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Short novels to read in a day

Australian Reading Hour is today! This annual campaign encourages all Australians, of all ages, to pick up a book and read for one hour. In recognition of this wonderful initiative, we’ve compiled a list of short novels suitable for one-day reads. All eight titles featured in this list were released this past year and you can find even more recommendations, including a number of classic works, b…

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Every Liane Moriarty novel, ranked by its secrets

by Bronte Coates

A few years back, we published a beginner’s guide to Liane Moriarty’s work from one of our booksellers. Since then, Moriarty has grown into a household name with the release of an award-winning television adaptation of one of her novels, and she’s released two more books – including the just-arrived, hot-off-the-press Nine Perfect Strangers. With this in mind, we felt it was time to revisit her o…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Ottolenghi SIMPLE by Yotam Ottolenghi Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari Dark Emu (New edition) by Bruce Pascoe Transcription by Kate Atkinson No Friend But the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani (translated by Omid Tofighian) The Wolf Hour by Sarah Myles The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser Normal People by Sally Rooney Eleanor Olip

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The best new crime reads in September

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH Leave No Trace by Mindy Mejia

Mejia’s first book, The Last Act of Hattie Hoffman, was a wonderful study of a small town dealing with large problems. In Leave No Trace, the trouble is much more personal. The city of Duluth is rocked when a store theft turns into something more deadly and the young man at the centre of it is the near-mythical Lucas Blackthorn: The Lost…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Ottolenghi SIMPLE by Yotam Ottolenghi 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari Normal People by Sally Rooney The Helpline by Katherine Collette No Friend But the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani (translated by Omid Tofighian) Dark Emu (New edition) by Bruce Pascoe A Letter from Paris by Louisa Deasey New Power by Jeremy Heimans & Henry Timms horse by Ania Walwicz The Life to Come by Mic…

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Which book should I read from the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist?

Are you having trouble deciding which of the six brilliant books on the 2018 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist to read first? Take our quiz to find out which book you should read. Grab a sheet of paper, write down the letters of your chosen answers and then tally them up before scrolling down to find out what your next book should be. QUESTION 1. WHEN READING A BOOK, DO YOU …

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12 women to read on Indigenous Literary Day

Wednesday 5 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 is a great excuse to buy a new book, and we very much encourage you to seek out a story from an Indigenous Australian author.

We’ve compiled some collections of books, music, film and TV from Indigenous Austral…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For books clubs who enjoy genre-bending works… Severance by Ling Ma

Candace Chen, a millennial drone selfsequestered in a Manhattan office tower, is devoted to routine: her work, watching movies with her boyfriend, and avoiding thoughts of her recently deceased Chinese immigrant parents. So she barely notices when a plague of biblical proportions sweeps the world. Candace joins a small group …

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser 21 Lessons for the 21st Century by Yuval Noah Harari No Friend But the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani (translated by Omid Tofighian) Normal People by Sally Rooney Leather Soul by Bob Murphy Dark Emu (New edition) by Bruce Pascoe The Football Solution by George Megalogenis The Shepherd’s Hut by Tim Winton Man Out of Time by Stephanie Bishop Scrublands by Chr…

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