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The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist 2020

by Joe Rubbo

Congratulations to the six emerging Australian authors who feature on this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist: Lauren Aimee Curtis, Joey Bui, Yumna Kassab, Laura Jean McKay, Elizabeth Tan and Jessie Tu. Joe Rubbo, our Carlton shop manager and chair of the 2020 judging panel, shares more details below.

The world was a different place when the other judges – Kara Nichols…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku Kokomo by Victoria Hannan The Yield by Tara June Winch When America Stopped Being Great by Nick Bryant A Year of Simple Family Food by Julia Busuttil Nishimura (available 25 August) A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville Phosphorescence by Julia Baird The Golden Maze by Richard Fidler The Labyrinth by Amanda Lohrey Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evarist…

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What we’re reading: Smith, Coley & Rosoff

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. Leanne Hall is reading I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

I Capture the Castle has been on my radar for many years - ever since I fell in love with Michelle Cooper’s The Montmaray Journals series, and realised how often readers of those book…

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Five captivating reads for grown-ups who love fairy tales

We recommend five terrific works of fiction for grown-up lovers of the magic and other-worldliness of fairy tales. Find more suggestions by browsing the collections below. Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings

Bettina Scott lives a tidy, quiet life in Runagate, tending to her delicate mother and their well-kept garden after her father and brothers disappear. Then a note arrives that sends Bettina in…

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Fiction to warm & nurture

Here are some of our best picks for people who are looking for books to soothe and cheer – the kind of stories that you can wrap yourself up in and disappear from the world for a while. You can find even more picks by browsing our collections below. Summer by Ali Smith

In the present, Sacha knows the world’s in trouble. Her brother Robert just is trouble. Their mother and father are having…

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Historical fiction inspired by important true stories

We recommend six terrific works of historical fiction inspired by real-life events that give readers insight into the past – and prompts us to question how it shapes our present and future. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

When Elwood Curtis arrives at The Nickel Academy, which claims to provide ‘physical, intellectual and moral training’ which will equip its inmates to become ‘honourabl…

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Our children’s & YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

Bluey: My Dad is Awesome The Girl, the Cat & the Navigator by Matilda Woods Found by Bruce Pascoe & Charmaine Ledden-Lewis Welcome To Country (Board book edition) by Lisa Kennedy & Aunty Joy Murphy Marshmallow Pie: The Cat Superstar (Book 1) by Clara Vulliamy Ghost Bird by Lisa Fuller The Erasure Initiative by Lili Wilkinson Wild About Dads by Philip Bunting Across the Risen Sea by Bren MacDibb…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville The Yield by Tara June Winch Women and Leadership by Julia Gillard & Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku Kokomo by Victoria Hannan Phosphorescence by Julia Baird Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo The Inner Self by Hugh Mackay Intimations: Six Essays by Zadie Smith To Asia, with Love by Hetty McKinnon (available 29 September)…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For book clubs who want a novel of recovery… The Labyrinth by Amanda Lohrey

Erica Marsden’s son, an artist, has been imprisoned for homicidal negligence. In a state of grief, Erica cuts off all ties to family and friends, and retreats to a quiet hamlet on the south-east coast near the prison where he is serving his sentence. There, in a rundown shack, she obsesses over creating a labyrinth b…

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