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The best new crime reads in September

Two of our dedicated crime specialists, Fiona Hardy and Kate McIntosh, share their best picks for crime readers to look out for this month. CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH Electric Blue by Paul F. Verhoeven

“Sometimes it’s pretty easy to categorise a crime book. I’ll say ‘procedural’, or ‘psychological thriller’, and while every book is original, you’ll have an idea of what to expect. Then you g…

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The Voss Literary Prize longlist 2020

The longlist for the 2020 Voss Literary Prize has been announced.

The longlisted titles are:

The Year of the Beast by Steven Carroll Crossings by Alex Landragin Simpson Returns by Wayne Macauley The Rich Man’s House by Andrew McGahan The Palace of Angels by Mohammed Massoud Morsi The Trespassers by Meg Mundell Fusion by Kate Richards Exploded View by Carrie Tiffany Wolfe Island by Lucy Treloar…

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A message from our programming and events manager

by Chris Gordon

I’ve been considering the collective noun for Melburnians of late, and have come up with ‘despondency’ as a term that seems to capture how we are all feeling: a little lost, a little sad and a little worried. Some days this emotion weighs heavily on me; I rise and don my activewear, walk for my allotted hour, talk with my family, tidy a little and contemplate dinner. But there are moments in my d…

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Enter our Readings Jigsaw Puzzle competition

We have a brand new version of our popular Readings Jigsaw Puzzle in stock, available now from our shops and online.

Featuring a beautiful picture taken by Melbourne photographer Chris Middleton from inside our Carlton store, this intricate 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle shows a selection of Australian fiction titles and offers hours of entertainment.

To celebrate our puzzle’s release, we’re offering…

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Maggie O'Farrell wins the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2020

Irish-British novelist Maggie O'Farrell has won the 2020 Women’s Prize for Fiction for Hamnet, a fictionalised imagining of the death of William Shakespeare’s 11-year-old son.

A stunning portrait of bereavement and a richly-detailed glimpse into 16th century England, Hamnet is a story of the bond between twins, and of a marriage pushed to the brink. It is also the story of a kestrel and its mis…

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What we’re reading: Cline, Gifford & Stayman-London

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. Lian Hingee is reading One To Watch by Kate Stayman-London

I’ve just finished reading One To Watch by Kate Stayman-London about a plus-size fashion blogger who becomes the new love interest in a Bachelor-esque TV show called The Main Squeeze.…

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Winners of the Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2020

The Wilderness Society has revealed the winners of this year’s Environment Award for Children’s Literature. This award is presented annually to fiction and nonfiction books that ‘foster a love of wild places and wildlife in young Australians’ and ‘encourage a sense of responsibility for our natural world’.

Here are the winners for all three categories…

Picture Fiction One Careless Night by…

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The Baillie Gifford Prize longlist 2020

The £50,000 Baillie Gifford Prize is the UK’s most prestigious award for nonfiction writing. This year’s longlist features a diverse list of topics. Two former winners are listed – Barbara Demick and , as well as the youngest ever author in prize history to be longlisted – 16-year old activist and autism advocate Dara McAnulty.

The titles on the 2020 longlist are:

One Two Three Four by Craig B…

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