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Mark’s Say, November 2020

by Mark Rubbo

Well, Readings and most other Victorian bookshops are open again and it has been wonderful to see real people discovering books in our shops. Sadly, our shop in the State Library is yet to open and may not reopen before Christmas as the library has to be very cautious in managing the risk of COVID.

However, in good news, the winner of The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction this year is th…

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Dear Reader, November 2020

by Alison Huber

Each year, our staff members vote on their favourite books of the year, and each year at this time, I panic because I have, yet again, failed to keep a reading diary to remind me of all the books I’ve ploughed through in the year – and given this year’s events, one can be forgiven from forgetting what was read when, how, or where (or, for that matter, for abandoning books halfway through for no g…

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The best Australian fiction books of 2020

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books and music of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 Australian fiction books of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books and music here.) A Couple of Things Before the End by Sean O'Beirne

Newcomer Sean O'Beirne presents an incisive and frequently very funny po…

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The best non-fiction books of 2020

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books and music of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 non-fiction books of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books and music here.) Humankind by Rutger Bregman

Dutch historian and author Rutger Bregman looks back over thousands of years of history to offer a vie…

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The best young adult books of 2020

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books and music of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 young adult books of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books and music here.) The End of the World Is Bigger Than Love by Davina Bell

Twin sisters Summer and Winter live on a remote island, hiding from a dest…

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The best cookbooks of 2020

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books and music of the past 12 months. Here are our top five cookbooks of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books and music here.) A Year of Simple Family Food by Julia Busuttil Nishimura

A Year of Simple Family Food is a beautiful and inspiring offering from much-ad…

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The best international fiction books of 2020

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books and music of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 international fiction books of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books and music here.) The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Brit Bennett impresses with her brilliant second novel. A pacey and immersive read th…

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The best picture books of 2020

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books and music of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 picture books of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books and music here.) Your Birthday Was the BEST! by Maggie Hutchings & Felicita Sala

A happy-go-lucky cockroach crashes a birthday party with entirely hila…

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The best pop albums of 2020

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books and music of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 pop albums of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books and music here.) Gold Record by Bill Callahan

Bill Callahan is a storyteller, and Gold Record demonstrates his musical yarn-spinning at its very best. In …

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