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What we’re reading: Persaud, Lehmann & Conte

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 The Tolstoy Estate by Steven Conte (available 2 September)

It’s been hard to find time to read during this second lockdown but then I picked up Conte’s second novel. Set in Russia during the second World War, Germany req…

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Which book should I read from the Readings Fiction Prize 2020 shortlist?

Are you having trouble deciding which of the six brilliant books on the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2020 shortlist to read? Then take our quiz to find out which one to pick up first… Grab a sheet of paper, write down the letters of your chosen answers and then tally them up before scrolling down to find out what your next book should be. QUESTION 1. WHEN READING A BOOK, DO YOU L…

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Marieke Lucas Rijneveld wins the International Booker Prize 2020

Marieke Lucas Rijneveld has been selected the winner of this year’s Man Booker International Prize for their debut novel, The Discomfort of Evening. Dutch author Rijneveld and English-language translator Michele Hutchison will share equally in the £50,000 prize.

A bestselling sensation in the Netherlands, The Discomfort of Evening is a highly original and extraordinary portrait of a family disto…

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The Ned Kelly Awards shortlists 2020

The Australian Crime Writers Association (ACWA) has announced the 2020 shortlists for the Ned Kelly Awards for the best in Australian crime writing.

Here are the shortlists in each category:

Best crime fiction Death of a Typographer by Nick Gadd
River of Salt by Dave Warner
The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan
The Strangers We Know by Pip Drysdale
True West by David Whish-Wilson
The Wife and the Wi

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Ten YA books you should read before the end of 2020

by Leanne Hall

Listen, August is basically done and dusted, and you know that time flies, so here is your friendly public service announcement: read as much YA as you can before the year is over! Because it’s good to know you’re not the only one feeling directionless… Loner by Georgina Young

Lona spends her days sneaking into the dark room of the art school she dropped out of, and her nights DJ-ing the r…

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Enter our How to Write the Soundtrack to Your Life competition

We are utterly delighted to have a brand-new children’s novel from author extraordinaire Fiona Hardy this month! How to Write the Soundtrack to Your Life is a funny and moving mystery about family, friendship and finding your voice.

To celebrate its release, we’re pleased to be partnering with publisher Affirm Press to offer Readings customers the chance to win an ultra-special music-making pri…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Happiest Man on Earth by Eddie Jaku Kokomo by Victoria Hannan The Yield by Tara June Winch When America Stopped Being Great by Nick Bryant A Year of Simple Family Food by Julia Busuttil Nishimura (available 25 August) A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville Phosphorescence by Julia Baird The Golden Maze by Richard Fidler The Labyrinth by Amanda Lohrey Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evarist…

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The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist 2020

by Joe Rubbo

Congratulations to the six emerging Australian authors who feature on this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist: Lauren Aimee Curtis, Joey Bui, Yumna Kassab, Laura Jean McKay, Elizabeth Tan and Jessie Tu. Joe Rubbo, our Carlton shop manager and chair of the 2020 judging panel, shares more details below.

The world was a different place when the other judges – Kara Nichols…

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What we’re reading: Smith, Coley & Rosoff

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. Leanne Hall is reading I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

I Capture the Castle has been on my radar for many years - ever since I fell in love with Michelle Cooper’s The Montmaray Journals series, and realised how often readers of those book…

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