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Lessons I’ve learned from mums & grans in picture books

by Bronte Coates

Our digital content manager Bronte Coates shares some of the best parenting advice she’s absorbed from reading picture books over the years. Give your child space to figure out big emotions.

I adore the way Anna Walker celebrates the resilience and creativity of children in her picture books. In Lottie and Walter, Lottie manages to overcome her fear of going in the water thanks to a singing…

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The best psychological thrillers to curl up with in Autumn

As we head deeper into autumn, nights are getting longer and chillier, and conditions are perfect for wrapping up in a blanket, pouring a cup of tea, and losing yourself in a twisty, turny, psychological thriller. Here are some of our favourite picks to keep you on the edge of your (comfortable) seat. Elly by Maike Wetzel (translated by Lyn Marven)

11-year-old Elly is missing. After an exte…

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Chris Gordon’s self-isolation cooking diary: Week 7

For this week’s cooking diary entry, our food and gardening columnist Chris Gordon looks to others for inspiration…

During isolation I have tried cooking a variety of delicious, inspiring dishes. I started off with a few simple ideas for inspiration, and from there I’ve tackled pickling, sourdough and hot cross buns (well, almost). I’ve also embraced my inner Nonna and learned some valuable le…

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Recommended kids books, news & resources for May

by Leanne Hall

In May we have books that will make you want to play with your food, think about respect, be absorbed in family and friendships, get a little creeped out, and look with fresh eyes at recycling, reusing and reducing. Find our May picks for YA books here. FIVE KIDS BOOKS TO READ THIS MONTH Play with Your Plate! by Judith Rossell

Mix and match to your heart’s content with this fun and inno…

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Recommended YA books, news & resources for May

by Leanne Hall

May serves up a glut of quality Australian YA fiction – the second book in Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s blockbuster sci-fi series, and moving contemporary stories from no less than three exciting debut voices. There’s also new books from YA stars Patrick Ness and Suzanne Collins. Find our May picks for kids books here. SIX YA BOOKS TO READ THIS MONTH Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & J…

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Colson Whitehead wins the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Colson Whitehead has won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Nickel Boys.

The Nickel Boys is based on the history of a real ‘reform’ school in 1960s Florida, where the systematic abuse of its African American students is masked by the school’s claims to provide moral training.

The Pulitzer judges commented: ‘A spare and devastating exploration of abuse at a reform school in Jim Crow-era…

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Literary mysteries for book lovers

We’ve got you covered if you’re in the mood for a mystery read that will expand your mind, take you deep into worlds and use some beautiful language along the way. Here are some of our favourite literary books with a mystery at their heart (or if you prefer, mysteries with a literary bent).

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

In 1901, the word ‘Bondmaid' was discovered missing fro…

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

Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle, Book 2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks When It Drops by Alex Dyson Slime by David Walliams & Tony Ross Bluey: Time to Play! Real Pigeons Peck Punches (Real Pigeons, Book 5) by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood Landing with Wings by Trace Balla Dawn of the Underlord (The Bad Guys, Book 11) by Aaron Blabey Sherlock Bones and th

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Phosphorescence by Julia Baird A Bigger Picture by Malcolm Turnbull Normal People by Sally Rooney The Adversary by Ronnie Scott The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel After Australia edited by Michael Mohammed Ahmad (available 26 May) Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo The Loudness of Unsaid Things by Hil…

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Introducing kerbside pick-up at Readings

We’re delighted to announce that from today (Monday 4 May) we are offering a kerbside pick-up service at our Hawthorn, Malvern, Kids and St Kilda shops this week. Our Carlton shop will also be offering the service on Friday 8 May and Saturday 9 May.

If you’re looking to pick up a last-minute Mother’s Day gift, we have plenty of terrific books on offer and can provide recommendations on the spot.…

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