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Popular TV shows of 2020 paired with books

Have you been binge-watching as much as we have this year? Don’t let it cut into your reading - here are some TV show-book matches made in heaven.

For fans of The Queen’s Gambit:

Try… The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung

From childhood, Katherine knows she is different, and that her parents are not who they seem to be. As an adult she embarks on a quest to conquer the Riemann hypothesis - th…

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My five favourite reads of 2020

by Jackie Tang

Our incoming Readings Monthly editor Jackie Tang shares five of her favourite books from the past year, including poetry, memoir, essays, short stories and YA! Forgotten Corners by Pete Hay

Have you ever read a book and thought to yourself, ‘How have I never read this author before?’ It’s magical, this feeling of discovery, and you immediately want to share it with those around you. I had t…

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Pete Hay wins the Small Press Network Book of the Year Award 2020

Tasmanian writer and environmentalist Pete Hay has been named the winner of the inaugural Small Press Network Book of the Year Award for his stunning essay collection, Forgotten Corners. Published by Walleah Press, this work brings together Hay’s essays that have been published since 2003 and is an urgent, timely read for us all.

The judges commented: ‘Tasmanian poet Pete Hay’s Forgotten Corners

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My five favourite reads of 2020

by Leanne Hall

Online bookseller and kids and YA author Leanne Hall shares five of her favourite reads from 2020, including an enthralling middle grade fantasy, a gripping crime debut, a highly imaginative anthology of terrific Australian writers, and more. The Republic of Birds by Jessica Miller

This atmospheric middle grade fantasy contains many of my favourite things: folk tales, sentient animals, maps…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart A Promised Land by Barack Obama Ottolenghi FLAVOUR by Yotam Ottolenghi & Ixta Belfrage Loving Country by Bruce Pascoe & Vicky Shukuroglou The Survivors by Jane Harper A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton What Is to Be Done by Barry Jones Death in Daylesford by Kerry Greenwoo…

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Tara June Winch wins the Voss Literary Prize 2020

Tara June Winch has been named the winner of the 2020 Voss Literary Prize 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 granddaughter, August G…

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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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