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Which recipe is the best from The Great Australian Cookbook?

Yesterday we roadtested some recipes from an excellent new cookbook: The Great Australian Cookbook. Four of our staff selected recipes and two of our staff acted as judges in a bid to find the best one. Here are the results. Stella Charls made Pierre Khodja’s Couscous with Peas & Mint (pg. 210)

I’m pretty besotted with this cookbook. I think the range of contributors is incredibly impres…

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The best new books for teens in October

by Holly Harper

Stolen emeralds, superheroes and climate change – October is a huge month for young adult fiction, and we’re positive you’ll find your next big read in amongst this haul. New Australian YA reads

Fans of Vikki Wakefield can now rejoice, because Inbetween Days has finally hit our shelves. Jacklin is trying hard to find her place in the dying town of Mobius, but nothing seems easy. She’s dropped…

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The best new books for kids in October

by Holly Harper

This month’s new releases are packed full of some of the biggest authors kidlit has to offer – Shaun Tan, Rick Riordan, Mem Fox to name a few – as well as some great events. Here are the highlights. A new picture book from Mem Fox and Judy Horacek

Mem Fox and Judy Horacek are a children’s picture book dream team: Where Is the Green Sheep is probably the most memorised book by all visitors und…

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Texts Classics 3-for-2 Sale

This month we’re offering a special deal on Text Classics: buy two books and you’ll receive a third for free.

The Text Classics series is designed to unearth some of the lost marvels of Australian literature. Including works by Elizabeth Harrower, Madeleine St John, Helen Garner, Gerald Murnane and J.M. Coetzee, these classics are only $12.95 each.

Readings' Managing Director Mark Rubbo recentl…

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Dear Reader, October 2015

by Alison Huber

You could be forgiven for having no idea where to start with the books of October 2015. I mean, really – this is a bumper month. First, may I suggest you read the new work of Tony Birch? Ghost River is further testament that Melbourne has in Birch both its champion and its quintessential raconteur. It’s our book of the month.

Or perhaps you’d like to start as if it’s the end of the world? How ab…

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Mark’s Say, October 2015

by Mark Rubbo

Have you noticed those cool-looking books with the yellow spine and the Text Publishing colophon? Officially known as Text Classics, at only $12.95 they’re a chance for any of us to discover our literary history and some very good books as well. The series was launched in 2012 with 30 titles and now has about 100 in print.

I asked Text publisher Michael Heyward where he got the idea from and he …

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What we’re reading: Samantha Wheeler, Denis Johnson and Vendela Vida

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. Chris Somerville is reading Train Dreams: A Novella by Denis Johnson

I was a big fan of Denis Johnson’s Jesus' Son years ago when I read it, and possibly let it have a disastrous effect on my life. I’ve since followed Johnson’s career idly, no…

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Our featured writer for October: Charlotte Wood

Every month, we do a spotlight feature on an Australian author and Charlotte Wood is our chosen author for October. Wood’s new novel, The Natural Way of Things, is a gripping, starkly imaginative exploration of contemporary misogyny and corporate control, and of what it means to hunt and be hunted. What’s the book about?

Two women awaken from a drugged sleep to find themselves imprisoned in …

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