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Consent in books for kids

It’s never too early to have conversations about consent and bodily autonomy with kids. Here are four books that can help you get started.

Welcome to Consent by Yumi Stynes & Dr. Melissa Kang

Dr Melissa Kang and Yumi Stynes have written the only guide you need to figuring out the rules of consent. Whether you’re a curious tween, teen or parent, this book is reassuring, interesting and full…

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May recommendations from our Teen Advisory Board

Our Teen Advisory Board have been busy reading and letting us know what they’re loving; below, you can read recommendations from three of our fantastic 2021 board members. You can also browse the favourite books by favourite authors collection – compiled by the entire board – here. Aurelia Orr is reading The End of the World is Bigger Than Love by Davina Bell & Waking Romeo by Kathryn Barker …

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The Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist 2021

The 2021 longlist for the Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced! The Miles Franklin Literary Award was celebrates novels of the highest literary merit that tell stories about Australian life, shining a light on some of the country’s most talented writers.

Below are the twelve longlisted titles:

Amnesty by Aravind Adiga

The Rain Heron by Robbie Arnott

At the Edge of the Solid World

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20% off at Readings Malvern

Rediscover your local and the tomes which have been waiting for you! This week only, we’re offering 20% off* all books at our Malvern shop (Monday 17 to Sunday 23 May).

If you’re looking for inspiration on what to buy, you can browse new release adult books here and find new release children’s and young adult books here. And, of course, our friendly staff in-store are always on hand for recommen…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Turns Out I’m Fine by Judith Lucy

The Kindness Revolution by Hugh MacKay

Second Place by Rachel Cusk

Full Circle by Scott Ludlum

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri

On Thomas Keneally by Stan Grant

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Toxic by Richard Flanagan

Our best-seller from the past week is comedian Judith Lucy’s hilarious…

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New and noteworthy biography + memoir

May memoirs are full of reckonings. Below are ten compelling books for those looking to explore journeys of identity and belonging through another’s eyes. Fury by Kathryn Heyman

A roadmap of recovery and transformation, this is the story of becoming heroic in a culture that doesn’t see heroism in the shape of a girl. At the age of twenty, after a traumatic sexual assault trial, Kathryn Heym…

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What we’re reading: Johnstone, Bergmoser and McDonald

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. Lian Hingee is reading Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone

Parenting a small has played havoc on my reading time, so when my partner and I took our nearly-two-year-old up to visit his grandparents for the first time since before Covid, I took the …

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Reflecting on the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner

by Mike Shuttleworth

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is the richest award for children’s literature. It’s worth around $800,000 – courtesy of the Swedish government – and late last month was awarded to the French writer Jean-Claude Mourlevat. Previous winners have included Maurice Sendak, Sir Philip Pullman, Sonya Hartnett, Meg Rosoff and Shaun Tan. So you might ask, Jean-Claude who?

Late last year Mourlevat’s n…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For book clubs wanting to laugh-cry… Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Sutano

When Meddy Chan accidentally kills her blind date, she turns to her aunties for help. Their meddling set her up on the date so they kind of owe her. Hiding this goddamn dead body is going to be harder than they thought – especially when her family’s wedding business has THE biggest wedding of the year happening right now.…

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