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Vicki Laveau-Harvie wins the 2019 Stella Prize

The winner of this year’s Stella Prize is The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie.

The Erratics is an intensely gripping, yet black-humoured family memoir, which follows Laveau-Harvie as she is summoned to her estranged parents' isolated ranch home in Canada after her elderly mother is unexpectedly hospitalised. Upon her arrival, she is horrified by the neglect she discovers. What ensues is a power …

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Our favourite Stella Prize discoveries

In the seven years since it launched, the Stella Prize has exposed Australian readers to a wide variety of books through their annual longlists and shortlists – from novellas to short stories, dystopian speculative fiction to young adult novels. In this post, our booksellers share some of their favourite books that they discovered through the Stella Prize. An Uncertain Grace by Krissy Kneen…

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

Wilam: A Birrarung Story by Aunty Joy Murphy, Andrew Kelly & Lisa Kennedy Welcome to Country by Aunty Joy Murphy & Lisa Kennedy Hopping Weird (Weirdo Book 12) by Anh Do All the Ways to Be Smart by Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys Fing by David Walliams & Tony Ross Catching Teller Crow by Ambelin Kwaymullina & Ezekiel Kwaymullina Make Believe: M.C. Escher for Kids by Kate Ryan & Cally Bennett Where’

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For a thoughtful discussion about the lives of women and hidden family secrets… Invented Lives by Andrea Goldsmith

It is the mid-1980s and 24-year-old Jewish book illustrator Galina Kogan and her mother leave Leningrad, leaving behind a tumultuous Soviet Bloc to make a new life in Melbourne, Australia. As Galina confronts the cultural differences of Melbourne life and the expectations placed …

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What we’re reading: Robinson, Hendrick and Gale

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Chris Gordon is reading The Glad Shout by Alice Robinson

The premise of The Glad Shout by Alice Robinson completely threw me. Set in the (not-so-distant) future, Australia is flooded, and the main protagonist, Isobel, is left with her daughter in a survival si…

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We love Lanny by Max Porter

Max Porter’s second book, Lanny, is a short and powerful novel that has our booksellers rhapsodising over its language, its breadth of ideas and its ability to move you to tears. Shot through with wit, lyricism and emotional insight, it more than lives up to the promise of Porter’s universally praised debut Grief is the Thing with Feathers. Here is a collection of testimonials from booksellers w…

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The Folio Prize shortlist 2019

The shortlist for the 2019 Rathbones Folio Prize has been announced.

The shortlisted titles are:

Can You Tolerate This by Ashleigh Young The Crossway by Guy Stagg Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile by Alice Jolly Milkman by Anna Burns Ordinary People by Diana Evans The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus There There by Tommy Orange West by Carys Davies

Launched in 2014 as an alternative to the Man Booker …

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YA books, events & news for April

This month we’re excited about a wonderful guide for resilient teens, surreal and quirky stories, hard-hitting contemporary fiction and a cross-cultural coming-of-age story. Find our April picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH Good Selfie: Tips & Tools for Teens to Nail Life by Turia Pitt & Freda Chiu

Motivational speaker, athlete and burns survivor Turia Pitt has written a gu…

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20% off vinyl this April

As we count down the sleeps to Record Store Day on Saturday 13 April, Readings is celebrating all month long, with 20% off full-price vinyl.

Handpicked by our music specialists, our vinyl collection includes old favourites alongside exciting new releases. Discover new releases here, or find out what our staff are listening to here.

If you’re building your own collection from scratch, you might …

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