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Strong female characters who embrace their femininity

by Lian Hingee

The ‘strong female character’ trope is a familiar one. Ass-kicking, gun-toting, take-no-prisoners women like Ripley from Alien or Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy tend to be where our minds go when we hear the phrase: strong female character.

While characters like Ripley and Katniss are examples of this character type at its best, this trope has also led to characters who are borin…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh Extinctions by Josephine Wilson Moral Panic 101 (Quarterly Essay 67) by Benjamin Law On Doubt by Leigh Sales A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré What Happened by Hillary Rodham Clinton The Choke by Sofie Laguna The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz (translated by George Goulding) The Dry by Jane Harper Ostro by Julia Busuttil Nishimura …

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For a quiet and thoughtful afternoon tea… Rain Birds by Harriet McKnight

Alan and Pina have led a peaceful existence in Boney Point, a town in rural East Gippsland, for 30 years, but their lives are thrown into disarray by Alan’s devastating early-onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis. With Alan adrift in his own mind, Pina struggles to face the consequences until the arrival of a flock of black cockat…

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Brilliant books available for pre-order

Force of Nature by Jane Harper Signed copies available for pre-order at $27.99 (was $32.99)

Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk returns in another addictive crime thriller from bestselling author Jane Harper. Five women reluctantly head out on a hike together at a corporate retreat. Only four return. The disappearance is of particular importance to Falk. The missing bushwalker – Alice Russell – i…

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Download book club notes for the Readings Prize shortlist 2017

Calling all book clubs! If you’re looking for your next book club read we highly recommend one of the six books on this year’s shortlist for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. You can read more about each title below, as well as download book club notes. This year, we’re also pleased to be running a special reading challenge to tie in with our shortlist. Participants can win a $100 R…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Book of Dirt by Bram Presser Try Hard by Em Rusciano (Pre-orders only, available 1 November) Ostro by Julia Busuttil Nishimura The Choke by Sofie Laguna A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré Sweet by Yotam Ottolenghi and Helen Goh City of Crows by Chris Womersley Inglorious Empire by Shashi Tharoor The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz (tr…

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10 blockbuster reads in September

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz (translated by George Goulding)

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye is the fifth book in the Millennium series, and the second from David Lagercrantz. In this instalment, Lisbeth Salander has been sentenced to two months prison, which almost proves a welcome diversion for someone with her skill set. Meanwhile, her friend and partner Mi…

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Discover Indigenous Australian voices & stories

Wednesday 6 September is Indigenous Literacy Day and Readings is donating 10% of funds from books sold in our shops to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF). (Find out more here.) This means that this is the perfect time to seek out stories from Indigenous Australians.

We’ve compiled some collections of books, music, film and TV from Indigenous Australians – for all ages and all kinds of tast…

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The best new crime reads of the month

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH Codename Villanelle by Luke Jennings

Call your spouse, tell them you have an important work meeting. Slip on a pair of green contact lenses, slide on a black wig, and get in an unassuming taxi. Find the bar you need – the note is written, in code, in a crumpled note in your hand – and slide into a booth. Make sure you always face the door. Order a drink, something sm…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Detours by Tim Rogers A Legacy of Spies by John le Carré City of Crows by Chris Womersley Inglorious Empire by Shashi Tharoor The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson Ostro by Julia Busuttil Nishimura The Choke by Sofie Laguna Wimmera by Mark Brandi The Enigmatic Mr Deakin by Judith Brett

Yesterday was Father’s Day so we’re nor surprised to see a s…

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