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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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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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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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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 crime books of 2020

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books and music of the past 12 months. Here are our top five crime 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 Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan

Razor-sharp Irish Detective Cormac Reilly returns for another utterly riveting police procedural in …

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The best classical albums of 2020

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books and music of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 classical 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.) Elgar: Violin Concerto by Nicola Benedetti, Petr Limonov, London Philharmonic Orchestra & Vladimir Jurowski

Scottish-Italian violin…

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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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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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