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

November 2, 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.

First authors announced for 2019 Adelaide Writers’ Week

A number of authors have been announced for the 2019 Adelaide Writers’ Week, which runs from 2-7 March 2019. Some familiar names that will be making an appearance include Chloe Hooper, Trent Dalton, Leigh Sales, Markus Zusak, Jane Harper, and Alice Nelson. The theme for the 2019 fetsival will be ‘Telling Truths’, with the full program being released in January next year.

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


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