News and Commentary

The Arsonist picks up top non-fiction award

This month the book club groups we run at our Hawksburn store are discussing The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper. During our members’ February reading, bushfires broke our around Victoria. Then a couple of weeks later, the County Court lifted its ban on the reporting of the George Pell case and subsequent sentencing. All of this – plus Hooper’s utterly compelling and cleverly-constructed...

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And the other winners are …

Congratulations to Queensland journalist and writer Trent Dalton for winning both the Debut Fiction Award and the Overall Book of the Year Award at last Monday’s Indie Book Awards. His extraordinary novel Boy Swallows Universe has been one of My Bookshop’s bestsellers since it first arrived on our shelves last year. Dalton’s double win ensures the book will reach new...

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Stella Prize shortlist, now ready for reading

Last week judges of the 2019 Stella Prize announced their shortlist for this year’s award. The shortlisted books are: Little Gods by Jenny Ackland The Bridge by Enza Gandolfo Pink Mountain on Locust Island by Jamie Marina Lau, The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko Axiomatic by Maria Tumarkin   Judging panel chair Louise Swinn described the list as representing “an incredibly...

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Tim Winton’s masterpiece, now in paperback

There was great excitement this week when the new paperback edition of Tim Winton’s The Shepherd’s Hut arrived in store. It is almost a year to the day since the hardcover (and more expensive) edition of this stunning novel was published. Over the following months, we watched the book’s popularity soar as more readers discovered the tender story of traumatised WA teenager...

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After two years, Cardinal returns to our shelves

This week the County Court lifted suppression orders surrounding the trial of Cardinal George Pell. Shortly after the Court’s declaration, Melbourne University Publishing - publisher of journalist Louise Milligan’s controversial and award-winning book Cardinal – announced the book would once again be available for sale. We had huge success with Cardinal when it arrived in 2017; indeed, one of our best-attended author nights that...

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The Favourite, a true story

Earlier this week director Yorgos Lanthimos’s new film The Favourite cleaned up at the BAFTAs. Nominated for 10 Academy Awards, The Favourite tells the story of the unusually close friendship between England’s Queen Anne and two ladies of her court, Sarah, the Duchess of Marlborough and her cousin Abigail Hill, who manipulate to become the Queen’s favourite. Writes David Edelstein of Vulture:...

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Toni Jordan on The Book Pod

The latest episode of The Book Pod is now available for download. Please join My Bookshop’s Corrie Perkin, in conversation with Melbourne writer Toni Jordan. The topic: Toni’s new novel The Fragments– recently described by internationally-renown author Liane Moriarty as “a thrilling, atmospheric, unforgettable story”, and long-listed for the 2019 Indie Book Awards. Toni is a longtime friend of My...

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 10 of our Summer best

The Christmas break is over and Summer enters her final month. Hawksburn village life has returned to normal and our staff are busy unpacking new February titles.We are also having many discussions with our customers about the books they read over Summer, the ones they love, and the ones they intend to recommend to friends. Our informal poll indicates several...

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