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20% off at Readings Malvern

Rediscover your local and the tomes which have been waiting for you! This week only, we’re offering 20% off* all books at our Malvern shop (Monday 17 to Sunday 23 May).

If you’re looking for inspiration on what to buy, you can browse new release adult books here and find new release children’s and young adult books here. And, of course, our friendly staff in-store are always on hand for recommen…

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What we’re reading: Johnstone, Bergmoser and McDonald

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. Lian Hingee is reading Mirrorland by Carole Johnstone

Parenting a small has played havoc on my reading time, so when my partner and I took our nearly-two-year-old up to visit his grandparents for the first time since before Covid, I took the …

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New and noteworthy biography + memoir

May memoirs are full of reckonings. Below are ten compelling books for those looking to explore journeys of identity and belonging through another’s eyes. Fury by Kathryn Heyman

A roadmap of recovery and transformation, this is the story of becoming heroic in a culture that doesn’t see heroism in the shape of a girl. At the age of twenty, after a traumatic sexual assault trial, Kathryn Heym…

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Reflecting on the Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award winner

by Mike Shuttleworth

The Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award is the richest award for children’s literature. It’s worth around $800,000 – courtesy of the Swedish government – and late last month was awarded to the French writer Jean-Claude Mourlevat. Previous winners have included Maurice Sendak, Sir Philip Pullman, Sonya Hartnett, Meg Rosoff and Shaun Tan. So you might ask, Jean-Claude who?

Late last year Mourlevat’s n…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For book clubs wanting to laugh-cry… Dial A For Aunties by Jesse Sutano

When Meddy Chan accidentally kills her blind date, she turns to her aunties for help. Their meddling set her up on the date so they kind of owe her. Hiding this goddamn dead body is going to be harder than they thought – especially when her family’s wedding business has THE biggest wedding of the year happening right now.…

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Beginner’s Guide to Alice Oseman

by Lucie Dess

Alice Oseman is one of the most authentic and talked-about voices in contemporary YA. Her books are filled with strong friendships, self-discovery, and coming-of-age experiences, while the characters that populate them are both relatable and diverse. This guide can help you work out which Alice Oseman book you should begin with! If you feel like perfect is the only option: Radio Silence


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Eight recent First Nations books for kids & teens

by Leanne Hall

Welcome, Child! by Sally Morgan

This joyous board book welcomes babies to the world with elegantly simple text and beautiful pictures of birds, hearts, stars and flowers. Full of the unconditional love felt for a newborn child, this is a sweet read-aloud to share with little ones.

For ages 0 and up.

Main Abija My Grandad by Karen Rogers

With luscious artwork and a lyrical text in Kri…

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Essay collections to read in May

What makes a body, a person, a life? Explore these questions, among others, through these newly released essay collections. Black is the Body by Emily Bernard

In twelve intensely personal, interconnected essays, Emily Bernard sets out to tell stories from her life that enable her to talk about truth, race, family and relationships, and much more.

She observes the complexities and paradoxes…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Second Place by Rachel Cusk

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

The Truth About China by Bill Birtles

Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz

Turns Out I’m Fine by Judith Lucy

The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

Love Objects by Emily Maguire

Whereabouts by Jhumpa Lahiri

Our best-seller from the past week is Rachel Cusk’s l…

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