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Our 2019 Christmas Gift Guide: The teen edition

by Leanne Hall

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. CONTEMPORARY STORIES & ROMANCE

If your teen is allergic to dragons but loves relatable stories, here are some of the great realist books that are currently impressing us.

On The Come Up is Angie Thomas’s much-anticipated follow-up to her mega-hit The Hate U Give. Brianna is sixteen-y…

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Our 2019 Christmas Gift Guide: The kids edition

by Leanne Hall

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. GIFT IDEAS FOR AGES 0-2

Board books make wonderful gifts for little people with chubby little hands and curious eyes, and there are some beautiful options available this year. Artist-designer Beci Orpin’s Dressing Your Family and Moving Your Body have simple text that encourages babie…

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Our Christmas opening hours for 2019

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

Sunday 15 December – 9am - 10pm
Monday 16 December – 8am - 11pm
Tuesday 17 December – 8am - 11pm
Wednesday 18 December – 8am - 11pm
Thursday 19 December – 8am - 11pm
Friday 20 December – 8am - 11…

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Get ready for Christmas with Readings

November has arrived and the countdown to Christmas cheer is starting… Let us help make shopping during this year’s festive season as painless as possible.

Over the next few weeks we’ll be publishing our curated gift guides, sharing our top 10 best books, CDs and DVDs of the year, and releasing our annual Summer Reading Guide, which is always jam-packed with great recommendations.

We’ll also be…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Your Own Kind of Girl by Clare Bowditch Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo The Weekend by Charlotte Wood Agent Running in the Field by John le Carré Blue Moon (Jack Reacher, Book 24) by Lee Child Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Catch and Kill by Ronan Farrow The Dutch House by Ann Patchett Fighting for Hakeem by Craig Foster with Alex Engel-Mallon

November is alwa…

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The Staunch Book Prize shortlist 2019

The shortlist for this year’s Staunch Book Prize has been announced.

Established by UK screenwriter Bridget Lawless, this prize is awarded to the best thriller novel in which no woman is beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered, and aims to ‘make space for an alternative to the overload of violence towards women in fiction’.

The six shortlisted titles for 2019 are:

Only to Sleep

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

The Secret Commonwealth (The Book of Dust, Volume 2) by Philip Pullman Young Dark Emu: A Truer History by Bruce Pascoe Explore Your World by Tim Flannery & Sam Caldwell Angel Mage by Garth Nix Golden Unicorn (Rise of the Mythix, Book 1) by Anh Do & Chris Wahl Bluey: The Beach (A Lift-the-Flap Book) by Bluey The Tiny Star by Mem Fox & Freya Blackwood Mr Chicken All Over Australia by Leigh Hobb Ti

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What we’re reading: Winterson, Rooney & Colfer

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. Tye Cattanach is reading The Passion by Jeanette Winterson

I picked up this slim little volume after reading Winterson’s The Daylight Gate and finding myself ruined for reading anyone else for the time being. It seemed only sensible to work my…

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The best new crime reads in November & December

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH

True West by David Whish-Wilson (available 5 November)

If you want to get truly knocked about by a book, True West is what you want in front of you. Set in Western Australia in 1988, this is the visceral tale of Lee Southern, a young man driving south, away from a bad life he’s literally set aflame, feeling hopeful that he’s going towards something better. With a fr…

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The best new cookbooks in November

by Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon, our monthly food and gardening columnist, shares four of her favourite cookbooks out in November. Just Desserts by Charlotte Ree

These are all the things I love about Charlotte Ree’s debut book: the way it looks, the way it feels, and the possibility it offers that all these cakes and slices could be mine. Instagram sensation Charlotte Ree is famous for her delicious cooking a…

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