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Finalists for National Book Critics Circle Awards 2019

The finalists for this year’s National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) awards have been announced. The NBCC honours outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature.

Here is the complete list of NBCC Award finalists for the publishing year 2019:

Fiction Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat Feast Your Eyes by Myla Goldberg The Topeka School by Ben Ler…

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What we’re reading: Jeanette Winter, Lara Williams & Muriel Spark

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. Dani Solomon is reading Our House Is on Fire by Jeanette Winter

Right now with the smoke from bushfires around the country choking Melbourne it’s so easy to fall into hopeless despair. What can we do? What can I do? How can I beat 200 bushfire…

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Books we want to see in 2020

Our booksellers share their thoughts on the kinds of books they’d like to get their hands on 2020 – everything from a trendy collection of nontoxic cleaning ideas, to more rainbow families in middle grade.

“A fashion history of hats that covers the way Trump has politicised the baseball hat, and more. Also in nonfiction, I would definitely read a book on the rise of neighbourhoods and what the…

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Five authors to read while you wait for the new Ferrante

The English translation of Elena Ferrante’s new novel, The Lying Life of Adults, is set to hit Australian bookshelves in June of this year! Here are five authors for Ferrante fans to read while they wait. Natalia Ginzburg (1916-1991)

We are in the midst of a Natalia Ginzburg revival of sorts, with a number of her works having been translated for English readers over the past couple of years…

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Meet our new Human Resources Manager Megan Wood

by Megan Wood

Megan Wood started at Readings in late 2019, stepping into the role of Human Resources Manager for the company. Here, we ask her about her about some of her favourite authors, and which fictional world she’d choose to live inside of. Describe your taste in books.

I find my taste varies quite a lot. I wouldn’t say I have one particular genre or style of book that I favour, it really depends on…

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What YA book to read next, based on your zodiac sign

by Leanne Hall

It’s crucial to get your summer reading just right – so we’ve selected your next YA read based on your zodiac sign. Naturally, our choices are all one thousand percent correct and we will hear no criticism…

What to read if you’re an Aries… Wilder Girls by Rory Power

Aries, you are passionate, competitive and the first to leap into action, so we think you’ll love the tenacity of Hetty, Ree…

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The Costa Book Awards winners 2019

Congratulations to the winners of the 2019 Costa Book Awards.

These awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland, across five different categories. They are intended to reward the most enjoyable book in each category, with the winner of the overall £30,000 book of the year prize to be announced on 28 January.

First novel

The wi…

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The 100 bestselling books at Readings in 2019

Here are our 100 bestselling books from the past year. We’ve also compiled our 10 bestselling albums of 2019 and our 10 bestselling DVDs of 2019.

Of the 100 books listed below…

32 are non-fiction
31 are fiction
14 are children’s books (4 picture books, 2 junior grade books, 6 middle grade books, 2 YA books)
13 are biographies or memoirs
5 are crime reads
3 are cookbooks
3 are collecte…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens The Weekend by Charlotte Wood Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas Bruny by Heather Rose The Anarchy by William Dalrymple Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (translated by Geoffrey Trousselot) Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo Sand Talk by Tyson Yunkaporta The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu ap…

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