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Bookseller raves about Jenny Offill’s new novel

The long-awaited new novel from author Jenny Offill, Weather, has arrived in-store this month and we’re already sure it’s going to be one of the best books of 2020. Our booksellers share why they love it here.

“Jenny Offill is a writer of our time. Her insights are luminous and startlingly familiar, her style effortless. I loved this book, I only wish there was more of it! Weather is sure to b…

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Books from our cancelled events in March & April

Earlier this week, we made the upsetting but ultimately necessary decision to cancel all Readings events (up until 30 April) due to the coronavirus health crisis. However, we don’t want that to deter people from celebrating, buying, reading and discussing the books that are being released in the next two months. Below is a round-up of all of the exciting fiction, non-fiction, memoir, cookbooks, …

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Our favourite worlds in middle grade fantasy

by Leanne Hall

One of the joys of reading fantasy is being transported to other worlds that are breathtakingly different – and fascinatingly similar – to the our own regular human world. Here are some favourite books for children that take us to places strange and wonderful. All these picks are suitable for ages 9 to 12.

Dragon’s Green by Scarlett Thomas

The first book in Scarlett Thomas’s amazing World

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel 1989: The Great Grand Final by Tony Wilson Beatrix Bakes by Natalie Paull The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan We Can’t Say We Didn’t Know by Sophie McNeill Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe We Were Never Friends by Margaret Bearman Blueberries by Ellena Savage Truganini by Cassandra Pybus Weather by Jenny Offill

Hilary Mantel’s final book in her Wolf Hall trilogy…

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Our top picks for book clubs this month

For book clubs who get excited to discover great debut authors… The Coconut Children by Vivian Pham

Vincent Tran has returned after two years in juvie, and his childhood friend Sonny Vuong looks on from a distance at this boy she once knew so intimately, now an intriguing stranger. The two are unexpectedly drawn back together by a series of strange events – a drunk grandma, a secret porn sta…

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What we’re reading: Mantel, Christle & Keyes

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. Tye Cattanach is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

I’ve been lured into what might seem a daunting commitment (so many pages) by my wildly enthusiastic colleagues and my own curiosity. After all, it’s not every day I hear such glowing praise …

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Parents recommend bedtime books for babies & toddlers

In (hopeful!) recognition of World Sleep Day, we’ve asked some of the parents who work at Readings to share their favourite bedtime books for babies and toddlers.

“My daughter was a fairly anxious child and always struggled to separate at bedtime and go to sleep, but she was very resistant to any meditation or calming exercises at any time of the day. Between the ages of 3 and 6 I regularly re…

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Winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards 2020

The 2020 winners of the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) awards have been announced. The NBCC honours outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature.

Here is a complete list of NBCC award winners…

Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat

Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

Know My Name by Chanel Miller


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Meet the bookseller with Kim Gruschow

by Kim Gruschow

In this month’s Meet the Bookseller column we chat with Kim Gruschow, a buyer and experienced children’s and YA specialist at our St Kilda shop. She chats about the pleasure of translated fiction, the rise of books about climate crisis, and shares who she’d invite to a dinner party – and why. Describe your taste in books.

I like very specific visual catalogues. I like sharp novels that come i…

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