News and Commentary

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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Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards announced

The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards were announced last night. Conceived by the State Government in 1985 to honour Australian writing, the awards cover seven categories with each winner receiving $25,000, and the winner of the Prize for an Unpublished Manuscript receiving $15,000. The Victorian Prize for Literature, worth an additional $100,000, is then awarded to one of the seven category...

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This week at My Bookshop

It’s been a buzzy week at My Bookshop. New August releases are arriving daily, the publisher reps have been visiting with their bountiful October and November booklists, Corrie is in planning mode for My Bookshop’s new book podcast (more on this later this month), and work has started on our annual Summer Reading Guide, due in October.  Adding to this...

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Man Booker longlist announced

The announcement this week of the Man Booker Prize longlist caused considerable consternation among publishing circles. While the decision to include books by seven women writers among the 13 novels was universally applauded, many observers are asking if the world’s most prestigious literary award has lost its way by focusing on buzz themes and edgy young UK and US writers...

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