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A pre-apocalypse, the labyrinth, an Australian drought, the US gold rush from a new perspective and an ode to our relationship with trees form Pile by the Bed's Top 5 reads for 2020, together with six just as interesting and engaging honourable mentions.

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Pile by the Bed's top 5 crime fiction novels for 2020 and 6 equally worthy honourable mentions. So overall a top 11 for the year.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Hideout, the third book in Jack Heath's Timothy Blake series. Another strong entry in this dark crime series.

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Pile By the Bed's top 5 science fiction books for 2020 and 5 honourable mentions (so actually a top 10).

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Pile by the Bed's top 5 (okay, 6) fantasy novels for 2020 and four honourable mentions.

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Pile by the Bed reviews White Throat by Sarah Thornton (Clementine Jones #2) - another fast paced Australian crime thriller featuring Thornton's flawed but engaging heroine.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Sara Sligar's debut Take Me Apart, a book that is part mystery, part thriller, part exploration of the world of art.

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Pile by bthe Bed reviews From A Certain Point of View: The Empire Strikes Back - forty short stories celebrating the 40th anniversary of arguably the best of the Star Wars films.

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Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends Hollow Empire the second in Australian author Sam Hawke's Poison War fantasy series.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Nophek Gloss (Graven #1), the debut space opera by Essae Hansen featuring a super soldier and a found family of misfits.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Reproduction the first novel by Canadian poet Ian Williams which explores human relationships and the intersect between biological and found families.

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Pile by the Bed Reviews House of Earth and Blood, the first book in Sarah J Maas's new Crescent City urban fantasy series.

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Pile by the Bed reviews The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton, a rollicking historical crime novel with possible supernatural elements and a tip of the hat to Sherlock Holmes.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Consolation, the third book in Garry Disher's Paul Hirschhausen series of Australian rural crime procedurals.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Honeybee by Australian Author Craig Silvey, another complex but compassionate coming of age story from the author of Jasper Jones.

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Pile by the Bed reviews and recommends The Worst of All Possible Worlds, the last book in Alex White's propulsive Salvagers trilogy.

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Pile By the Bed Reviews A Deadly Education (Scholomance #1) by Naomi Novik the first in a series about a particularly dangerous and cutthroat magical academy.

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Pile by the Bed reviews The Once and Future Witches by Alix E Harrow a historical fantasy that involves the women's suffrage movement and witchcraft in late 19th Century America.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Catch Me If I Fall by Barry Jonsberg, a tale for teenagers set in a future Sydney dealing with inequality, climate change and robotics.

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Pile by the Bed reviews Phoenix Extravagant by Yoon Ha Lee a fantasy novel based in Korean mythology and history.

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Tickster – SBS On Demand
TV Review / 21/12/2020

Pile by the Bed reviews Trickster, the TV adaptation of the book Son of a Trickster by Eden Robinson. A coming of age story set in Northern Canada and steeping in indigenous mythology.

Top 5 Books 2020
Literature , Recommended , Review , Top Fives / 21/12/2020

A pre-apocalypse, the labyrinth, an Australian drought, the US gold rush from a new perspective and an ode to our relationship with trees form Pile by the Bed's Top 5 reads for 2020, together with six just as interesting and engaging honourable mentions.

White Throat by Sarah Thornton
Crime , Review / 10/12/2020

Pile by the Bed reviews White Throat by Sarah Thornton (Clementine Jones #2) - another fast paced Australian crime thriller featuring Thornton's flawed but engaging heroine.

Honeybee by Craig Silvey
Literature , Review / 13/11/2020

Pile by the Bed reviews Honeybee by Australian Author Craig Silvey, another complex but compassionate coming of age story from the author of Jasper Jones.