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What we’re reading: Richard Ayoade, Melina Marchetta & April Genevieve Tucholke

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. Paul Goodman is reading by Ayoade on Ayoade by Richard Ayoade

After making a name for himself co-writing and directing the cult UK series Garth Merenghi’s Dark Place, giving an award-winning performance as Moss in The IT Crowd and then going on to make two exc…

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We’re launching four new book clubs at Readings State Library

We’re excited to be launching four new books clubs at our State Library shop!

All four book clubs will meet monthly at the bookshop to discuss a selection of books. Sessions will commence in March, and membership costs $50 for four sessions from March to June 2019 inclusive. Each book club is run by a Readings staff member, who will communicate with members, convene the sessions, and keep the di…

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Books coming to the screen in 2019

A host of excellent books are once again being adapted for the screen this year. Here are a collection of some of our most anticipated picks, and you can find plenty more by browsing our collections below. Storm Boy by Colin Thiele

This classic Australian story was first published by Colin Thiele in 1964. After their mother is shot, Mike ‘Storm Boy’ Kingley rescues three pelican chicks and …

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Indie Book Awards shortlist 2019

This year’s shortlist for the Indie Book Awards has been announced.

Each year, independent booksellers from around the nation get together and vote for their favourite titles in six different categories, as well as their favourite book overall. Here are the shortlisted titles in each category.

Fiction The Lost Man by Jane Harper Shell by Kristina Olsson The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton Brid

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Meet the guest judges for the Readings Prizes in 2019

We’re delighted to reveal our three guest judges for the Readings Prizes in 2019.

Readings runs three annual literary prizes that support emerging Australian authors: The Readings Children’s Book Prize, The Readings Young Adult Book Prize and The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction.

Every year, a shortlist of six titles is selected for each prize by a revolving panel of Readings staff. On…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Normal People by Sally Rooney Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Becoming by Michelle Obama Ottolenghi SIMPLE by Yotam Ottolenghi Less by Andrew Sean Greer The Fast 800 by Michael Mosley The Lost Man by Jane Harper The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales

Our bestselling books of last week include a gripping rural crime (The Lost Man), true stories…

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Our children’s & YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

All the Ways to be Smart by Allison Colpoys & Davina Bell Brawl of the Wild (The Adventures of Dog Man Book 6) by Dav Pilkey The Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 13) by Jeff Kinney Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor Book 2) by Jessica Townsend Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor Book 1) by Jessica Townsend Real Pigeons Fight Crime (Book 1) by Andrew McDonald & …

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What we’re reading: Alice Nelson, Jenny Hval & J.P. Pomare

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. Bronte Coates is reading The Children’s House by Alice Nelson

The Children’s House is the first book I read in the new year, and I found it incredibly moving. This is a generous story about trauma and displacement, family and finding home. Alice Nelson’s prose…

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The 100 bestselling books at Readings in 2018

Here are our 100 bestselling books from the past year. (We’ve also compiled our 10 bestselling CDs of 2018 and our 10 bestselling DVDs of 2018.)

Of the 100 books listed below…

27 are fiction (including eight Australian novels, three translated works from Japanese authors and both of Rupi Kaur’s poetry collections)
28 are non-fiction (including two buzzed-about books that transport readers …

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Chilling reads to keep you cool in summer

by Ellen Cregan

Summer is here and Melbourne is heating up. Here, our marketing and events coordinator Ellen Cregan shares seven bookish recommendations to help you cool down. The Library of Ice by Nancy Campbell

This book takes on the mammoth task of telling the story of ice – a substance that covers a great deal of our planet, but is rapidly shrinking away. Nancy Campbell packed up her life and left on a…

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