Books posts

A spotlight on translated fiction this month

This month we’re recommending five new works of translated fiction – from France, Argentina, South Korea and Sweden. The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-eun (translated by Lizzie Buehler)

Yona has been stuck behind a desk for years working for Jungle, a travel company specialising in package holidays to destinations ravaged by disaster. When a senior colleague touches her inappropriately, the co…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For book clubs who love literary trendsetters… A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu

Jena Lin plays the violin. She was once a child prodigy and now uses sex to fill the void left by fame. Her professional life comprises rehearsals, concerts, auditions and relentless practice; her personal life is spent managing the demands of her strict family and creative friends, and hooking up. …

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The best new crime reads in July

by Fiona Hardy

Our crime specialist shares eight great crime reads to look out for this month. CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH The Safe Place by Anna Downes

Emily is a receptionist and an aspiring actress in London when her life falls abruptly apart. Fired from her job, dropped by her agent and kicked out of her disgusting flat all at once, she’s at her very lowest point when her old boss Scott comes to her wi…

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NAIDOC week 2020 has moved to November

Last week it was announced that National NAIDOC Week 2020 celebrations will now be held from 8-15 November, instead of this week. This decision has been made due to the impacts and uncertainty from the ongoing public health crisis. Regardless, now still feels like a critical time to be reading First Nations voices. Here, some of our staff share their picks for what book you could be reading in Ju…

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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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