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Reading for International Day of People with Disability

Today is International Day of People with Disability (IDPwD). IDPwD is a United Nations observed day aimed at increasing public awareness, understanding and acceptance of people with disability.

This IDPwD, we’re actively engaging with the way we think about disability – to help grow a more inclusive Australia – by exploring both fiction and non-fiction from prominent voices in the disability co…

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What we’re reading: Taddeo, Manfield and Parkes

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. Aurelia Orr is reading Animal by Lisa Taddeo

A reader will come across many books in their life, but it is rare to read a book that is as impactful and powerful as Lisa Taddeo’s Animal. The novel brilliantly delves into the perspective of the…

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Kids book buyers' favourites of 2021

by Angela Crocombe

Book buyers at each of the stores of Readings come across thousands of books each year and have to make decisions about which ones to stock, which ones to feature and how many to order. It’s an enviable job and one of the highlights (and challenges!) is reflecting on some of our top picks of the year. But we’ve managed it! Below are the Children’s Buyers favourite reads of 2021 that come very hig…

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100 great reads from Australian women in 2021

Each year we compile a list of great reads by Australian women, originally inspired by the Australian Women Writers Challenge which begun in 2012 and continues to this day.

Below you will find 100 great reads by Australian women authors published in 2021. The following books are displayed in no particular order and include fiction, biography, poetry, children’s novels, history and more.

Pleas

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50 great reads from First Nations writers and Australian writers of colour in 2021

To acknowledge the work of culturally diverse Australian writers, we have compiled this second list of 50 great reads by First Nations writers and Australian writers of colour published in 2021! The following books are displayed in no particular order and include fiction, biography, poetry, children’s novels, history and more.

Please note that as ever, this is not a complete list of every such r

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The best of Australian poetry 2021

by Clare Millar

In 2021, we revived poetry in the Readings Monthly, which allowed me the great privilege reading so many excellent collections. 2021 has truly been an excellent year for Australian poetry — it was incredibly difficult to choose only 10!

It’s worth noting that most of these poets I have chosen are either First Nations or people of colour. I think poetry is where a lot of exciting voices are comin…

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The best of crime 2021

by Fiona Hardy

It’s honestly been such a strong year in Australian crime fiction that I could have easily made this entire list up of local writers—Australia just has some of the best talent out there. From debut authors like Jacqueline Bublitz’s devastating, interior Before You Knew My Name and Karen Manton’s heavy, atmospheric The Curlew’s Eye, to sequels like the hilarious romp Nancy Business by RWR McDonald…

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10 Kids Graphic Novel Favourites of 2021

by Angela Crocombe

It was such a fantastic year for graphic novels, with many beautiful new books coming out from both Australian and international authors and artists. Here are ten of our favourites (in reading age order) for children that were published in 2021.

The Super Adventures of Ollie & Bea: It’s Owl Good

by Renee Treml

Come with Ollie and Bea on a HARE-raising adventure with a HOPPY ending!

Ollie…

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