cannot Take the Sky, under the title ‘We are all convicted to …

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The Man Booker International Prize longlist 2017

The Man Booker International Prize has revealed the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ of 13 novels in contention for the 2017 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world.

The Man Booker International Prize is awarded every year for a single book, which is translated into English and published in the UK. Both novels and short-story collections are eligible. The work of …

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The Wellcome Book Prize shortlist 2017

The shortlist 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’.

The 2017 shortlist comprises four non-fiction and two fiction titles, including the first posthumously published title and the first translated title to be shortlisted for the prize.

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