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Here’s what Stage 4 Restrictions mean for Readings

It’s been a stressful and overwhelming few days with Stage 4 Restrictions being rolled out in Melbourne. We’ve put together a brief explainer for what this means for Readings. Can I still shop at Readings?

Yes! You can place an order online via our website at any time. Find out more about online shopping here. Please be patient with us if orders take longer than usual, as our warehouse and fu…

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Dear Reader, August 2020

by Alison Huber

The award given to an Unpublished Manuscript at the annual Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards has developed an excellent track record over the years for uncovering talent (alumni include Jane Harper, Christian White, and Melanie Cheng), and so it was with some expectation that I read Kokomo by Victoria Hannan, 2019’s award recipient. I was not disappointed: this impressive debut is a finely craf…

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Mark’s Say, August 2020

by Mark Rubbo

If you’ve been a customer at Readings you’ve come across Alison Huber, either directly or indirectly. She’s been with us since 2003. For many of those years, she moonlighted from her day job as an academic at the University of Melbourne. Prior to that, she worked at the Melbourne University Book Room and the Dymocks at Melbourne Central (now gone). Bookselling just didn’t seem to let her go. In 2…

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Non-fiction to help us rethink the world

It’s fair to say that 2020 has been a difficult year for many reasons. However, it can help to see this time as an opportunity to make changes and work towards a new kind of future. Here are some thought-provoking works that could help us to envision what that could look like. Glimpses of Utopia by Jess Scully

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Sydney, Jess Scully is an advocate for the creative econ…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Beatrix Bakes by Natalie Paull The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams Phosphorescence by Julia Baird The Bird Way by Jennifer Ackerman The Yield by Tara June Winch A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville Rodham by Curtis Sittenfeld Women and Leadership by Julia Gillard & Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala Too Much and Never Enough by Mary L. Trump Kokomo by Victoria Hannan

Natalie Paull once again tops…

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What we’re reading: Ireland, Marney & Majumdar

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 Dread Nation by Justina Ireland

I usually avoid Zombie novels, or Zombie related anything actually. I find them utterly terrifying. I listened to the Zombies, Run! phone app for five whole minutes a few years back and…

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The Wainwright Prize shortlists 2020

Now in its seventh year, The Wainwright Prize for UK Nature Writing is awarded annually to the book which most successfully inspires readers to explore the outdoors and to nurture a respect for the natural world. In 2020, the prize has been extended to include a second category for books about global conservation and climate change.

Below are the two shortlists for each category.

The 2020 Wainw…

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12 smart, fun reads to stay in with

Spending evenings at home can be made much more enjoyable with a good book. Here are some of our best recent picks for smart, fun reads to snuggle up with. Writers & Lovers by Lily King

Aspiring writer Casey is living alone in a potting shed, grieving the death of her mother, trying not to think about her ex-lover, earning a pittance as a waitress, and labouring over a novel that she began …

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Chris Gordon shares her top picks for MWF Digital: Week 1

by Chris Gordon

Our head of events and programming, Chris Gordon, shares her top picks for the first weekend of this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. The 2020 festival runs from 7-16 August, and will be entirely online.

Lockdown in Melbourne is tough the second time round. We are all starting to fray at the edges, watch television we wouldn’t have dreamed of months ago, and our gardens are all weed-free. Wh…

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