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Zana Fraillon wins the 2017 Readings Young Adult Book Prize

The winner of this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize is The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon!

This is the first year we have awarded the prize, which considers first and second works of young adult fiction and memoir, and Fraillon’s timely, gutsy and gorgeously written book is a fitting winner for our inaugural year.

The Bone Sparrow was chosen as the winner by our panel of judges, including …

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Help us celebrate Love Your Bookshop Day!

Love Your Bookshop Day is happening across Australia on Saturday 12 August. This day is all about celebrating and loving your local bookshops and we’re can’t wait to be part of the celebrations. Find out what’s happening below…


Buy a book from any Readings shop on National Bookshop Day and you could win free books for a year!

When purchasing any it…

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14 of our favourite #BookFaceFridays

by Lian Hingee

One of the most popular things we do over at our Instagram account is our weekly #BookFaceFriday photo. Started by the New York Public Library way back in 2014 (this is way back when you’re talking social media years), this trend sees libraries, bookshops and readers trying to recreate cover images by lining up a willing model to match the book.

Here are some of our favourite #BookFaceFridays si…

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What we’re reading: Chris Kraus, Tobias Wolff & Penny Woodward

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. Ellen Cregan is reading Old School by Tobias Wolff

This novel was recommended to me by a trusted source after I’d been complaining about being on a rare reading streak of mediocre books. Old School is not something I’d typically read, but I’m glad I did.


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Here’s why Anne with an E feels like a betrayal

by Bronte Coates

Bookseller Bronte Coates on why Anne with an E, Netflix’s adaptation of L.M. Montgomery’s classic 1908 novel about a popular red-haired orphan, has received so much backlash.

When you hear that the New Yorker calls Anne with an Ea betrayal’ you might wonder if this is an exaggeration. It’s not. Anne with an E is a terrible disappointment and I will not rest until the people responsible for t…

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An interview with a teen reader

Over the next few weeks we’re participating in a work experience program with students from high schools across Melbourne. Today, Daniil McIntyre from Williamstown High School tells us why world-building is so important for fantasy and sci-fi, and why it’s so hard to pick a favourite book. (We can relate!) How would you describe your taste in books? Do you like romance or adventure, science fi…

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What we’re reading in preparation for Melbourne Writers Festival 2017

The 2017 program for Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) has been revealed and we’re already counting down the days. Here, our staff share what books they’re planning to read to get read for the festival For more MWF inspiration, we’ve compiled a list of terrific international guests appearing in this year’s program, and our staff have shared the events they’re most excited to attend. We’re also de…

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20 international guests to see at Melbourne Writers Festival 2017

Here are 20 international guests appearing at this year’s Melbourne Writers Fesitval (MWF). You can find even more guests in the full Festival program here. We’re also so pleased to be hosting a full day of fantastic free events showcasing a range of new Australian fiction, and you can find out what our staff are most excited to see right here. Angie Thomas

Angie Thomas is the author of Th

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