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The best picture books of 2017

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books, albums, films and TV shows of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 picture books of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books, CDs & DVDs of 2017 here.) Triangle by Mac Barnett & Jon Klassen

Triangle sets off through a landscape of shapes to play a sneaky t…

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The best fiction books of 2017

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books, albums, films and TV shows of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 fiction books of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books, CDs & DVDs of 2017 here.) Pachinko by Min Jee Lee

Family and history come together in this captivating saga that spans nearly 100 …

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The best middle fiction books of 2017

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books, albums, films and TV shows of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 middle fiction books of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books, CDs & DVDs of 2017 here.) Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend

Morrigan Crow is a cursed child, doome…

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The best DVDs of 2017

by Jo Case

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books, albums, films and TV shows of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 DVDs of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books, CDs & DVDs of 2017 here.) Get Out

Cross The Stepford Wives with Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner and the comedic brain of Key & Peele, and you …

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Winners of the National Book Awards 2017

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s National Book Awards! 2017 Fiction Winner Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

13-year-old Jojo and his younger sister Kayla live with their grandparents in rural Mississippi. When their father, a white man, is released from prison, their mother Leonie packs the children into her car with a friend, and together they set off to collect the man sh…

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Our 2017 Christmas Gift Guide: What to buy your significant other

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. If they enjoy throwing dinner parties… For comforting, delicious and heartwarming try Ostro by Julia Busuttil Nishimura. This one is especially great if your significant other (S.O.) has a pasta machine gathering dust in their cupboard as Julia demonstrates how to make a wide range o…

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Our 2017 Christmas Gift Guide: What to buy your siblings

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. If they’ve recently moved out of home… House plants are experiencing a revival of sorts and there are plenty of books with information about how to maintain and style them, such as the Plant Style, or the aptly named How Not to Kill Your House Plant. It’s common knowledge that most s…

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Gerard Elson on the importance of The Damage Report

by Gerard Elson

You have to admit, it’s a crazy idea.

Beginning February 25, 2016, Zo Damage, Melburnian gig photographer extraordinaire, would photograph at least one live band per calendar entry over the next year. For obvious reasons, the endeavour came to be known as the 365 Day Project. Four days later, when Damage and her Canon EOS-1 were primely positioned at a Golden Girls gig at the Northcote Social Cl…

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We test out recipes from Poh Bakes 100 Greats

Earlier this week we roadtested different recipes from Poh Ling Yeow’s new cookbook, Poh Bakes 100 Greats, and invited Poh to come in and select the best one! Here are the results of our final Readings bake-off for 2017… Michael Wallace made ‘Flourless Chocolate Cake with Guinness Ice Cream’ (pg. 140):

Poh’s recipe proved pretty, pretty tasty. I’d baked flourless chocolate cakes with almon…

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Our 2017 Christmas Gift Guide: What to buy your parents

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. If they’re long overdue for a rest… For the parent who loves nature – Dreamscapes is a stunning and inspiring collection of more than 50 of the world’s most beautiful gardens from across the globe. For a smart beach read try Manhattan Beach – an immersive and transformative work of h…

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