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Miles Franklin 2019 longlist announced

The 2019 longlist for the Miles Franklin Literary Award, Australia’s most prestigious literary prize, has been announced. The Award celebrates novels of the highest literary merit that tell stories about Australian life. Winning authors also receive a prize of $60,000. Congratulations to all the authors on this tremendously strong list!

The longlisted books are:

The Lebs by Michael Mohammed Ah…

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Fantasy series to keep you going now that Game of Thrones has finished

Well, it’s official. The Game of Thrones TV series has ended. And while for those of us who didn’t start our love affair with the series as book readers, there’s plenty of material in the collection to keep us going, we also thought we’d put together a list of some of our favourite fantasy books and series for everyone with an Iron Throne-sized hole in their hearts. The Lions of Al-Rassan by…

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Art and design highlights

With the winter months approaching, what better time to sit down (indoors) and reflect on how glorious interior design and art are? With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite recent releases to inspire and motivate. Off the Grid: Houses for Escape by Dominic Bradbury

Who hasn’t harboured dreams of disappearing off into the wilderness, living self-sufficiently and …

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The Readings Young Adult Book Prize shortlist 2019

We are delighted to announce the 2019 shortlist for the Readings Young Adult Book Prize. Now in its third year, the prize was created to recognise and celebrate new voices in Australian Young Adult literature, and considers the first and second books of YA authors across Australia.

The six shortlisted books for this year are:

Highway Bodies by Alison Evans What I Like About Me by Jenna Guillau…

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2019: Don’s (Other) Party – Chris Gordon reflects on our Election Night event

by Chris Gordon

On Saturday night, filled with hope and anticipation, we gathered at the Church of All Nations to reckon with the 2019 Federal Election at the inaugural Readings Election Party.

Our hosts for the evening were George Megalogenis and Sally Warhaft. These two brilliant people held our hands, steadily discussed each new wave of counting and introduced us to conspiracy theories, history lessons and …

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

On Identity by Stan Grant Room for a Stranger by Melanie Cheng Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dlaton Australia Day by Stan Grant The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe The Overstory by Richard Powers Normal People by Sally Rooney Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan Stone and Star by Helen Macrae

Stan Grant’s meditation on hope and community, On Identity, leads the pack of best…

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Kids books to read for IDAHOBIT

by Leanne Hall

The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), celebrated every year on May 17, is a day to stand with the LGBTIQ+ community, celebrate LGBTQI+ people, champion inclusion and build a better world for the LGBTQI+ community. We’ve put together some recommended children’s books to read on IDAHOBIT, or any other day of the year. PICTURE BOOKS

Love Makes a Fam

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An IDAHOBIT suggested reading list

by Jackie Tang

Today – Friday, 17 May – is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), a day to stand against the prejudice, fear, violence and marginalisation that members of the LGBTQIA+ community continue to face in their daily lives. It’s also a day for LGBTQIA+ people to celebrate themselves and their community, and for allies to commit in solidarity to making th…

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What We’re Reading: Hanff, Butler

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.

Jackie Tang is reading 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

I recently gobbled up 84 Charing Cross Road, which I picked up thinking would be a frivolous indulgence, but ended up being genuinely surprised by the charm and force of personality packed into it.

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