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What we’re reading: Conte, Deer & Biss

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. Elke Power is reading The Doctor Who Fooled the World by Brian Deer

I’ve been reading our September Nonfiction Book of the Month, The Doctor Who Fooled the World by British investigative journalist Brian Deer. Amanda’s review was so convincin…

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Kids books to help you slow down

by Leanne Hall

The social distancing and lockdowns of this year have meant many of us have lived at a different pace than usual, and moved in smaller circles. Here are some kids books that encourage an easy pace, contemplation and taking pleasure in small joys.

The Heart of the Bubble by Trace Balla

Mum and Dad have been busy working and travelling around the world, but now they can’t do that anymore. Co…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For book clubs that want a powerful contemporary read… Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

Gifty’s family have emigrated from Ghana to the American South. While her gorgeous brother is a basketball hero, her father longs to return home and her mother is desperate to hold this family of four together. When Gifty’s brother’s success falters, addiction strikes and the mother turns inward, and to …

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A spotlight on translated fiction this month

September brings yet another wonderful batch of novels in translation, from authors all around the world. Here are six of our best picks for readers looking to discover more voices from beyond our shores. Also of note in recent weeks is the announcement of the 2020 winner of the International Booker Prize! From Marieke Lucas Rijneveld and translated by Michele Hutchison, The Discomfort of Evenin

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The Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist 2020

The shortlist for the 2020 Booker Prize has been announced!

Here are the six books listed on the shortlist:

The New Wilderness by Diane Cook This Mournable Body by Tsitsi Dangarembga Burnt Sugar by Avni Doshi The Shadow King by Maaza Mengiste Real Life by Brandon Taylor Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

Chair of the 2020 judges, Margaret Busby, comments: “The best novels often prepare our socie…

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The Voss Literary Prize longlist 2020

The longlist for the 2020 Voss Literary Prize has been announced.

The longlisted titles are:

The Year of the Beast by Steven Carroll Crossings by Alex Landragin Simpson Returns by Wayne Macauley The Rich Man’s House by Andrew McGahan The Palace of Angels by Mohammed Massoud Morsi The Trespassers by Meg Mundell Fusion by Kate Richards Exploded View by Carrie Tiffany Wolfe Island by Lucy Treloar…

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The best new crime reads in September

Two of our dedicated crime specialists, Fiona Hardy and Kate McIntosh, share their best picks for crime readers to look out for this month. CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH Electric Blue by Paul F. Verhoeven

“Sometimes it’s pretty easy to categorise a crime book. I’ll say ‘procedural’, or ‘psychological thriller’, and while every book is original, you’ll have an idea of what to expect. Then you g…

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A message from our programming and events manager

by Chris Gordon

I’ve been considering the collective noun for Melburnians of late, and have come up with ‘despondency’ as a term that seems to capture how we are all feeling: a little lost, a little sad and a little worried. Some days this emotion weighs heavily on me; I rise and don my activewear, walk for my allotted hour, talk with my family, tidy a little and contemplate dinner. But there are moments in my d…

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