Books posts

Five books I escaped into this past year

by George Delaney

Carlton bookseller George Delaney shares five books escaped into during 2017. Cool For You by Eileen Myles

Eileen Myles’s third autobiographical novel has been out of print for a while but returned in an Australian edition this year, right on time for me to continue making my way through her incredible body of work. Though she is largely known as a poet, Myles does something wonderful with …

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My London inspired reading list

by Ann Le Lievre

Schools and library liaison Ann Le Lievre shares the books she’s hoping to get stuck into over summer.

I spent four weeks in London earlier this year and it was a life-changing experience. It was my first overseas trip for a very long time, and the simple act of walking the city streets brought me into contact with views of the landscape, buildings and history in ways that I cannot begin to ex…

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Translated books we loved in 2017

Our staff share some of their favourite translated books from the past year.

‘I have been collecting titles from the Penguin China Specials and The Hong Kong Penguin Specials series fanatically! Some of these bitesize books are translated and some are written in original English.

A translated favourite is Dung Kai-Cheung’s Cantonese Love Stories – a collection of 25 short stories so brief the…

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Five​ ​books​ ​I​ ​couldn’t ​get​ ​out​ ​of​ ​my​ ​head in 2017

by Ellen Cregan

Doncaster bookseller Ellen Cregan shares five books that she read this year – and still can’t get out of her head. My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

This is a tough book to read. Turtle is 14 and lives in rural California with her doomsday prepping father from which she suffers sexual abuse and terrifying mood swings, often escaping into the woods to avoid him. She is an outcast at sch…

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Graphic novels & comics we loved in 2017

Our staff share some of their favourite comics and graphic novels from the past year.

‘Like many of my colleagues at Readings, I absolutely adored Eyes Too Dry, the collaborative graphic novel from Alice Chipkin and Jessica Tavassoli. This work is so heartfelt, and I found myself revisiting various sections over the course of the year, long after I’d finished reading the book in its entirety. …

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Literary prize winners to read over summer

Looking for something to read during the holidays? Here are some of the biggest literary prize winners of the past year. Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders

Winner of the Man Booker Prize 2017

As the American Civil War rages, President Lincoln’s beloved 11-year-old son lies gravely ill. In a matter of days, Willie dies and is laid to rest in a Georgetown cemetery. Newspapers report tha…

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Anti-Christmas reads for Grinches

If even the slightest whisper of Christmas cheer feels like fingernails grinding on a a chalkboard then these are the books for you. This list has it all – cults, creepy children, grisly medical operations, frightening dystopian visions of the future, families murdering their own – and you can find even more recommendations in the collection below. Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

One hot August da…

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20 gift ideas under $20

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Here are 20 gift ideas for under $20. Plus, you can find even more budget-friendly recommendations by browsing the collections below. The Botanical Wall Chart by Anna Laurent

Botanical charts have recently experienced a resurgence in interest, both as pieces of art and as objects of …

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey Force of Nature by Jane Harper Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders Mythos by Stephen Fry The Travelling Cat Chronicles by Hiro Arikawa (translated by Philip Gabriel) 5 Ingredients: Quick & Easy Food by Jamie Oliver Stories by Helen Garner The Passage of Love by Alex Miller True Stories by Helen Garner First Person by Richard Flanagan

We were delighted to…

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