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Cookbook highlights from the year

by Chris Gordon

I’m proud to let you all know that this year, for the first time, I kept a sourdough starter in my fridge. I also watched my adult kids argue, chop, disagree, stir and use every dish in the house in order to create delicious family meals. This year my cookbooks were bent, splattered and marked for inspiration, for banana bread recipes, noodle soups, and quick, cheese-heavy meals. This year has gi…

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The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists 2020

The shortlists for this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have been announced. These awards celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia.

Here are the full shortlists…

Fiction The Death of Jesus by J.M. Coetzee Exploded View by Carrie Tiffany Wolfe Island by Lucy Treloar The Yield by Tara June Winch The Weekend by Charlotte Wood Non-fiction Hearing Maud by Jessica White Sea Pe

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20 gifts under $20

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Here are 20 gift ideas under $20, perfect for office Kris Kringles and other Christmas needs. Find even more budget-friendly suggestions by browsing the collections below. Milkman by Anna Burns

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is b…

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What we’re reading: Tan, Carey & Garner

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 One Day I’ll Remember This: Diaries 1987-1995 by Helen Garner

Along with the entire population of Melbourne, I’ve been reading Helen Garner’s new volume of diaries: One Day I’ll Remember This. This volume begins in 198…

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A message from our programming & events manager

by Chris Gordon

I assume you are reading this because you love reading and you love bookshops. You love entering into a place where books are piled in shelves up to the ceiling because it is a habitat of endless possibilities. I assume you are reading this column because you have attended a Readings event, either online as we are currently running our events, or perhaps in the past at one of Readings’ beautiful …

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M John Harrison wins the Goldsmiths Prize 2020

Congratulations to M John Harrison who has won this year’s Goldsmiths Prize for his masterful work of speculative fiction, The Sunken Land Begins to Rise Again.

This novel follows Shaw, a man in his 50s who is attempting to get his life back together following a breakdown. He’s engaged in an on-and-off love affair with Victoria, who’s moved to the midlands to renovate her dead mother’s house. Wh…

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Dear Reader, November 2020

by Alison Huber

Each year, our staff members vote on their favourite books of the year, and each year at this time, I panic because I have, yet again, failed to keep a reading diary to remind me of all the books I’ve ploughed through in the year – and given this year’s events, one can be forgiven from forgetting what was read when, how, or where (or, for that matter, for abandoning books halfway through for no g…

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Mark’s Say, November 2020

by Mark Rubbo

Well, Readings and most other Victorian bookshops are open again and it has been wonderful to see real people discovering books in our shops. Sadly, our shop in the State Library is yet to open and may not reopen before Christmas as the library has to be very cautious in managing the risk of COVID.

However, in good news, the winner of The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction this year is th…

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