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A monthly update from our Teen Advisory Board

by Angela Crocombe

This month we had a visit from debut author Katya De Becerra, whose supernatural thriller What the Woods Keep was released in October.

Katya gave us a fascinating rendition of her relentless determination to get her book published. She approached over 70 literary agents before she found a US agent to represent her work. The agent then had to submit to over 30 publishers before finding a US publi…

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10 blockbuster reads in October

October is always an exciting time in the literary world. Here are some of the buzziest, biggest books to have arrived on our shelves this month. Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak

Markus Zusak makes his long-awaited return with a profoundly heartfelt and inventive novel about a family held together by stories, and a young life caught in the current. The Dunbar boys bring each other up in a hou…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Ottolenghi SIMPLE by Yotam Ottolenghi Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty Killing Commendatore by Haruki Murakami (translated by Philip Gabriel & Ted Goossen) Boys Will be Boys by Clementine Ford Normal People by Sally Rooney Good Food Guide 2019 edited by Myffy Rigby The Courage to be Disliked by Ic…

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The Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA) shortlist 2018

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced the shortlist for the 2018 Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA).

The three shortlisted books are:

Gwen by Goldie Goldbloom (published by Fremantle Press) Living in Hope by Frank Byrne with Gerard Waterford & Francis Coughlan (published by Ptilotus Press) Plane Tree Drive by Lynette Washington (published by MidnightSun)

All the 2018 submissions were no…

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Jennifer Down wins the 2018 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction

by Ellen Cregan

The winner of the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction in 2018 is Pulse Points by Jennifer Down.

The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, now in its fifth year, is awarded to a work of fiction by an Australian author. Authors’ first and second works of fiction are eligible for the prize. The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction is one of three literary prizes that Readings awards…

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What we’re reading: Haruki Murakami, Eleanor Davis & Luke Pearson

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Lian Hingee is watching The Haunting of Hill House and Hilda

I’ve just started watching The Haunting of Hill House on Netflix, which is based on Shirley Jackson’s book of the same name. Where Jackson’s book is the story of four people who are invited by a para…

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Recommended reads to get your book club reading YA

by Leanne Hall

If you suspect your book club has fallen into a reading rut, you should consider picking a YA book one month! Contemporary YA fiction is plot- and character-driven, responsive to the current political and social climate, has an eye on inclusion and representation, and tends to cross-pollinate genres in a very satisfying way. Here are some top recent YA picks for your book club. Far From the

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Meet the music specialist with Dave Clarke

by Dave Clarke

Dave Clarke is our Music & DVD Manager. Here, he shares some of his favourite musicians and most memorable moments from working at Readings over the past 16 years. Why did you decide to work in music? And how did you end up at Readings?

I did a work experience week at my local store – Pet Sounds in Malvern (which much later became Readings Malvern) – back in August of 1984. Dave, the owner, l…

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Anna Burns wins the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Congratulations to Anna Burns who has been named the winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction!

Set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, Milkman is a timely and original novel about a young woman trying to avoid the attentions of an influential and much older man – Milkman.

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to k…

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