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Latest Book News: Introducing Better Reading’s Weekly Round-Up

October 26, 2018

Lots happens in the world of books, and sometimes it’s hard to keep up with all the latest news, releases, events, and festivals. So, to make sure you’re always in the know, we’re introducing the Better Reading Weekly Round-Up.

Welcome to the first edition:


First, there’s some exciting news about some much-loved 2018 titles, as well as some updates about some new and emerging titles to add to our to-be-read pile (which, we know, is growing taller with each passing day).

Dervla McTiernan Shortlisted for 2018 Irish Book Awards

Dervla McTiernan has been shortlisted for the 2018 Irish Book Awards for her stunning debut, The Ruin. This will come as no surprise to those of you who have read the book – it’s a remarkable novel, and a huge achievement for the Perth-based author.

2018 Queensland Literary Award Winners Announced

Winners of the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards have been announced. The total cash prize of $240, 00 was spread across a range of categories, with the winner of each category scoring a generous prize of $10, 00 upwards. You can read the full list of winners here.

2018 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction Winner Announced

Jennifer Down’s short story collection Pulse Points has won the 2018 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. The prize, now in its 5th year and valued at $3000, recognises the work of emerging/early-career Australian writers.

The Most Underrated Book Award 2018 Shortlist Released

The Most Underrated Book Award 2018 shortlist has been announced. Now in its 7th year, the award celebrates the years’ ‘hidden gems,’ and this year’s shortlist is an exciting mix of memoir, fiction, and short stories. You can view the shortlist here.


Writing festivals are great – they celebrate the importance of books, connect us with authors, and are a great way to learn more about what’s happening in the book world. Here are some upcoming festivals to look out for in October and early November:

The Digital Writers’ Festival:

The Digital Writers’ Festival is an online events program dedicated to celebrating Australian writing and writers. The festival consists of events, discussions, and online activities that utilise the technology we have, and the accessibility it gives us to participate. No matter where you are in Australia, you can partake in this festival – all you need is an Internet connection! You can read more about the festival here. 

The West Coast Fiction Festival:

If you’re in Western Australia, then you won’t want to miss The West Coast Fiction Festival. Running on the 3rd of November, this festival is an all-day author signing with 60 best-selling Australian writers. It’s a great opportunity to meet writers and like-minded book people, all the while raising money for charity. You can read more about the festival here.

That’s it for the week Keep an eye on our Facebook page for future bookish news bulletins. Happy Reading!


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