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What we’re reading: Ward, Crowley & Grant

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. Pilgrim Hodgson is reading Rawblood by Catriona Ward.

To read a Catriona Ward book is to take her hand and trust, as she leads you on very dark, unpredictable path. Having recently read her bleak and bloody second novel Little Eve and her mi…

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Dear Reader, June 2021

by Alison Huber

I am delighted to begin my column this month with heartfelt congratulations to our programming and events manager, Chris Gordon, who has been shortlisted for the 2021 ABA Bookseller of the Year award. You can’t really think of Readings without thinking of Chris and her boundless energy, her passion for books and their writers, and her natural gift for hospitality, all of which she channels into p…

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Favourite art and design books of 2021 (so far)

by Margaret Snowdon

Readings’ art & design specialist Margaret Snowdon runs through some highlights of the year so far, from frontrunners to the not-so-obvious.

Architecture books have been quite inspiring this year, with Thames & Hudson’s classy monograph Kerstin Thompson Architects (next available mid-June) on the Melbourne-based practice with a progressive approach to place and community. Delving deeper into t…

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David Diop wins the International Booker Prize 2021

David Diop has been selected the winner of this year’s Booker International Prize for his novel, At Night All Blood Is Black. French author Diop and English-language translator Anna Moschovakis will share equally in the £50,000 prize.

Please note: We currently have extremely limited stock of At Night All Blood is Black. Please call your local store to confirm availability before purchasing. We

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The Readings Young Adult Book Prize shortlist 2021

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the 2021 Readings Young Adult Book Prize! Co-chairs of the judging panel Xiao-Xiao Kingham and Kealy Siryj share the judges’ shortlisted choices.

What a fantastically strong year it’s been for Australian Young Adult fiction! We had a tough task choosing our shortlist from over 30 eligible novels, many of which were absolutely gripping reads. The Y…

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Literary thrillers to read in the winter months

If you yearn for dark, tense and moody stories in the colder months, we recommend some of the most outstanding recent literary thrillers. Our picks span disaster novels, psychological tales, near-future dystopias, gothic contemporary fiction, historical thrillers and more.

The End of Men by Christina Sweeney-Baird

Glasgow, 2025. Dr Amanda Maclean is called to treat a young man with a mild …

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Boy’s Club by Michael Warner

In My Defence, I Have No Defence by Sinead Stubbins

Real Estate by Deborah Levy

Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz

Second Place by Rachel Cusk

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Our best-seller from the past week i…

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Books to read during National Reconciliation Week 2021

It’s National Reconciliation Week (27 May - 3 June) - a time for all Australians to learn about First Nations people’s histories, cultures, and achievements, and to explore how each of us can contribute to achieving reconciliation in Australia. The theme this year is ‘More than a word. Reconciliation takes action.’ Here are some recommended books to honour the voices, histories and cultures of A…

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What we’re reading: North, Cusk & Rippin

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. Fiona Hardy is reading Outlawed by Anna North

After loving North’s The Life and Death of Sophie Stark when it came out a few years ago, I was thrilled to pick up a copy of her new book. Set in a slightly different version of classic Movie-Wes…

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