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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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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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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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The best international fiction books of 2020

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books and music of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 international fiction books of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books and music here.) The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Brit Bennett impresses with her brilliant second novel. A pacey and immersive read th…

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The best pop albums of 2020

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books and music of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 pop albums of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books and music here.) Gold Record by Bill Callahan

Bill Callahan is a storyteller, and Gold Record demonstrates his musical yarn-spinning at its very best. In …

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The best classical albums of 2020

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books and music of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 classical albums of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books and music here.) Elgar: Violin Concerto by Nicola Benedetti, Petr Limonov, London Philharmonic Orchestra & Vladimir Jurowski

Scottish-Italian violin…

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The best picture books of 2020

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books and music of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 picture books of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books and music here.) Your Birthday Was the BEST! by Maggie Hutchings & Felicita Sala

A happy-go-lucky cockroach crashes a birthday party with entirely hila…

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The best Australian fiction books of 2020

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books and music of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 Australian fiction books of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books and music here.) A Couple of Things Before the End by Sean O'Beirne

Newcomer Sean O'Beirne presents an incisive and frequently very funny po…

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