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Penny Tangey wins the Readings Children’s Book Prize 2021

by Clare Millar

We are thrilled to share that the winner of the Readings Children’s Book Prize is As Fast As I Can by Penny Tangey! This thrilling and entertaining sporty adventure will delight readers of ages 8-12.

Ten-year-old Vivian has her life sorted already – she’s determined to go the Olympics. She just doesn’t know in which sport! She’s tried nearly everything, but now she’s found her love of cross cou…

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What we’re reading: Murphy, Rovellis, &  Lord

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. Clare Millar is reading The Shape of Sound by Fiona Murphy

I was so excited about the release of this book. I honestly raced through this one over the Easter break. It’s such a perfectly structured memoir that I felt completed immersed.


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What to read in April

It’s been a while since Haruki Murakami has released a collection of short stories, so no doubt our Fiction Book of the Month, First Person Singular, will be on the top of many people’s reading lists this month. Murakami fans will be pleased with the familiar motifs and themes of his work evident in this volume - jazz, baseball, memory, loneliness and youthful longing.

However, it must be said t…

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What we’re reading: Ryan & Fuller

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. Eleanor Jenkins is reading A Room Called Earth by Madeleine Ryan

I’m reading A Room Called Earth and I’m finding it a joyous stream-of-consciousness ride. I was talking with a friend recently about how Convenience Store Woman left me saddened…

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The best food & gardening books of the month

by Chris Gordon

Australia: The Cookbook by Ross Dobson & Alan Benson

You may already have a Ross Dobson book on your shelves. He is after all a highly acclaimed chef who has written many cookbooks before. But this one, well, this is his masterpiece. With over 350 recipes from all over the world, this enormous tome recognises all our foodie influences. And because it’s Dobson writing, there are also special tr…

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Mark’s Say: April, 2021

by Mark Rubbo

Lygon Street in Carlton and Acland Street in St Kilda were vibrant local shopping strips and wonderful areas to hang out. Sadly, they’ve lost some of their vitality. Both derived much of their energy from the wave of immigrants who came to Australia after the Second World War.

In Lygon Street, Italian immigrants opened small businesses and brought Italian food culture, and especially the espress…

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The 2021 International Booker Prize longlist

The International Booker Prize has revealed the ‘Booker Dozen’ of 13 novels in contention for the 2021 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world.

The prize is awarded every year for a single book that is translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland. It aims to encourage more publishing and reading of quality works of imagination from all o…

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On Events in April, with Chris Gordon

by Chris Gordon

We are keeping our events program out of our shops for the time being. This is good news for those of you who want a guaranteed a seat at our discussions and book launches or indeed, for those of you who would prefer to stay at home. Our events will be staged at external venues near our shops, as well as continuing online via Zoom. My hope is that by offering this hybrid style of programming, the…

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