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Ask Agatha: hay fever, lies & true crime nuts

Our book advice column is back, and so is our wise and learned bookseller Agatha, who is ready to answer all your tricky (book-related) questions. If you have a question for Agatha please email askagatha@readings.com.au.

My friend has lent me a book they absolutely LOVE and which I absolutely hate. Do I need to pretend I enjoyed it or can I admit my true feelings?

I know the truth can set…

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Readings Prize spotlight: Q&A with Joshua Lobb

by Joshua Lobb

The Flight of Birds by Joshua Lobb is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Here, we chat with Lobb about birds, climate change and whether fiction can be political. Congratulations on being shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction! Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

Thank you for including me on the shortli…

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The bestselling books at Melbourne Writers Festival 2019

We were delighted to be the official booksellers at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. Congratulations to everyone who brought this festival together!

Here is a list of the top 20 bestselling books from the festival…

1. A Dream About Lightning Bugs by Ben Folds
2. On the Other Side of Freedom by DeRay Mckesson
3. Women, Equality, Power by Helen Clark
4. Antisemitism: Here and Now by Deborah E…

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

How to Make a Movie in Twelve Days by Fiona Hardy Monuments by Will Kostakis The 117-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton It Sounded Better in My Head by Nina Kenwood For Whom the Ball Rolls (The Adventures of Dog Man Book 7) by Dav Pilkey Young Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Valentine by Jodi McAlister My Father’s Shadow by Jannali Jones Atticus Van Tasticus by Andrew Daddo & Stephen M…

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The Ned Kelly Awards winners 2019

Congratulations to the 2019 winners of the Ned Kelly Awards for the best in Australian crime writing. Now in its 24th year the Ned Kelly Awards are Australia’s oldest and most prestigious crime writing awards. Best fiction The Lost Man by Jane Harper

When Cameron Bright is found dead and burned from the heat in the middle of the desert, nine kilometres from his well-stocked, air-conditione…

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What we’re reading: Hardy, Caletti & Dahl

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. Bronte Coates is reading How to Make a Movie in Twelve Days by Fiona Hardy

This is exactly the kind of book I would have loved as a nerdy and creatively-fired-up child. After a year of planning and a bittersweet financial boon, Hayley is set t…

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Readings Prize spotlight: Q&A with Angela Meyer

by Angela Meyer

A Superior Spectre by Angela Meyer is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Here, we chat with Meyer about ghosts, female desire and blurring the lines in fiction. Tell us a little bit about your book?

A Superior Spectre is about a man who abuses an experimental technology that allows him to enter the mind of a woman in the past. It’s also…

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Insightful books on current cultural studies

Are you looking for a way to engage with current cultural studies? We’ve rounded up some of this month’s releases that explore everything from depictions of gendered violence in the media to the questions that women face regarding medical treatment. White Tears/Brown Scars by Ruby Hamad

In 2018, journalist Ruby Hamad wrote an article for The Guardian Australia titled ‘How white women use st…

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Staff recommend Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander voices

Our staff share their favourite books by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander authors, including prize-winning fiction, biography, essays, non-fiction, memoir and books for kids of all ages, from babies through to teens. Today is Indigenous Literacy Day and Readings will be donating 10% of our book sales to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF), on top of our ongoing support. The ILF does am…

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