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What we’re reading: Jennifer Wright, Katherine Heiny and Anna Starobinets

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. Lian Hingee is reading It Ended Badly by Jennifer Wright

I came across mention of this book in an article titled ‘The One Book You Need to Read After a Breakup’ and thought: challenge accepted.

My last breakup is thankfully a distant enough m…

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Meet our new guest judge for the Readings Prize

We’re thrilled to announce Maxine Beneba Clarke as our guest judge for this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction!

Maxine is an Australian writer of Afro-Caribbean heritage. She is the author of two poetry books, Gil Scott Heron is on Parole (2009) and Nothing Here Needs Fixing (2013). Her fiction collection Foreign Soil won the 2015 Indie Award for Debut Fiction and the 2015 ABIA Awa…

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What to read when life sucks

If you want to feel warm and fuzzy… Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows co-wrote The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society, an epistolary novel that draws readers into the Second World War. While the book may make you cry in places, it’s ultimately a story of hope. Graeme Simsion’s two novels – The Rosie Project and The Rosie Effect – are rom-coms set in Melbourne and New York. Happy e…

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Our favourite young adult books in February

by Holly Harper

February means a few things: school is back, summer is coming to an end, and there’s a bumper crop of exciting new young adult titles to read and events to attend. Come along to our first YA Bookclub

We’re excited to announce that we’ve started a book club for YA readers!

The first meeting of the Readings YA Book Club will be held at our St Kilda shop on Wednesday 17 February. Come along to …

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Our favourite children’s books in February

by Holly Harper

February brings you a sale on Oxford reference books, a huge range of great new releases, and the eagerly-awaited return of story time. Story Time is back!

What better way to promote a love of reading to kids than by coming along to story time?

Readings offers free weekly half-hour story time sessions at our Carlton, Malvern and St Kilda stores at the following times:

Carlton – 10am Friday…

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The Stella Prize longlist 2016

The longlist for this year’s Stella Prize has been announced. This $50,000 prize is awarded for the best work of literature, fiction or non-fiction, published in 2015 by an Australian woman.

The twelve longlisted books are:

A Few Days in the Country by Elizabeth Harrower A Guide to Berlin by Gail Jones (Read our review) A Short History of Richard Kline by Amanda Lohrey (Read our review) Anchor

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Leigh Hobbs is the new Australian Children’s Laureate

Author and illustrator Leigh Hobbs has been named the new Australian Children’s Laureate! The role of the Australian Children’s Laureate is to promote the importance of reading, creativity and story in the lives of young Australians.

Hobbs is known as the creator of such iconic characters as Old Tom, Mr Chicken and Horrible Harriet and over the past two decades has won the heart of many a young …

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Our 2016 Oscar Predictions

The Oscars are due to be announced on 28 February. Here are our predictions of who will take out this year’s top awards. (You can view the full list of nominees here.)

Nina Kenwood, Marketing manager

Best Picture: Mad Max: Fury Road
Best Actress in a Leading Role: Cate Blanchett, Carol
Best Actor in a Leading Role: Leonardo DiCaprio, The Revenant
Best Actress in a Supporting Role: Kate Winslet…

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