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What we’re reading & recommending during self-isolation

Recommendations from our customers

Last week saw us announce a change to our regular ‘What We’re Reading’ column. In short, we’re currently asking for recommendations from our customers as well as staff.

We got so many wonderful responses this past week.

Michael Wildenauer is getting stuck into Capital and Ideology, which he predicts will keep him going for a while. (We concur!) A radio interv…

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The International Booker Prize shortlist 2020

Congratulations to the authors, translators and publishers shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker International Prize.

Here is the shortlist in full:

The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree by Shokoofeh Azar (translated by an anonymous translator from Farsi) The Adventures of China Iron by Gabriela Cabezón Cámara (translated by Iona Macintyre and Fiona Mackintosh from Spanish) Tyll by Daniel K…

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20% off popular cookbooks

Throughout the month of April, we are offering 20% off a range of essential cookbooks.

These are all cookbooks that our booksellers and customers love – the ones we always keep on the shelves of our shops because we are always recommending. There’s something for every home cook here, with titles from Yotam Ottolenghi, Phillippa Grogan, Hetty McKinnon, Julia Busuttil Nishimura, and more.


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Mark’s Coronavirus Diary, Thursday 27 March 2020

by Mark Rubbo

I email our accountant asking how long can we trade without any income? What are our liabilities? What can we do for our staff? We have a number of casuals with no leave provisions, how can we help? Who needs help? What about our publishers and authors? How will we sell their books? How will we let you know about them? How can we get them to you?

My dear son Joe says these times will test our re…

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A message from our programming & events manager

by Chris Gordon

Winter is coming, but it’s still sunny here. This is what I do know about the literary community. It is a generous and resilient being, even when faced with a complete reckoning of sorts. Authors, publicists, publishers, book sellers and readers all fall into this extraordinary cohort of people that will not be stopped.

Although opportunities to celebrate and discuss new works and ideas have cha…

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The CBCA Book of the Year Awards shortlists 2020

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its Book of the Year Awards shortlists for 2020. Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators, editors and publishers!

Here are the shortlists for each category.

Older Readers (for ages 13-18 years) The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox Ghost Bird by Lisa Fuller When the Ground is Hard by …

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An important message to all Readings customers

by Mark Rubbo

Dear Friends of Readings,

In 51 years of business Readings has really only closed its doors on Christmas day (apart from the time when Carlton’s sewer burst – that was unpleasant). We pride ourselves on supplying books, music and film to the public of Melbourne and Australia.

We have remained open during the current crisis, partly because our job is selling books, but also because we know that …

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Books to gift your co-workers

It’s been a tough and trying time for many industries and some of you may be feeling extra appreciative of your work colleagues right now – especially if you haven’t seen them in a while. Distance, heart, etc… Whether you’re trying to express your warm thanks or you just feel obliged, here’s a handy list of books that you can gift in your workplace. THEY’RE LEAVING THE WORKPLACE Blueberri

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Winners of the Indie Book Awards 2020

The winners of the Indie Book Awards 2020 have been announced.

Each year, independent booksellers from around Australia get together and vote for their favourite titles in six different categories, as well as their favourite book overall. Here are the winners for each category.

The Fiction winner and and the overall Indie Book of the Year winner is…
There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett


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The CILIP Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals shortlists 2020

The shortlists for the 2020 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced.

The Carnegie Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people.

Here are the shortlisted books for the 2020 Carnegie Medal:

The Black Flamingo by Dean Atta, illustrated by Anshika Khullar Nowhere on Earth by Nick Lake Lark by Anthony McGowa…

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