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Which Curtis Sittenfeld book should you read first?

by Bronte Coates

Exciting news: Curtis Sittenfeld is coming to Melbourne as part of the Wheeler Centre’s Broadside festival. Perhaps you are a person who is thinking: ‘I am interested to read this extremely good author, but also I am time-poor and do not know where to begin’. This guide is for you…

When shy fourteen-year-old Lee Fiora arrives at the exclusive boarding school of Ault on a scholarship, she fin…

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Moving beyond the postcode with Banksia Gardens

by Gabrielle Williams

In 2019, the Readings Foundation supported the Banksia Gardens Aiming High VCE Support Program. Here, our Grants Officer Gabrielle Williams shares some insight into this highly successful project.

They’re the most insignificant of numbers, literally taking up only a fraction of space on the face of an envelope, and yet the four numbers of your postcode can have an enormous impact on how wealth…

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Readings Prize spotlight: Q&A with Amanda O'Callaghan

by Amanda O'Callaghan

This Taste for Silence by Amanda O'Callaghan is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Here, we chat with O'Callaghan about her road to publication and the power of silence in fiction. Congratulations on being shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction! Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

Thank you! I’m truly ho…

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Our children’s & YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

For Whom the Ball Rolls (The Adventures of Dog Man Book 7) by Dav Pilkey Through My Eyes: Hasina by Michelle Aung Thin (series edited by Lyn White) How to Make a Movie in Twelve Days by Fiona Hardy Young Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood Real Pigeons Fight Crime (Book 1) by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood Real Pigeons Splash Back (Book 4) by Andrew McDonald & Ben W…

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Novels to inspire action in the face of climate crisis

Amid news about rising temperatures and water levels it’s little wonder that a fresh flood of fiction that imagines our future on a changed planet has hit our shelves. In these books, isolation, migration, conflict, competition for resources, established or introduced inequities, solutions, contingencies and new ways of being are explored in surprising ways. Wolfe Island by Lucy Treloar


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What we’re reading: Brodesser-Akner, Torres & Smith

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. Amanda Rayner is reading Glory and its Litany of Horrors by Fernanda Torres (translated by Eric M. B. Becker)

I’m currently reading Glory and its Litany of Horrors by Fernanda Torres, translated from the Portuguese by Eric M. B. Becker. Torres…

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Adventure novels for grown-ups

What does adventure mean to you? Is it travelling to far-away lands, investigating a murder, cheating death, going on a good old-fashioned road trip, or running away to join the circus? We recommend some of our favourite novels that exemplify the spirit of exploration and the dogged pursuit of dangerous truths, risky mysteries and new frontiers of knowledge. State of Wonder by Ann Patchett …

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Five books to give a thoughtful ten-year-old

by Leanne Hall

Books for older primary readers can be enormously thoughtful, covering a range of topics and experiences that reflects the insatiable curiosity and open minds of kids at that age. Here are five recently published books that will get keen young readers thinking. Check Mates by Stewart Foster

Eleven-year-old Felix struggles at school. His ADHD makes it hard to concentrate and no one seems to…

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The 12 most awarded books of 2019 (so far)

Here are the 12 most awarded books of 2019 - so far! Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton

Brisbane, 1983: A lost father, a mute brother, a mum in jail, a heroin dealer for a stepfather and a notorious crim for a babysitter. Eli Bell is just trying to follow his heart, learning what it takes to be a good man, but life just keeps throwing obstacles in the way – not least of which is Tytus Br…

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