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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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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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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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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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Five captivating reads for grown-ups who love fairy tales

We recommend five terrific works of fiction for grown-up lovers of the magic and other-worldliness of fairy tales. Find more suggestions by browsing the collections below. Flyaway by Kathleen Jennings

Bettina Scott lives a tidy, quiet life in Runagate, tending to her delicate mother and their well-kept garden after her father and brothers disappear. Then a note arrives that sends Bettina in…

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Fiction to warm & nurture

Here are some of our best picks for people who are looking for books to soothe and cheer – the kind of stories that you can wrap yourself up in and disappear from the world for a while. You can find even more picks by browsing our collections below. Summer by Ali Smith

In the present, Sacha knows the world’s in trouble. Her brother Robert just is trouble. Their mother and father are having…

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Historical fiction inspired by important true stories

We recommend six terrific works of historical fiction inspired by real-life events that give readers insight into the past – and prompts us to question how it shapes our present and future. The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

When Elwood Curtis arrives at The Nickel Academy, which claims to provide ‘physical, intellectual and moral training’ which will equip its inmates to become ‘honourabl…

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