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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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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 Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo Phosphorescence by Julia Baird A Lonely Girl is a Dangerous Thing by Jessie Tu Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld Utopia Avenue by Dav…

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Tara June Winch wins the Miles Franklin Literary Award 2020

Tara June Winch has been named the winner of this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award for The Yield.

Knowing that he will soon die, Albert ‘Poppy’ Gondiwindi takes pen to paper. His life has been spent on the banks of the Murrumby River at Prosperous House, on Massacre Plains, and he is now determined to pass on the language of his people and everything that was ever remembered. His granddaught…

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What we’re reading: Mildenhall, Mantel & Godwin

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. Tye Cattanach is reading When Rain Turns to Snow by Jane Godwin

When Rain Turns to Snow might just be the most original middle grade novel I have ever read. A premise unlike any other that I can recall, this intriguing mystery introduces an u…

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The Davitt Awards shortlist 2020

Sisters in Crime has announced the shortlists for the 2020 Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women. Here are the shortlisted books in each category: Adult crime novels Bruny by Heather Rose Eight Lives by Susan Hurley Life Before by Carmel Reilly Present Tense by Natalie Conyer The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan Six Minutes by Petronella McGovern The Trespassers by Meg Munde…

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A spotlight on translated fiction this month

This month we’re recommending five new works of translated fiction – from France, Argentina, South Korea and Sweden. The Disaster Tourist by Yun Ko-eun (translated by Lizzie Buehler)

Yona has been stuck behind a desk for years working for Jungle, a travel company specialising in package holidays to destinations ravaged by disaster. When a senior colleague touches her inappropriately, the co…

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