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The winners of the Environment Award for Children’s Literature 2018

The Wilderness Society has revealed the winners of this year’s Environment Award for Children’s Literature. This award is presented annually to fiction and nonfiction books that ‘foster a love of wild places and wildlife in young Australians’ and ‘encourage a sense of responsibility for our natural world’.

Here are the winners for all three categories…

Non-fiction (joint winners) Rock Pool

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Our Christmas opening hours for 2018

Here are the changes to our regular trading hours for each of our seven shops during the Christmas and New Year period. You can view the shop pages here. CHRISTMAS OPENING HOURS AT READINGS CARLTON

Monday 3 December – 8am - 11pm
Tuesday 4 December – 8am - 11pm
Wednesday 5 December – 8am - 11pm
Thursday 6 December – 8am - 11pm
Friday 7 December – 8am - 11pm
Sunday 9 December – 9am - 10pm

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Lost Man by Jane Harper Milkman by Anna Burns Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales Ottolenghi SIMPLE by Yotam Ottolenghi Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty The Three Secret Cities by Matthew Reilly Preservation by Jock Serong Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak The Arsonist by Chloe Hooper Books That Saved My Life by Michael McGirr

Jane Harper’s addictive new thriller tops our list of bestsell…

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

Wundersmith: The Calling of Morrigan Crow (Nevermoor Book 2) by Jessica Townsend The Meltdown (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 13) by Jeff Kinney All the Ways to be Smart by Allison Colpoys & Davina Bell The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas Kingdom of Ash (Throne of Glass Book 7) by Sarah J. Maas Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan Wakestone Hall (Stella Montgomery Book 3) by Judith Rossell Lenny’s Book

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The best new crime reads in November & December

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH The Lost Man by Jane Harper

Jane Harper won so many awards for her debut novel, The Dry, that I could use my entire word count just listing them. But if I did that, I wouldn’t have the chance to tell you to go and read this, her standalone third book, and another powerful read that cements her as one of Australia’s premier authors.

The Lost Man will coat everything …

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What we’re reading: Brandy Colbert, Karen Foxlee & Behrouz Boochani

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. Bronte Coates is reading Little & Lion by Brandy Colbert

I read this YA novel after it was recommended to me by a coworker and (as per the rule of recommendations from my colleagues) I really loved it. Suzette was unwillingly sent away to boarding school when …

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The best new cookbooks in November

by Chris Gordon

Special Guest by Annabel Crabb & Wendy Sharpe

If, as I do, you love a good, solid cookbook with a sense of humour and exuberance, then Special Guest is the pick of this month’s cookbook bunch. Annabel Crabb and Wendy Sharpe share recipes perfect for the home cook who is juggling an enormous range of activities but still wants to share a home-cooked meal that caters to all needs. Each dish come…

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YA books, events & news for November

by Leanne Hall

We go to strange new worlds in this month’s YA offerings: into the skies, other dimensions, famous cemeteries and places between life and death. Find our November picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH A Winter’s Promise by Christelle Dabos (translated by Hildegarde Serle)

The world has been affected by the cataclysmic Rupture, and now exists as a collection of floating Arks, e…

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Kids books, events & news for November

by Leanne Hall

Two exciting Australian middle grade titles are out this month from beloved authors Jaclyn Moriarty and Karen Foxlee, as well as sensitive explorations of WWI, an unusual inside look at storybook villains, a gorgeous illustrated books about ecosystems and a sci-fi modern classic soon to hit our screens. Find our November picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH Lenny’s Book of Eve

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A witchy reading list for Halloween

This Halloween season is feeling particularly witchy and we couldn’t be happier! Here is a reading list to help you get into the mood. For high drama and romance… ….try A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness

Deep in the stacks of Oxford’s Bodleian Library, young scholar Diana Bishop unwittingly calls up a bewitched alchemical manuscript. Descended from an old and distinguished line of …

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