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The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2014

Here are our top ten non-fiction books of the year, voted for by Readings staff. Displayed in no particular order.

The Wife Drought by Annabel Crabb

Don’t be bemused by the title: this is an essential and hilarious book for everyone. Journalist and Kitchen Cabinet host Annabel Crabb takes a fresh and amusing approach as she unravels the rusty idiosyncrasies of Australia’s work–life systems …

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The Best DVDs of 2014

Here are our top ten DVDs of the year, as chosen by our film specialist Lou Fulco. Displayed in no particular order.

Chef

Chef is a rich and vibrant comedy – the story of Carl Casper (Jon Favreau), who loses his chef job and cooks up a food truck business in the hope of re-establishing his artistic promise. At the same time, he tries to reconnect with his estranged family.

True Detecti

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The Best Pop CDs of 2014

Here are our top ten pop CDs of the year, voted for by Readings' music specialists. Displayed in no particular order.

Lost in the Dream by The War On Drugs

This album has been a staff favourite since it was released back in March. The Philadelphia group really struck gold with their third album and we have enjoyed listening to it over and over again. Sonically uplifting and spiritually nurt…

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The Best Junior Fiction Books of 2014

Here are our top ten junior fiction (ages 5 to 9ish) books of the year, voted for by Readings staff. Displayed in no particular order.

My Heart is Laughing by Rose Lagercrantz and illustrated by Eva Eriksson

An irresistibly appealing story, every page is alive with wonderful line illustrations. It’s impossible not to love our plucky little protagonist, Dani, as she navigates the challenges …

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The Best Middle Fiction Books of 2014

Here are our top ten middle fiction (ages 8 to 12) books of the year, voted for by Readings staff. Displayed in no particular order.

My Dog Doesn’t Like Me by Elizabeth Fensham

Eric is disappointed when his new dog, who he imagined would be his loyal companion, clearly prefers everyone else in the family. Eric and his friends work out tricks to win the dog over, but Eric has to learn how to…

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The Best Fiction Books of 2014

Here are our top ten fiction books of the year, voted for by Readings staff. Displayed in no particular order.

Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven’s Heat and Light is an exceptional debut. This work of fiction could be called a short-story collection, or a novel in three parts – categorising these powerful portraits of Aboriginal women is irrelevant. With spare, controlled…

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The Best Art & Design Books of 2014

Here are our top ten art and design books of the year, as chosen by our art & design specialist Margaret Snowdon. Displayed in no particular order.

Superlight: Lightness in Contemporary Houses by Phyllis Richardson

Superlight houses combine two strands of thinking: that lightweight buildings have less impact on their environments, and that this lightness (visually, materially, ecologically)…

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The Best Crime Books of 2014

Here are our top ten crime books of the year, as chosen by our crime (fiction) specialist Fiona Hardy. Displayed in no particular order.

North of Boston by Elisabeth Elo

This is a book for all the senses: perfumer Pirio Kasparov is nearly killed in an incident at sea that claims the life of her old friend Ned and leaves her afloat in freezing temperatures for hours. Considered a scientific …

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The Best Young Adult Books of 2014

Here are our top ten young adult fiction books of the year, voted for by Readings staff. Displayed in no particular order.

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

When an accident puts the most popular girl at school in hospital, it’s as if everyone has turned up to find out if she will live or die. But was it an accident? Why would the girl who appeared to have it all throw it all away? This is a …

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The Best Food & Garden Books of 2014

Here are our top ten food and garden books of the year, as chosen by our resident foodie and gardener Chris Gordon. Displayed in no particular order.

Nonna to Nana by Jacqueline & Jessie DiBlasi

Melbourne sisters Jessie and Jacqueline DiBlasi explore the connections between love and nourishment, inspired by their grandmother, Nonna Giovanna. The book shares stories and recipes from the livi…

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