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The Stella Prize longlist 2021

The longlist for this year’s Stella Prize has been announced. This $50,000 prize is awarded for the best work of literature, fiction or non-fiction by an Australian woman published in 2020.

Chair of the 2021 Stella Prize judging panel, Zoya Patel, says: “The 2021 Stella Prize longlist demonstrates the breadth of expression present in Australian literature, and the importance of raising the pr…

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What we’re reading: a deep-dive into Scottish literature and a round-up from our head book buyer

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on, or the music we’re loving. Our head book buyer Alison Huber has been busy reading for the year ahead while still finding the time to catch up with friends from Middle-earth.

I’m just back to work after three weeks of annual leave. I set myself a pretty challenging read…

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25% off fiction favourites

This month we have an exclusive online offer on a select range of popular fiction titles! Buy any title from the fiction favourites collection, use the code 25OFF at checkout and receive a 25% discount on participating titles. From Hugo award-winning science fiction to gut-wrenchingly powerful contemporary debuts, there’s nothing but treasure in this collection of literary gems.

This offer is e…

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The best new crime reads in March

by Fiona Hardy

Our crime specialist shares 11 great crime reads to look out for this month. CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH Long, Long Afternoon by Inga Vesper

In a picture-perfect house in 1959, model housewife Joyce Haney goes to the mall for some shopping, returns home, and then vanishes, leaving behind nothing except a bloodstain on the kitchen floor, a screaming baby, and a terrified young daughter.

Det…

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On Events, with Chris Gordon

by Chris Gordon

I don’t know about you, but I am not leaving Victoria this year. Travel seems like some sort of far-flung concept of another era. Luckily, however, we still have the ability to hear from authors, artists and thought leaders from all over the world. Coming up in March, I am thrilled to let you know that the Readings event program is reaching across the seas to bring you stories from all over, as w…

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Dear Reader, with Jackie Tang

by Jackie Tang

It’s a shorter column this month and the books are too good for me to waffle on with an introduction, so I will get straight to it, starting with Fiction Book of the Month, the highly anticipated new Kazuo Ishiguro novel, Klara and the Sun. Ishiguro once again quietly picks apart themes of sacrifice and authenticity in this finely wrought work that ‘illustrates [his] mastery and his ability to co…

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Mark’s Say: March, 2021

by Mark Rubbo

For some Australian publishers, growth has come by expanding into other markets. Publisher Hardie Grant has been very successful setting up companies in the US and UK, and so has Scribe Publications. Black Inc. had a go too, but publisher Morry Schwartz is now trying a different tack by taking over the London-based Jewish Quarterly. Founded in 1953, it was rooted in the Eastern European Jewish tr…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Performance by Claire Thomas

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Growing Up Disabled in Australia edited by Carly Findlay

Reset by Ross Garnaut

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

Land by Simon Winchester

How to Avoid a Climate Disaster by Bill Gates

The Animals in That Country by Laura Jean McKay

The Imitator by Rebecca Starford

Our bestseller from the past…

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What we’re reading: Saunders, Forsyth, and Maas

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on, or the music we’re loving. Joe Rubbo is reading A Swim in a Pond in the Rain by George Saunders

Some of George Saunders happiest memories arise from teaching Russian short stories to a small group of students - 6, to be exact, chosen from a pool of 600 - at Syracuse Un…

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