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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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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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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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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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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

A Promised Land by Barack Obama Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart Ottolenghi FLAVOUR by Yotam Ottolenghi & Ixta Belfrage The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton The Survivors by Jane Harper Loving Country by Bruce Pascoe & Vicky Shukuroglou A Life on Our Planet by David Attenborough The Yield by Tara June Winch Honeybee by Craig Silvey

Mix together in…

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Popular TV shows of 2020 paired with books

Have you been binge-watching as much as we have this year? Don’t let it cut into your reading - here are some TV show-book matches made in heaven.

For fans of The Queen’s Gambit:

Try… The Tenth Muse by Catherine Chung

From childhood, Katherine knows she is different, and that her parents are not who they seem to be. As an adult she embarks on a quest to conquer the Riemann hypothesis - th…

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What we’re reading: Osman, Jansson & Kerr

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. Ellen Cregan is reading Please Don’t Hug Me by Kay Kerr

I am notoriously bad at keeping up with all of the wonderful YA releases we get each year - typically I only read one or two. This year I did a little better, and one of the awesome titl…

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