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Our 2018 Christmas Gift Guide: What to buy your children

by Leanne Hall

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. GIFT IDEAS FOR AGES 0-2

For very little babies, you can’t go wrong with a soft, squishy cloth book. The Wee Gallery cloth books are among some of the classiest, and Friendly Faces in the Forest and Friendly Faces at the Farm are adorable.

Flashcards with high-contrast illustrations a…

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The Voss Literary Prize shortlist 2018

The shortlist for the 2018 Voss Literary Prize has been announced.

The shortlisted titles are:

No More Boats by Felicity Castagna The Last Garden by Eva Hornung The Choke by Sofie Laguna Storyland by Catherine McKinnon The Book of Dirt by Bram Presser Half Wild by Pip Smith

Launched in 2014, the Voss Literary Prize is awarded to the best novel published in Australia in the previous year, and…

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Get ready for Christmas in 2018 with Readings

November has arrived and the Christmas cheer is drawing ever-nearer… Let us help make shopping during this year’s festive season as easy and painless as possible!

Over the next few weeks we’ll be publishing our curated gift guides, sharing our top 10 best books, CDs and DVDs of the year, and releasing our annual Summer Reading Guide which is always jam-packed with recommendations. We’ll also be …

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The winners of the Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2018

The Wilderness Society has revealed the winners of this year’s Environment Award for Children’s Literature. This award is presented annually to fiction and nonfiction books that ‘foster a love of wild places and wildlife in young Australians’ and ‘encourage a sense of responsibility for our natural world’.

Here are the winners for all three categories…

Non-fiction (joint winners) Rock Pool

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Our Christmas opening hours for 2018

Here are the changes to our regular trading hours for each of our seven shops during the Christmas and New Year period. You can view the shop pages here. CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS AT READINGS CARLTON

Monday 3 December – 8am - 11pm
Tuesday 4 December – 8am - 11pm
Wednesday 5 December – 8am - 11pm
Thursday 6 December – 8am - 11pm
Friday 7 December – 8am - 11pm
Sunday 9 December – 9am - 10pm

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Mark’s Say, November 2018

by Mark Rubbo

Not many of you will have heard of Patricia O’Donnell, who sadly passed away last month, and that’s the way she liked it. However, she had a huge impact on Melbourne’s cultural and culinary life that needs to be recognised. My first recollection of meeting Trish was during the Queenscliff Carnival of Words, which Trish initiated. I’d originally known Trish’s sister, Mietta, the proprietor of Miet…

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The Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA) shortlist 2018

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced the shortlist for the 2018 Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA).

The three shortlisted books are:

Gwen by Goldie Goldbloom (published by Fremantle Press) Living in Hope by Frank Byrne with Gerard Waterford & Francis Coughlan (published by Ptilotus Press) Plane Tree Drive by Lynette Washington (published by MidnightSun)

All the 2018 submissions were no…

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Jennifer Down wins the 2018 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction

by Ellen Cregan

The winner of the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction in 2018 is Pulse Points by Jennifer Down.

The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, now in its fifth year, is awarded to a work of fiction by an Australian author. Authors’ first and second works of fiction are eligible for the prize. The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction is one of three literary prizes that Readings awards…

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Anna Burns wins the 2018 Man Booker Prize for Fiction

Congratulations to Anna Burns who has been named the winner of this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction!

Set in Northern Ireland during the Troubles, Milkman is a timely and original novel about a young woman trying to avoid the attentions of an influential and much older man – Milkman.

In this unnamed city, to be interesting is dangerous. Middle sister, our protagonist, is busy attempting to k…

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The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists 2018

The shortlists for this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards have today been announced. These awards celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia.

Here are the full shortlists…

Children’s literature Feathers by Phil Cummings & Phil Lesnie Figgy Takes the City by Tamsin Janu Hark, It’s Me, Ruby Lee! by Lisa Shanahan & Binny Talib Pea Pod Lullaby by Glenda Millard & Stephen Michael Kin…

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