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Dear Reader, July 2020

by Alison Huber

If you feel like your head will explode if you hear the phrases ‘unprecedented times’ or ‘new normal’ again, then you are in the right place. Welcome to an experience that will take you back to a more comfortable era, delivering a familiar kind of ‘old normal’ that should bring you some feeling of nostalgic relief: perusing an excellent edition of the Readings Monthly. This month’s issue is overf…

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Five recent novels about writers & writing

The lives of writers, real or imagined, can make for fascinating novels, often dwelling in the intersection between art and life, between creativity and domesticity. Here we recommend five recent novels that feature writers as key characters. You can also browse our collection of novels about writers below to find even more recommendations. Breasts and Eggs by Mieko Kawakami (translated by S…

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New books matched to winter bevvies

Winter is well and truly here, and what better way to spend the long, dark nights than kicking back with a good book with a delicious drink. We’ve paired some favourite new books with their ideal liquid partners. Sticks and Stones by Katherine Firkin

It’s winter in Melbourne and Detective Emmett Corban is starting to regret his promotion to head of the Missing Persons Unit, as the routine r…

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Immersive family dramas from Australian voices

Families can be relied on as deep wells for dramatic narratives. Whether it’s secrets held for decades, long separations, mysterious disappearances, disputed memories or tragic accidents, there’s nothing quite like sinking into an immersive story about family bonds being put to the test. Stone Sky Gold Mountain by Mirandi Riwoe

When family circumstances force siblings Ying and Lai Yue to fl…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Phosphorescence by Julia Baird Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss After Australia edited by Michael Mohammed Ahmad Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams The Yield by Tara June Winch Beatrix Bakes by Natalie Paull Normal People by Sally Rooney

Julia Baird tops o…

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Six books for Gen Z readers

Gen Z are voracious content consumers, and yes, many of them really do still love and read print books. Here are some of our best picks for books that feature vital young voices, and foreground the concerns of a generation facing a challenging future.

Homeland Calling by Desert Pea Media & Ellen van Neerven (editor)

Homeland Calling is a collection of poems created from hip-hop song lyrics…

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Six books for millennial readers

Millennials are well-represented in contemporary books, as both authors and fictional characters. Here are some of our best picks that represent the search for self and longing for stability that are characteristic of this generation.

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Emira Tucker is an African-American college graduate trying to figure out her future while babysitting white speaker/entrepreneu…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss Phosphorescence by Julia Baird Normal People by Sally Rooney After Australia edited by Michael Mohammed Ahmad Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld

Two…

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Our favourite books of 2020 (so far)

Our staff share the best books they’ve read so far this year, including new releases and older titles just discovered.

I’ve read a fair bit this year, all things considered, but I have two clear fiction favourites: Weather by Jenny Offill, and The Animals in that Country by Laura Jean McKay. Both are brilliant and subversive, and star real women dealing with the effects of the ground shifting …

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