Books posts

Our Best Books, Music & Film of 2013

Every year we vote for our favourite books, CDs and DVDs of the past twelve months, and the results are always an interesting mix of big names and débuts, of powerful local releases and fascinating imports, of the heartbreaking and the hilarious.

Some titles are were ones we would’ve predicted, having been talked about loudly and often all year (such as Hannah Kent’s mesmerising novel Burial Rit

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The Best Art & Design Books of 2013

by Margaret Snowdon

Here are our top five art and design books from 2013, as selected by our art & design specialist Margaret Snowdon. (Displayed in no particular order).

Art Cities of the Future by Geeta Kapur, Reid Shier & Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

Twelve specially commissioned curators investigate the art being made in Beirut, Delhi, Lagos, Seoul, Bogota, Istanbul, San Juan, Singapore, Cluj, Johannesburg, São Pa…

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The Best Picture Books of 2013

Here are our top ten picks for best picture books from the past year, voted for and loved by Readings staff. Displayed here in no particular order.

Mr Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

Mr Tiger is living the civilised life but he is yearning to walk on the wild side! He heads back to nature but he misses his friends and they miss him. On his return, Mr Tiger finds they have succumbed to a litt…

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The Best Junior & Middle Fiction of 2013

Here, we share our top five picks for best junior fiction from the past year, voted for and loved by Readings staff. Displayed here in no particular order.

A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems

The usually plucky Piggie is upset when a big guy takes her ball. Her sensitive friend Elephant is determined to get it back … until he sees how big the big guy is! But big guys have feelings too and…

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The Best Young Adult Books of 2013

Here are our top ten picks for best young adult fiction from the past year, voted for and loved by Readings staff. (Displayed in no particular order).

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor is a misfit with a dysfunctional family. Park doesn’t quite fit in but has a warm, loving home life. One day the odd girl sits next to the comic book fan on the bus and slowly and sweetly they fall in …

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Mark Rubbo’s Best Books of 2013

by Mark Rubbo

Our Managing Director Mark Rubbo shares his five favourite reads from the past year.

The Memory Trap by Andrea Goldsmith

This is a lovely, thoughtful novel. The protagonist, Nina Goldsmith, is a middle-aged advisor on memorial projects. After spending most of her adult life overseas, she returns to Australia after her marriage fails. There she finds her sister and her partner caught in a sp…

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Fiona Hardy on Crime Book Covers

by Fiona Hardy

Crime-lover and blogger Fiona Hardy considers the book design tropes of crime fiction titles, and whether there are benefits to having oft-repeated motifs.

Let’s play a game. We’ll call it Crime Cover Bingo. If you have a crime book on your shelves that has one of the following on the cover: snow, trees, people in shadow, long empty roads, a fence, or a building at night, then shout BINGO — ev…

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An Extract from Rock Country edited by Chris Ryan

by Helen Carter

Rock Country is romp through the story of Australian rock and pop told by those that lived it, performed it, and adored it. Here’s we share one of the essays from the book - Helen Carter’s ‘Bon Scott: A Smell Like Pheromones’.

It was a dark and potentially stormy night as I waited at the bus stop on the palm-treed traffic island at the corner of Denham and Fletcher streets in South Bondi – dar…

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