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Douglas Stuart wins the Booker Prize for Fiction 2020

Congratulations to Douglas Stuart who has been named the winner of this year’s Booker Prize for Fiction for his debut novel, Shuggie Bain.

Shuggie Bain is the heartrending story of a young boy’s futile attempt to save his alcoholic mother from her addiction as he simultaneously grapples with his own sexuality.

Stuart drew from his own life in writing this incredible first work of fiction, whic…

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What we’re reading: O’Hagan, Colwin & Mackintosh

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. Joanna Di Mattia is reading Mayflies by Andrew O’Hagan

By no deliberate design, I’ve spent a significant chunk of the year thinking about life in 1980s Britain and the havoc wreaked by Margaret Thatcher and her policies on the working class. …

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Our 2020 Christmas Gift Guide: The hard-to-buy-for kids edition

by Leanne Hall

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Here is a list of suggestions for the tricky children in your life. THEY DON’T LIKE READING Pirate Stew by Neil Gaiman and Chris Riddell – It rhymes, it’s silly, it has pirates, and I defy anyone not to take joy in Chris Riddell’s energetic illustrations. The wriggliest toddler will…

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Our 2020 Christmas Gift Guide: The hard-to-buy-for teens edition

by Leanne Hall

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Here is a list of suggestions for the tricky teens in your life. THEY DON’T LIKE READING Future Girl by Asphyxia – Visually orientated teens will love this gorgeous art journal tale of a Deaf girl finding her voice in a challenging future Melbourne.

Punching the Air by Ibi Zoboi and…

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Our 2020 Christmas Gift Guide: The hard-to-buy-for grown-ups edition

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Here is a list of suggestions for the tricky grown-ups in your life. The friend who has everything… How about a gorgeous design book to adorn their well-stocked home? We love the newly updated editions of Phaidon’s The Design Book and The Art Book that both landed on our shelves this …

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Lucy Treloar wins the Barbara Jefferis Award 2020

Congratulations to Lucy Treloar who has been named this year’s winner of the Barbara Jefferis Award for her immersive work of climate fiction, Wolfe Island.

Kitty Hawke is the last inhabitant of a dying island sinking into the wind-lashed Chesapeake Bay. She has resigned herself to annihilation until the night her pregnant granddaughter rows ashore, begging for sanctuary. Blood cannot be turned …

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The Voss Literary Prize shortlist 2020

The shortlist for this year’s Voss Literary Prize has been announced.

The shortlisted titles are:

Crossings by Alex Landragin The Rich Man’s House by Andrew McGahan The Palace of Angels by Mohammed Massoud Morsi The Trespassers by Meg Mundell Exploded View by Carrie Tiffany The Yield by Tara June Winch

Launched in 2014, the Voss Literary Prize is awarded to the best novel published in Austra…

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The 2020 winners of the National Book Awards

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s National Book Awards.

The 2020 winner of the National Book Award for Fiction is Charles Yu for Interior Chinatown.

The 2020 winners of the National Book Award for Nonfiction are Les and Tamara Payne for The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X.

The 2020 winner of the National Book Award for Poetry is Don Mee Choi for DMZ Colony.

The 2020 winner…

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Nine terrific crime reads in November & December

by Fiona Hardy

Shore Leave by David Whish-Wilson

Frank Swann is not cut out for any kind of crime legwork anymore. He’s tired, he’s sick all the time, and nobody can figure out what it is that’s wrong with him. All he knows is he can’t get halfway through a conversation without feeling nauseous, but people are still knocking on his door all the time, asking for help. First, there’s the brothel owner needing …

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Art & design book highlights from the year

by Margaret Snowdon

Prehistorians propose that the arrival of art in the timeline of humanity’s history indicates a jump in our cognitive abilities, so Readings is happy to present to you some wonderful art and design books from this year to delight, entertain, inform and help our cognitive skills expand and grow, as surely this year has asked of us.

Starting close by, The Garden State offers a look inside an inspi…

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