Books posts

Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For book clubs wanting to laugh-cry… Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Sutano

When Meddy Chan accidentally kills her blind date, she turns to her aunties for help. Their meddling set her up on the date so they kind of owe her. Hiding this goddamn dead body is going to be harder than they thought – especially when her family’s wedding business has THE biggest wedding of the year happening right now.…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Second Place by Rachel Cusk

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

The Truth About China by Bill Birtles

Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz

Turns Out I’m Fine by Judith Lucy

The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

Love Objects by Emily Maguire

Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri

Our best-seller from the past week is Rachel Cusk’s l…

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Essay collections to read in May

What makes a body, a person, a life? Explore these questions, among others, through these newly released essay collections. Black is the Body by Emily Bernard

In twelve intensely personal, interconnected essays, Emily Bernard sets out to tell stories from her life that enable her to talk about truth, race, family and relationships, and much more.

She observes the complexities and paradoxes…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

Toxic by Richard Flanagan

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

Turns Out I’m Fine by Judith Lucy

With the Falling of the Dusk by Stan Grant

Design: Building on Country by Alison Page & Professor Paul Memmott, edited by Margo Neale

The Truth About China by Bill Birtles

Emotional Female by Yumiko …

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Dear Reader, May 2021

by Alison Huber

Jamie Marina Lau was shortlisted for the 2018 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction for her standout debut, Pink Mountain on Locust Island. This unique novel won the author many fans, with many of our staff among its greatest champions. Lau’s follow-up is the brilliantly titled Gunk Baby. Largely set in the hermetic world of a shopping centre, this clever narrative is cut through with incisiv…

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Experimental fiction that pushes the envelope

These genre-bending works are pushing the literary envelope to defy simple categorisation and interpretation. We’ve collected ten works of experimental literature – some old, some new – that continue to pique our interest. We recommend exploring the following titles if you’re looking for some rewarding reading… Ex Libris by Simon Groth

The metropole is a place where every decision, every m…

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What we’re reading: Bennett, Gong & Bardugo

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. Lian Hingee is reading The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

The Vanishing Half is one of those extraordinary novels that stays with you long after you turn the final page. This cross-generational story about two sisters whose lives are intrinsi…

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Evie Wyld wins the 2021 Stella Prize

Evie Wyld has been named the winner of the 2021 Stella Prize for her brilliant historical novel, The Bass Rock.

The Bass Rock is a novel that weaves together the lives of three women across four centuries. It’s about the legacy of male violence and the ways in which these traumas ripple and reverberate across time and place. Each woman’s choices are circumscribed, in ways big and small, b…

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Small press & self-published highlights in April

At Readings, we consider supporting small publishers and self-published authors to be an important responsibility, and we offer the opportunity for titles to be left on a consignment basis at our shops. Below are four titles that are currently available both in-store and online. In their own way, each book investigates humanities dual capacity for terror and for greatness. Still Alive by Saf…

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