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August’s international fiction highlights

We’re so spoilt for choice – there are plenty of fantastic new local and international releases coming out in August. To help you decide what to choose next, we’ve put a spotlight on some of our most anticipated international releases. OUT NOW… Nobber by Oisín Fagan

This unique, experimental take on the Black Death by Irish author Oisín Fagan is not for those offended by graphic language…

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At home with Chris Gordon

by Chris Gordon

Veg: Easy & Delicious Meals for Everyone by Jamie Oliver

Over thirty books, countless television series, numerous restaurants, a steady stream of public-health initiatives and a gaggle of kids since we all embraced the phenomenon of The Naked Chef, Jamie Oliver is back riding the zeitgeist with Veg: Easy & Delicious Meals for Everyone. With plenty of super-tasty, brilliantly simple yet inventi…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo The Art of Growing Up by John Marsden Open House Melbourne Weekend: 2019 Program by Open House Melbourne From Here On, Monsters by Elizabeth Bryer Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton The New Girl by Daniel Silva Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Plots and Prayers by Niki Savva Normal People by Sally Rooney

It would be remiss of us not…

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What We’re Reading: Hale, Grann

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. Declan Murphy is listening to Heroes to Zeros by The Beta Band

Finally available again on vinyl for the first time since 2004. This Britpop-era Scottish band produced brilliantly skewed pop music that set them both ahead and outside of their pack mates of the …

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Dear Reader, August 2019

by Alison Huber

It occurs to me that our two books of the month, Meg Mundell’s The Trespassers and Bruce Pascoe’s Salt, encapsulate this moment in time in the sense that they each demonstrate key concerns of both Australian independent publishing and the culture at large. The former is a genre-defying allegorical novel about climate crisis and refugees that holds a mirror to our darkening age; the latter is a ge…

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We’re announcing a brand-new Kids Book Subscription service!

Readings is thrilled to announce the launch of our new Kids' Book Subscription gift service!

The Readings Kids' Book Subscription is the perfect gift for the little people in your life – a new-release picture book in the post every month handpicked by our children’s book experts, and delivered straight to your lucky recipient. It is the ideal birthday, Christmas or welcome to the world present…

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An update from the Doncaster Middle Fiction Book Club

by Sam Kelly

We checked in with Sam Kelly, the tour-de-force behind our Doncaster store’s Middle Fiction Book Club, to hear all about what the club has been reading, what’s coming up, and which illustrious authors they just may have been visited by. If Young Adult is more your style, Readings Doncaster is also looking at starting a Young Adult Book Club. More info below. Readings Doncaster Middle Fiction …

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The Ned Kelly Awards longlist 2019

The Australian Crime Writers Association has announced the 2019 longlist for the Ned Kelly Awards. Named after the most infamous criminal in Australian history, the awards honour the best crime fiction and true crime writing in the country. Now in its 24th year the Awards are Australia’s oldest and most prestigious crime writing awards. Here are the books longlisted for each category: Best fi…

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Our St Kilda staff are loving…

Our superb St Kilda booksellers are well-read, thoughtful and insightful people, so we thought we’d ask them what books have really resonated of late. Read on for their recommendations. For a scalding novel on identity, read… Freshwater by Akwaeke Emezi

‘Gods, multiple selves (all at once), frat parties, Nigeria and the USA. This is a metaphysical novel that addresses the viscerality and c…

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