Books posts

A spotlight on translated fiction this month

If you’re looking to read more works in translation this year, we’ve compiled a list of nine new works of fiction that bring you voices from around the world. I’m Staying Here by Marco Balzano (translated by Jill Foulston)

Curon, 1920. In a small village in South Tyrol, Trina longs for a different life. She dedicates herself to becoming a teacher, but the year that she qualifies Mussolini’s…

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The best new crime reads in May

by Fiona Hardy

He Started It by Samantha Downing

To say a book has a twist is sometimes a spoiler: you’ll find yourself living in a constant state of suspense, waiting for when it’ll happen. I don’t think saying that He Started It has twists is any kind of spoiler, because, dear reader, this book is absolutely packed with them. Every chapter ends with a new shock. Surprises come out of every corner. And I lo

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Books to inspire hope

If you’re in need a bookish pick-me-up, we’ve put together some of some recent reads that have lifted our spirits and made us feel a little more hopeful. Our suggested boosters include the very best of art and culture, public policy, activism, Indigenous poetry, self-reflection, philosophy and radical visions for the future – in short, every kind of inspiration we can find! Phosphorescence

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The best psychological thrillers to curl up with in Autumn

As we head deeper into autumn, nights are getting longer and chillier, and conditions are perfect for wrapping up in a blanket, pouring a cup of tea, and losing yourself in a twisty, turny, psychological thriller. Here are some of our favourite picks to keep you on the edge of your (comfortable) seat. Elly by Maike Wetzel (translated by Lyn Marven)

11-year-old Elly is missing. After an exte…

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Literary mysteries for book lovers

We’ve got you covered if you’re in the mood for a mystery read that will expand your mind, take you deep into worlds and use some beautiful language along the way. Here are some of our favourite literary books with a mystery at their heart (or if you prefer, mysteries with a literary bent).

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

In 1901, the word ‘Bondmaid' was discovered missing fro…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Phosphorescence by Julia Baird A Bigger Picture by Malcolm Turnbull Normal People by Sally Rooney The Adversary by Ronnie Scott The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel After Australia edited by Michael Mohammed Ahmad (available 26 May) Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo The Loudness of Unsaid Things by Hil…

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Books we’ve always pretended to have read…

It is a sad and inescapable reality of working at a bookshop that one can not read every book that comes through the door. At times, we simply must resort to handselling titles based on what we’ve heard from others, instead of our own first-hand experiences. With Covid-19 causing Readings to temporarily close the doors of our physical shops, a number of our booksellers have been home, self-isola…

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Book recommendations from the EWF programming team

The team at Emerging Writers’ Festival have been spending their time looking after their houseplants, planning their entirely online festival for 2020 and of course, reading. Here’s what they’ve been sinking their teeth into during isolation.

“Carmen Maria Machado is such an awe-inspiring (and I usually hate that phrase!) writer and her experimentation with form is chef’s kiss. She’s probably …

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Book recommendations from the Victorian Women’s Trust

We asked the team at Victorian Women’s Trust to share what they’ve been reading in isolation. Here’s what they said. From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories by Mark McKenna

“If there remains any need to drive the last nail in the coffin of terra nullius, this is it, with riveting historical accounts of overlooked or forgotten encounters between Indigenous people and White Europeans.”


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