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The Readings guide to the Women’s Prize 2021 shortlist, with Chris Gordon

With the Women’s Prize for Fiction winner’s announcement delayed until September, we now have even more time to read our way through the outstanding titles on this year’s shortlist. Not sure where to start? Our programming and events manager Chris Gordon has read her way through the list and is here to help.

There are so many reasons to support the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist. Fir…

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Dear Reader, July 2021

by Alison Huber

Our Books of the Month for July have much in common. Both happen to be written by multi- talented women who are not only beautiful writers but are also artists and lawyers, and their books each explore the special connection between mothers and daughters, and the ways in which trauma and grief travel across and coalesce within that unique relationship. In fiction, Larissa Behrendt’s wonderful new…

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On Events, with Chris Gordon

by Chris Gordon

One of my favourite words in the entire English language is flurry. I enjoy saying there was a flurry of activity, of excitement, or indeed of change. During the month of June, one could say, I was in a flurry. The dreaded virus meant that our planned events were disrupted, postponed and reconsidered. I know everyone in Melbourne also felt flurries of activity following each daily announcement; I…

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Mark’s Say: July, 2021

by Mark Rubbo

If you’ve been to a literary event in Melbourne, chances are you’ve come across Antoni Jach. Softly spoken, always enquiring, he is often seen intensely listening to the speaker and then afterwards in animated conversation. An artist, novelist and playwright, he’s the author of three published novels, but he’s best known as a teacher and mentor to many writers since he started teaching writing at…

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What we’re reading: Winman, Stubbins & Moreno-Garcia

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. Alexa Dretzke is reading Still Life by Sarah Winman.

Step away from a world of Covid and into the embrace of Sarah Winman’s new novel Still Life. Let it take you to Florence at the end of World War II and let its big-hearted storytelling keep…

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A spotlight on Future Girl by Asphyxia

Future Girl is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize. Future Girl is a remarkable illustrated story about Piper, a Deaf girl, who lives in a near-future inner-city Melbourne where food security is under threat. Our judges described it as ‘thought-provoking and hopeful.’ We asked author Asphyxia about her inspiration, writing advice and balancing text a…

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Novels exploring modern alienation

You’re not alone if you’ve been wondering whether digital connections are ties that bind.

In 2021, our online lives neatly overlay our in-person existence and experiences through both technologies immediacy as well as its ubiquity. And yet, the distance between what we think versus how we feel, how we act versus what we desire, and how we present offline versus our online persona, for many, has …

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For book clubs who know the political is personal… Whisper Songs by Tony Birch

In this stunning collection Tony Birch invites the reader into a tender conversation with those he loves - and has loved - the most. He also challenges the past to speak up by interrogating the archive, including documents from his own family history, highlighting forcefully the ways in which the personal is also i…

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