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The best new crime reads in May

by Julia Jackson

This month, Julia Jackson is stepping in as our crime specialist to share 10 great crime reads to look out for this month. CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz

This stunning debut is one of the best books I’ve read this year (so far). Melbourne-based author Jacqueline Bublitz has crafted a haunting story about grief, limbo, transition and friendship that’…

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An interview with Ursula Dubosarsky

Ursula Dubosarsky is the Australian Children’s Laureate for 2020–2021. She is the author of over 60 books, has won many national prizes and been nominated internationally for the Hans Andersen and Astrid Lindgren awards. In advance of their appearances during the MWF Schools, fellow author Ingrid Laguna chats with Dubosarsky about how to become a reader for life, and what books and writing have …

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The best food & gardening books of the month

by Chris Gordon

We are so fortunate that we are not in another country battling a pandemic, but rather here in Australia living in relative peace. There are some things we can do to acknowledge that privilege and it can start at our kitchen table. It does not seem much but honouring our produce and our creators does add to our well-being and culture, and the cookbooks below pay respect to the culinary cultures t…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

Toxic by Richard Flanagan

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

Turns Out I’m Fine by Judith Lucy

With the Falling of the Dusk by Stan Grant

Design: Building on Country by Alison Page & Professor Paul Memmott, edited by Margo Neale

The Truth About China by Bill Birtles

Emotional Female by Yumiko …

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Mark’s Say: May, 2021

by Mark Rubbo

I was doing a bit of tidying up the other week and stumbled upon our Christmas catalogue for 1988. It was a modest production and interestingly a lot of the books we advertised then are still in print, and I was struck by how the prices then aren’t much different now. In 1988 Bruce Chatwin’s The Songlines was $12.95. Using the RBA’s inflation calculator that would make it $30.21 in today’s dollar…

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What we’re reading: Ward, Pollard, & Noni

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 Cattanch is reading The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward.

It seems everyone is talking about The Last House on Needless Street by Catriona Ward. And rightly so. A taunt, sinister, psychological thriller that had me holding m…

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Readings wins Book Retailer of the Year 2021

The winners of the annual Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were announced last night and Readings is honoured to have won this year’s Book Retailer of the Year award!

Managing Director Mark Rubbo says: ‘To win this award for the second time is indeed amazing and a wonderful tribute to all my colleagues kept Readings going through the extended periods of lockdown. I see it, too, as an ack…

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The Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist 2021

The shortlist for the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced!

The Women’s Prize for Fiction celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. This year’s shortlist features six writers who have never before been shortlisted for the prize.

Chair of the 2021 judges, Bernardine Evaristo, says of the shortlist: ‘Fiction by women defies ea

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A beginner’s guide to Lynette Noni

by Claire Heazlewood

One day, a few years ago, I walked into my local bookstore and picked up a copy of Lynette Noni’s first novel, Akarnae. Intrigued, I bought it and read it. Ever since, I have been immersed in the worlds of Lynette Noni. She is a #1 bestselling author – and for good reason. So, now that you know you really should be reading her works, where do you start? This guide is here to help! If you wan…

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