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Lucy Treloar wins the Barbara Jefferis Award 2020

Congratulations to Lucy Treloar who has been named this year’s winner of the Barbara Jefferis Award for her immersive work of climate fiction, Wolfe Island.

Kitty Hawke is the last inhabitant of a dying island sinking into the wind-lashed Chesapeake Bay. She has resigned herself to annihilation until the night her pregnant granddaughter rows ashore, begging for sanctuary. Blood cannot be turned …

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Cookbook highlights from the year

by Chris Gordon

I’m proud to let you all know that this year, for the first time, I kept a sourdough starter in my fridge. I also watched my adult kids argue, chop, disagree, stir and use every dish in the house in order to create delicious family meals. This year my cookbooks were bent, splattered and marked for inspiration, for banana bread recipes, noodle soups, and quick, cheese-heavy meals. This year has gi…

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Art & design book highlights from the year

by Margaret Snowdon

Prehistorians propose that the arrival of art in the timeline of humanity’s history indicates a jump in our cognitive abilities, so Readings is happy to present to you some wonderful art and design books from this year to delight, entertain, inform and help our cognitive skills expand and grow, as surely this year has asked of us.

Starting close by, The Garden State offers a look inside an inspi…

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The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists 2020

The shortlists for this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced. These awards celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia.

Here are the full shortlists…

Fiction The Death of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee Exploded View by Carrie Tiffany Wolfe Island by Lucy Treloar The Yield by Tara June Winch The Weekend by Charlotte Wood Non-fiction Hearing Maud by Jessica White Sea Pe

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What we’re reading: Tan, Carey & Garner

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. Chris Gordon is reading One Day I’ll Remember This: Diaries 1987-1995 by Helen Garner

Along with the entire population of Melbourne, I’ve been reading Helen Garner’s new volume of diaries: One Day I’ll Remember This. This volume begins in 198…

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20 gifts under $20

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Here are 20 gift ideas under $20, perfect for office Kris Kringles and other Christmas needs. Find even more budget-friendly suggestions by browsing the collections below. Milkman by Anna Burns

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is b…

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A message from our programming & events manager

by Chris Gordon

I assume you are reading this because you love reading and you love bookshops. You love entering into a place where books are piled in shelves up to the ceiling because it is a habitat of endless possibilities. I assume you are reading this column because you have attended a Readings event, either online as we are currently running our events, or perhaps in the past at one of Readings’ beautiful …

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M John Harrison wins the Goldsmiths Prize 2020

Congratulations to M John Harrison who has won this year’s Goldsmiths Prize for his masterful work of speculative fiction, The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again.

This novel follows Shaw, a man in his 50s who is attempting to get his life back together following a breakdown. He’s engaged in an on-and-off love affair with Victoria, who’s moved to the midlands to renovate her dead mother’s house. Wh…

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