Joe Rubbo

Joe Rubbo is the managing director of Readings

Review — 28 Apr 2022

Sunbathing by Isobel Beech

Sunbathing is the stunning debut novel from Melbourne writer Isobel Beech. It follows the story of a young woman who is invited to stay with her friends Giulia and Fab…

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Review — 6 Sep 2021

Harlem Shuffle by Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead’s new novel, Harlem Shuffle, centres on Ray Carney, a furniture store owner who is doing a bad job of flying straight. His father was an infamous crook…

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Review — 28 Jun 2021

The Night Always Comes by Willy Vlautin

In Willy Vlautin’s The Night Always Comes, Lynette lives across the road from the Interstate 5 in Portland, with her Mum and her brother Kenny, who has an intellectual…

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Review — 26 Apr 2021

Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri

Whereabouts is Jhumpa Lahiri’s first novel written in Italian – a remarkable feat considering she learnt the language later in life. It’s incredible then to discover that after the Italian…

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Review — 1 Mar 2021

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

In Klara and the Sun Kazuo Ishiguro returns to dystopian terrain, much like his earlier, and most well-known novel, Never Let Me Go. As in Never Let Me Go, Ishiguro…

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Review — 21 Oct 2019

The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

I’ll start out by saying that The Topeka School is one of my favourite novels of the year. I was already a fan, having loved his previous two novels, Leaving

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Blog post — 28 Oct 2020

Elizabeth Tan wins the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2020

It is a great pleasure to announce Elizabeth Tan’s Smart Ovens for Lonely People as the 2020 winner of The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. This is a truly…

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Blog post — 23 Aug 2020

The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist 2020

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…

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Review — 25 Jun 2019

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Colson Whitehead’s first novel since his Pulitzer prize-winning The Underground Railroad, The Nickel Boys is historical fiction. Whitehead based the setting on the Dozier School for Boys and drew…

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Review — 23 Sep 2019

Act of Grace by Anna Krien

Anna Krien will be known to readers as the author of two works of narrative nonfiction, Into the Woods and Night Games – both important explorations into Australian life and…

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