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Non-fiction to help us rethink the world

It’s fair to say that 2020 has been a difficult year for many reasons. However, it can help to see this time as an opportunity to make changes and work towards a new kind of future. Here are some thought-provoking works that could help us to envision what that could look like. Glimpses of Utopia by Jess Scully

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney, Jess Scully is an advocate for the creative econ…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Beatrix Bakes by Natalie Paull The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams Phosphorescence by Julia Baird The Bird Way by Jennifer Ackerman The Yield by Tara June Winch A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld Women and Leadership by Julia Gillard & Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump Kokomo by Victoria Hannan

Natalie Paull once again tops…

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What we’re reading: Ireland, Marney & Majumdar

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. Tye Cattanach is reading Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

I usually avoid Zombie novels, or Zombie related anything actually. I find them utterly terrifying. I listened to the Zombies, Run! phone app for five whole minutes a few years back and…

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12 smart, fun reads to stay in with

Spending evenings at home can be made much more enjoyable with a good book. Here are some of our best recent picks for smart, fun reads to snuggle up with. Writers & Lovers by Lily King

Aspiring writer Casey is living alone in a potting shed, grieving the death of her mother, trying not to think about her ex-lover, earning a pittance as a waitress, and labouring over a novel that she began …

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The Wainwright Prize shortlists 2020

Now in its seventh year, The Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing is awarded annually to the book which most successfully inspires readers to explore the outdoors and to nurture a respect for the natural world. In 2020, the prize has been extended to include a second category for books about global conservation and climate change.

Below are the two shortlists for each category.

The 2020 Wainw…

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Chris Gordon shares her top picks for MWF Digital: Week 1

by Chris Gordon

Our head of events and programming, Chris Gordon, shares her top picks for the first weekend of this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. The 2020 festival runs from 7-16 August, and will be entirely online.

Lockdown in Melbourne is tough the second time round. We are all starting to fray at the edges, watch television we wouldn’t have dreamed of months ago, and our gardens are all weed-free. Wh…

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The Booker Prize for Fiction longlist 2020

The longlist for the 2020 Booker Prize has just been announced.

The 13 books listed on the longlist are:

The New Wilderness by Diane Cook This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi Who They Was by Gabriel Krauze The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel Apeirogon by Colum McCann The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid Real Life by Brandon Taylor …

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Yield by Tara June Winch Women and Leadership by Julia Gillard & Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams Beatrix Bakes by Natalie Paull Phosphorescence by Julia Baird The Order by Daniel Silva The Powerbroker by Michael Gawenda Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo

Our bestsellin…

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