Books posts

Great books for mothers & daughters to read together

Reading a book together can be a lovely bonding experience for parents and children. Here are some of our best recommendations across different ages. Recommended books to share with children ages 8-12 R.J. Palacio’s Wonder is a perennial favourite at Readings, and its central message of empathy makes it a fantastic book for kids and adults to read together.

R.M. Romero weaves together m…

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Eight new retellings & reimaginings of classics

by Lian Hingee

There are certain stories that we keep coming back to time and again in many different incarnations. Traditional stories, folktales, fairytales, myths and legends – they’ve lasted this long because their enduring themes are as relevant today as they were hundreds, even thousands of years ago. Here are eight recent releases where classic stories have been re-interpreted for a contemporary new aud…

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What books will we see parodied in the new season of Younger?

We’re excited that Younger will be returning to our screens on June 5. This fun, addictive and yes, very unrealistic, show about working in a publishing house has affectionately satirised many real-life books and authors in previous episodes. Here are our guesses for what books and trends the show will skewer in the third season. Milk and Honey by Rupi Kaur

Instagram poets and YouTube stars…

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Alexis Wright wins the 2018 Stella Prize

The winner of this year’s Stella Prize is Tracker by Alexis Wright.

Tracker is a collective memoir of the charismatic Aboriginal leader, political thinker and entrepreneur Tracker Tilmouth, who died in Darwin in 2015 at the age of 62. The book is as much a testament to the powerful role played by storytelling in contemporary Aboriginal life as it is to the legacy of an extraordinary man.

Fiona …

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For a gathering with friends… The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted by Robert Hillman

The Bookshop of the Broken Hearted is a tremendous new novel by award-winning author Robert Hillman. It is the story of Tom Hope, a farmer, and Hannah Babel, a small-town bookseller. Tom dares to believe they could make each other happy. But it is 1968 – 24 years since Hannah and her own little boy arrived at A…

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Our favourite siblings in books & film

Our staff share some of their favourite fictional sibling relationships in books and film.

‘My favourite sibling pairings in books are generally on the more sinister side of things. One of my all-time favourite authors is A.S. Byatt, who is known for real-life sibling drama with her sister Margaret Drabble, also an author. Byatt’s book The Game details the relationship between two very competi…

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Read an extract from Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia

by Zachary Penrith- Puchalski

Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia is an important new anthology edited by Anita Heiss. From well-known and new voices, Heiss has brought together a compelling range of experiences and perspectives in this collection. ‘Abo Nose’ by Zachary Penrith-Puchalski is one such account.

I am Koori – my tribe is Yorta Yorta.

I didn’t know I was black till I was seven years old. I didn’t know that peopl…

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