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What we’re reading: Hale, Raskin & Kim

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. Angela Crocombe is reading Kind of a Big Deal by Shannon Hale

This time of year is fantastic for getting large quantities of reading done, which I have certainly achieved. I bought my 12-year-old daughter a copy of Kind of a Big Deal by Shann…

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The Costa Book Awards winners 2020

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 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 26 January.

First novel

The wi…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart The Yield by Tara June Winch The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams Honeybee by Craig Silvey All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton The Survivors by Jane Harper Ottolenghi FLAVOUR by Yotam Ottolenghi & Ixta Belfrage A Promised Land by Barack Obama Mayflies by Andrew O'Hagan What Is to Be Done by Barry Jones

Everyone has been enjoying delving into some qua…

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See you all in 2021

2020 has been a challenging year around the world, and here in Melbourne, it was no different. Opening with a series of catastrophic bushfires, before the arrival of the coronavirus to Australian shores and a devastating mid-year outbreak in Victoria which necessitated a strict lockdown and saw Readings close their doors for the first time in 51 years of business – it’s hard to imagine anyone in …

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Our 2021 literary resolutions

Our staff share their literary resolutions for the new year.

“Okay look. This is it. 2021 is going to be the year I crack poetry. For so long, I’ve shied away from written poetry, feeling myself too dense, too literal, for all those volatile emotions overflowing from the innocuously slim spines on the poetry shelves. I’m not a sensitive Aeolian harp! I played a sensible four years of piano and…

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What we’re reading over summer

Our staff share the books they’re planning to read over summer.

“Linn Ullmann’s Unquiet, has come to my attention with the highest of commendations from a number of brilliant women I greatly admire – our head book buyer, Alison Huber, as well as the writers, Deborah Levy, Rachel Cusk, Ali Smith, Lydia Davis, and Claire Messud – so this memoir as novel is my number one pick to help me escape fr…

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Summer reads for teens

Need an entertaining YA read to get you through the summer months? We’ve got recommendations for every taste – romance, sci-fi, mystery, fantasy and more. The Cousins by Karen M. McManus

Cousins Milly, Audrey and Jonah have been invited by their rich and estranged grandmother to spend the summer at her island resort. Their grandmother disinherited her own children – their parents – many yea…

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My six favourite reads of 2020

Our digital content manager Bronte Coates shares six of her favourite reads from this year – including a wholly immersive fantasy tome, a moving blend of poetry and memoir, and a provocative bestseller from Norway. A book that helped me escape… The Absolute Book by Elizabeth Knox

This epic fantasy tome from New Zealander Elizabeth Knox follows Taryn Cornick as she is drawn into a mysteriou…

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My five favourite reads of 2020

by Lian Hingee

Our digital marketing manager Lian Hingee shares five of her favourite reads from this past year, including gorgeously written fantasy and spine-melting true crime. Piranesi by Susannah Clarke

I’d been wallowing in a months-long reading rut when I was offered a copy of Susanna Clarke’s long-awaited second novel for review. I’d loved her multi-award winning first book, but it was a dense his…

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