Books posts

Adventure novels for grown-ups

What does adventure mean to you? Is it travelling to far-away lands, investigating a murder, cheating death, going on a good old-fashioned road trip, or running away to join the circus? We recommend some of our favourite novels that exemplify the spirit of exploration and the dogged pursuit of dangerous truths, risky mysteries and new frontiers of knowledge. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett …

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The 12 most awarded books of 2019 (so far)

Here are the 12 most awarded books of 2019 - so far! Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babysitter. Eli Bell is just trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way – not least of which is Tytus Br…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

FICTION For book clubs who love a good WWII read, try… A Single Thread by Tracy Chevalier

Mourning the loss of both her fiancé and brother in WWI and now regarded as a ‘surplus woman’, Violet heads for a new life in Winchester. And as the threat of WWII looms on the horizon, she begins to collect some secrets of her own…Warm, vivid and beautifully orchestrated, A Single Thread reveals one …

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Insightful books on current cultural studies

Are you looking for a way to engage with current cultural studies? We’ve rounded up some of this month’s releases that explore everything from depictions of gendered violence in the media to the questions that women face regarding medical treatment. White Tears/Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad

In 2018, journalist Ruby Hamad wrote an article for The Guardian Australia titled ‘How white women use st…

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Staff recommend Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander voices

Our staff share their favourite books by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors, including prize-winning fiction, biography, essays, non-fiction, memoir and books for kids of all ages, from babies through to teens. Today is Indigenous Literacy Day and Readings will be donating 10% of our book sales to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF), on top of our ongoing support. The ILF does am…

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My favourite kick-you-in-the-guts reads

by Georgia Brough

So frequently I feel that these days I’ll read a book, close it, and say ‘Wasn’t that good’, and then move on without a backwards glance. But what about those books that are impossible to forget? Those books that kick you in the guts, jump up and down on your heart and stomach, refuse to leave you alone? Inspired by the upcoming Love Letter to a Book series at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festi…

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Our staff share their spring reading stacks

Spring is just around the corner – hallelujah! To celebrate, we’ve checked in with our booksellers to see what books are on their to-be-read piles.

Sharon Peterson, manager at Readings St Kilda Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley The White Girl by Tony Birch The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (September) Wolfe Island by Lucy Treloar Tidelands by Philippa Gregory Veg: Easy & Delicious Meals for E

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