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What we’re reading: Clarke, Moreno-Garcia & Mantel

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.

Amanda Rayner is reading Mantel Pieces by Hilary Mantel

Thank goodness for Hilary Mantel this year. In 2020 I have read/re-read over 2000 pages of her writing and the release of her final book in the Wolf Hall trilogy was so exciting that I …

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The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards winners 2020

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian literature and history makes to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life.

Congratulations to this year’s winning authors!

Fiction winner:
The Yield by Tara June Winch

Non-fiction co-winners:
Sea People by Christina Thompson & William Collins
Songspirals by Gay’wu Gro…

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Kids books that were perfect for 2020

by Leanne Hall

It’s been an unpredictable and challenging year, but somehow, children’s book were there for us all the way. Here’s a list of kids books that were perfect for the events of 2020. Change Starts with Us by Sophie Beer

This uplifting and colourful board book by award-winning Australian author-illustrator Sophie Beer is full of suggestions of simple, achievable things that young ones can do to …

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My five favourite reads of 2020

by Ellen Cregan

Online bookseller Ellen Cregan shares her five favourite reads of the year – from vivid, fragmented memoir and elegant Gothic fiction, to a funny, smart queer anti-romance perfect for summer reading. The Adversary by Ronnie Scott

Each year I try to read plenty of Australian fiction, and 2020 was no different. This debut novel was a stand-out of this year’s cohort, and is one of the best ne…

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The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists 2021

The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists for 2021 have been revealed. Congratulations to all the shortlistees!

PRIZE FOR FICTION The Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flanagan Our Shadows by Gail Jones The Animals in That Country by Laura Jean McKay The Coconut Children by Vivian Pham

Highly commended:

Revenge by S.L. Lim Smart Ovens for Lonely People by Elizabeth Tan…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart A Promised Land by Barack Obama A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough Loving Country by Bruce Pascoe & Vicky Shukuroglou The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams Ottolenghi FLAVOUR by Yotam Ottolenghi & Ixta Belfrage The Survivors by Jane Harper All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton Quarterly Essay 80: The High Road by Laura Tingle What Is to Be Done by…

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Book & chocolate pairings to celebrate Jólabókaflóð this year

Over the past few weeks, we’ve been compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Jólabókaflóð (say it with us, yo-la-bok-a-flot) is the Icelandic tradition of exchanging books and chocolate with loved ones on Christmas Eve. It might be too hot for the blankets and fireplace snuggles of a Nordic Christmas here in Australia, but we’re very happy to embrace the gift of …

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What we’re reading: Ephron, Obama & Schlink

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. Mark Rubbo is reading Olga by Bernhard Schlink (translated by Charlotte Collins)

I’m been reading Olga by Bernhard Schlink. This is the first book of Schlink’s I’ve read since The Reader in 2017, and I’m very much enjoying it. I particularly…

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Escapist novels to take a break from the world

Fed up with the relentless 24 hour news cycle? Dealing with a noisy family? Or maybe you have an extremely large pile of washing lurking in your peripheral vision… Whatever your predicament, sometimes you just need a great book to drown the world out. These 10 novels will help you take a well-deserved break from whatever minor chaos you’re facing. Ghosts by Dolly Alderton


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