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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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What we’re reading: Schweblin, Daylight & Fannin

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 The Weight of Love by Hilary Fannin

One of my friends gave me a new novel, The Weight of Love by Irish author Hilary Fannin to read during these tough times. She said, this is just for fun … but while I enjoyed reading…

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Eight unsettling reads for midwinter

During difficult times, some people like to read fun books to escape the grim mood – and some people like to read books that allow them to press on the feeling. If you want to lean into the dark months of winter and the disquiet of lockdown, then we’ve put together some of the best new books that use horror, dystopia, stark reality, black comedy and extreme oddity to unsettle. Death in Her H

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Announcing the 2020 Melbourne Writers Festival digital program

The 2020 program for the Melbourne Writers Festival has been announced, and we are thrilled to see such a fantastic line-up of local and international writers. The program runs from 7-16 August, and will be entirely online this year. MWF Digital has adopted a Pay What You Can ticketing model for 2020 to ensure greatest access for all, and tickets are on sale now. Find out everything you need to …

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Lisa Fuller wins the Readings Young Adult Book Prize 2020

by Angela Crocombe

We are absolutely delighted to announce Ghost Bird by Lisa Fuller as the winner of the Readings Young Adult Book Prize for 2020. Ghost Bird is a terrifying and spooky thriller set in country Australia and against a backdrop of family relationships, small- town grudges and casual racism. It is a cracking read for ages 14 through to adult that will scare the pants off you and make you question your…

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Matilda Woods wins the Readings Children’s Book Prize 2020

by Kim Gruschow

We are thrilled to share that the winner of this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize is The Girl, The Cat & the Navigator by Matilda Woods! This thrilling high-seas tale will enchant readers of ages 7–12 years.

Eleven-year-old Oona longs for adventures, but as a girl in Nordor – a town where houses are built from wood that comes from shipwrecks and sway as though still at sea – she must stay d…

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