Books posts

National Sorry Day, 2019

This year, National Sorry Day will be held on Sunday 26 May. We’d like to take this opportunity to celebrate some incredible First Nations authors and artists. The below examples constitute by no means a complete list, so please feel free to peruse our other recommended reads here. For those with little ones, we’ve put together a collection of recommended Indigenous books for children here. Furt…

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Most anticipated books to film and TV

Get the popcorn ready – here are our most anticipated film and TV adaptations currently in the works.

Good Omens by Neil Gaiman

Armageddon only happens once, you know. They don’t let you go around again until you get it right. What do you do when the apocalypse is coming? Do you drown your sorrows, laugh it off as a hoax, or do you do something about it? This is the predicament that Azirap…

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Fantasy series to keep you going now that Game of Thrones has finished

Well, it’s official. The Game of Thrones TV series has ended. And while for those of us who didn’t start our love affair with the series as book readers, there’s plenty of material in the collection to keep us going, we also thought we’d put together a list of some of our favourite fantasy books and series for everyone with an Iron Throne-sized hole in their hearts. The Lions of Al-Rassan by…

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Art and design highlights

With the winter months approaching, what better time to sit down (indoors) and reflect on how glorious interior design and art are? With that in mind, we’ve put together a list of some of our favourite recent releases to inspire and motivate. Off the Grid: Houses for Escape by Dominic Bradbury

Who hasn’t harboured dreams of disappearing off into the wilderness, living self-sufficiently and …

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2019: Don’s (Other) Party – Chris Gordon reflects on our Election Night event

by Chris Gordon

On Saturday night, filled with hope and anticipation, we gathered at the Church of All Nations to reckon with the 2019 Federal Election at the inaugural Readings Election Party.

Our hosts for the evening were George Megalogenis and Sally Warhaft. These two brilliant people held our hands, steadily discussed each new wave of counting and introduced us to conspiracy theories, history lessons and …

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Kids books to read for IDAHOBIT

by Leanne Hall

The International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), celebrated every year on May 17, is a day to stand with the LGBTIQ+ community, celebrate LGBTQI+ people, champion inclusion and build a better world for the LGBTQI+ community. We’ve put together some recommended children’s books to read on IDAHOBIT, or any other day of the year. PICTURE BOOKS

Love Makes a Fam

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An IDAHOBIT suggested reading list

by Jackie Tang

Today – Friday, 17 May – is International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, Intersexism and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), a day to stand against the prejudice, fear, violence and marginalisation that members of the LGBTQIA+ community continue to face in their daily lives. It’s also a day for LGBTQIA+ people to celebrate themselves and their community, and for allies to commit in solidarity to making th…

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What We’re Reading: Hanff, Butler

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to.

Jackie Tang is reading 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff

I recently gobbled up 84 Charing Cross Road, which I picked up thinking would be a frivolous indulgence, but ended up being genuinely surprised by the charm and force of personality packed into it.

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A reading list for Emerging Writers’ Festival 2019

Emerging Writers' Festival (EWF) is just around the corner (19–29 June). Here are 10 books to read in preparation. Highway Bodies by Alison Evans

Bodies on the TV, explosions, barriers, and people fleeing. No access to social media. And a dad who’ll suddenly bite your head off – literally. These teens have to learn a new resilience… Highway Bodies is a unique zombie apocalypse story featuri…

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Our graphic novel recommendations

In recent years, graphic novels have taken the world by storm as fresh way of enjoying fiction and non-fiction. Whether it’s the stunning new adaptation of The Handmaid’s Tale with illustrations by Reneé Hault, or Jeff Buckley’s life story in Grace, graphic novels have shown us that they are a force to be reckoned with. Below are some of our favourites from recent years. The Handmaid’s Tale

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