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Our favourite books of 2020 (so far)

Our staff share the best books they’ve read so far this year, including new releases and older titles just discovered.

I’ve read a fair bit this year, all things considered, but I have two clear fiction favourites: Weather by Jenny Offill, and The Animals in that Country by Laura Jean McKay. Both are brilliant and subversive, and star real women dealing with the effects of the ground shifting …

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What we’re reading: Perret, Wright & Mildenhall

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 Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall (available September)

I was kept wide awake last night because of bloody Kate Mildenhall’s forthcoming novel, The Mother Fault. Set in Australia in the near (but please god, let it n…

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A spotlight on translated fiction this month

If you’re looking to read more works in translation this year, we’ve compiled a list of seven new works of fiction that bring you voices from around the world. Minor Detail by Adania Shibli (translated by Elisabeth Jaquette)

Minor Detail revolves around a brutal crime committed one year after the War of 1948 – which Palestinians mourn as the Nakba, the catastrophe that led to the displaceme…

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Our top picks for book clubs this month

For book clubs who love vital portraits of the immigrant experience… Dominicana by Angie Cruz

On New Year’s Day, 1965, Ana leaves behind everything she knows in the Dominican Republic to marry a man twice her age, and hopefully provide an opportunity for her entire close-knit family. She becomes Ana Ruiz, a wife confined to a cold six-floor walk-up in Washington Heights. Lonely and miserable…

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A spotlight on Devil’s Ballast by Meg Caddy

Devil’s Ballast is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize.

Anne Bonny was eighteen when she ran away from her violent husband, James, and teamed up with the pirate Calico Jack. Now she’s passing as a cabin boy on Jack’s ship and playing her part in a ruthless crew that is causing terror for all aboard the ships of the Caribbean. But James Bonny still w…

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Our children’s & YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

Welcome To Country by Lisa Kennedy & Aunty Joy Murphy Our Home, Our Heartbeat by Adam Briggs, Kate Moon & Rachael Sarra Finding Our Heart by Thomas Mayor & Blak Douglas Respect by Aunty Fay Muir, Sue Lawson & Lisa Kennedy The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins Take the Shot by Susan White Sorry Day by Coral Vass & Dub Leffler Young Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Bluey: Big Backyard The

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Australian books for lovers of weird fiction

Why would anyone want to read a ‘normal’ book when they could read a weird one? We’ve put together a list of surreal, mind-bending, reality-shattering, odd and impossible stories for readers who prefer to keep things interesting. Mammoth by Chris Flynn

Narrated by a 13,000-year-old extinct American mastodon, Mammoth is the (mostly) true story of how the skull of a Tyrannosaurus bataar, a pt…

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What we’re reading: Lindgren, Bonney & Neeme

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 The End of the World Is Bigger than Love by Davina Bell

Davina Bell has delivered a beautifully imagined, magical new fairy tale that exists in the same realm of sophisticated magical realism that brings to mind the e…

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