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An update about the Readings Monthly in 2020

Since its early days, Readings has published the Readings Monthly – our free, independent newspaper. Featuring books, albums, DVDs, events, reviews, news, interviews, author features, and more, this newsletter has grown over many years into a full-colour, 24-page monthly publication. Produced by a small but passionate editorial and design team, the Readings Monthly brings together contributions f…

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ALS Gold Medal 2020 shortlist

The Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding literary work published in the preceding year.

Here are the shortlisted books for 2020:

Element by Jordie Albiston

Nganajungu Yagu by Charmaine Papertalk Green

There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett

Exploded View by Carrie Tiffany

The Weekend by Charlotte Wood

Congratulations to all the authors on the s…

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Non-fiction books to expand your mind in May

May has been a bumper month for non-fiction readers. Here are 10 brilliant new books to help you learn something new about the world around you. Notes from an Apocalypse by Mark O'Connell

In the remote mountains of Scotland, in high-tech bunkers in South Dakota and in the lush valleys of New Zealand, small groups of determined people are getting ready. They are environmentalists who fear th…

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Recommended reads from non-binary authors

With Pride Month fast approaching, we’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite recent reads from non-binary authors. These books range from poetry to fantasy, from memoir to literary fiction.

For a moving, lyrical read… Throat by Ellen van Neerven

This is the second poetry collection from Mununjali Yugambeh writer Ellen van Neerven. Exploring love, language and land, van Neerven flexes…

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

Bluey: The Creek Bluey: The Beach Slime by David Walliams & Tony Ross Dawn of the Underlord (The Bad Guys, Episode 11) by Aaron Blabey The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks Real Pigeons Peck Punches (Real Pigeons, Book 5) by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood Landing with Wings by Trace Balla Bluey: Big Backyard Bin Chicken by Kate Temple & Ronojoy Ghosh As Fast As I Can by Penny Tangey

Are youn…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Phosphorescence by Julia Baird Normal People by Sally Rooney The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe A Bigger Picture by Malcolm Turnbull Preserving the Italian Way by Pietro Demaio See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

There are plenty of famili…

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A book-giving program

Here at Readings, we receive numerous books from publishers for reviewing and marketing purposes. These books are normally proofs – early editions of a book that have not yet been proofread and may contain errors. They are printed so that booksellers and media may read the book ahead of time, and they usually don’t feature the book’s final cover, and sometimes more editorial changes will be made …

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Chris Gordon’s self-isolation cooking diary: Week 8

by Chris Gordon

In this final instalment of Chris Gordon’s self-isolation cooking diary, she looks to planning a future feast in gratitude of others.

Likely, you are reading this column because you are part of the Readings family. You believe that independent bookshops make a difference to our community, that they are worthy of support. And as restrictions around Covid-19 begin to relax and our social paramet…

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Our top picks for book clubs this month

For book clubs who want to lean into our current situation… The End of October by Lawrence Wright

At an internment camp in Indonesia, 47 people are pronounced dead with acute hemorrhagic fever. Henry Parsons – microbiologist, epidemiologist – travels there on behalf of the World Health Organization to investigate, and what he finds will have repercussions across the globe: an infected man is…

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Eight great new queer YA books

by Leanne Hall

If you’re in need of your next queer YA read, look no further. Some of our favourite recent releases include a visit to San Francisco in the punk era, warm magical realism, epic fantasy, gripping contemporary fiction, a graphic novel and a heart-baring memoir.

Music from Another World by Robin Talley

Two teenage girls from opposite ends of California are assigned as school pen pals in 1977…

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