Books posts

Literary prize winners to read over summer

Looking for something to read during the holidays? Here are some of the biggest literary prize winners of the past year. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2017

As the American Civil War rages, President Lincoln’s beloved 11-year-old son lies gravely ill. In a matter of days, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report tha…

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Anti-Christmas reads for Grinches

If even the slightest whisper of Christmas cheer feels like fingernails grinding on a a chalkboard then these are the books for you. This list has it all – cults, creepy children, grisly medical operations, frightening dystopian visions of the future, families murdering their own – and you can find even more recommendations in the collection below. Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

One hot August da…

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20 gift ideas under $20

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Here are 20 gift ideas for under $20. Plus, you can find even more budget-friendly recommendations by browsing the collections below. The Botanical Wall Chart by Anna Laurent

Botanical charts have recently experienced a resurgence in interest, both as pieces of art and as objects of …

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey Force of Nature by Jane Harper Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders Mythos by Stephen Fry The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa (translated by Philip Gabriel) 5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food by Jamie Oliver Stories by Helen Garner The Passage of Love by Alex Miller True Stories by Helen Garner First Person by Richard Flanagan

We were delighted to…

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The best non-fiction books of 2017

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books, albums, films and TV shows of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 non-fiction books of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books, CDs & DVDs of 2017 here.) The Trauma Cleaner by Sarah Krasnostein

Sarah Krasnostein does a marvellous job of illuminating Sand…

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The best fiction books of 2017

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books, albums, films and TV shows of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 fiction books of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books, CDs & DVDs of 2017 here.) Pachinko by Min Jee Lee

Family and history come together in this captivating saga that spans nearly 100 …

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The best art & design books of 2017

by Ellen Cregan

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books, albums, films and TV shows of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 art and design books of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books, CDs & DVDs of 2017 here.) Lauren Greenfield: Generation Wealth by Lauren Greenfield

In this fascinating, lushly photographe…

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The best crime books of 2017

by Fiona Hardy

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books, albums, films and TV shows of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 crime books of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books, CDs & DVDs of 2017 here.) The Student by Iain Ryan

It’s 1994 and in Gatton, Queensland, uni student Nate is in need of some weed. Bu…

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We rave about La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

Our booksellers rave about Philip Pullman’s blistering, brilliant new fantasy adventure, La Belle Sauvage – the first book in The Book of Dust trilogy. Set 10 years before Pullman’s original His Dark Materials trilogy, this thrilling adventure sees two young people embark on a dangerous trip to save a baby named Lyra whose life is under threat by various shadowy forces.

‘Lyra, a baby with mys…

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