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Mark’s Coronavirus Diary, Thursday 27 March 2020

by Mark Rubbo

I email our accountant asking how long can we trade without any income? What are our liabilities? What can we do for our staff? We have a number of casuals with no leave provisions, how can we help? Who needs help? What about our publishers and authors? How will we sell their books? How will we let you know about them? How can we get them to you?

My dear son Joe says these times will test our re…

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A message from our programming & events manager

by Chris Gordon

Winter is coming, but it’s still sunny here. This is what I do know about the literary community. It is a generous and resilient being, even when faced with a complete reckoning of sorts. Authors, publicists, publishers, book sellers and readers all fall into this extraordinary cohort of people that will not be stopped.

Although opportunities to celebrate and discuss new works and ideas have cha…

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A spotlight on Wombat, Mudlark & Other Stories by Helen Milroy

Wombat, Mudlark & Other Stories by Helen Milroy is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. Here’s everything you need to know about this collection of warm and inspiring fables.

Wombat, Mudlark & Other Stories is a book that engages readers from the very first page. Each of these bite-sized stories is imbued with a timeless quality, and feels as big …

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Andy, Terry & Jill share the books they love

by Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton & Jill Griffiths

Hi, my name is Andy. I write books about an ever-expanding treehouse with my friends Terry and Jill. (I write the words, Terry draws the pictures and Jill does the editing.) If you’re like most of our readers you’re probably wondering what books we read when WE were growing up (given that we weren’t able to read Treehouse books because we hadn’t got around to writing them).

Well, not surprising…

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Teens recommend Astrid Scholte’s new fantasy novel

While meeting for the Readings Teen Advisory Board are currently on hiatus, our bookish teen advisors are still making time to catch up on the latest releases.

This month they’ve been diving into Australian author Astrid Scholte’s second novel. Scholte’s first book, Four Dead Queens, was a pleasing blend of fantasy and murder mystery, and The Vanishing Deep is equally unique. When seventeen-y…

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The CBCA Book of the Year Awards shortlists 2020

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced its Book of the Year Awards shortlists for 2020. Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators, editors and publishers!

Here are the shortlists for each category.

Older Readers (for ages 13-18 years) The Boy Who Steals Houses by C.G. Drews How it Feels to Float by Helena Fox Ghost Bird by Lisa Fuller When the Ground is Hard by …

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An important message to all Readings customers

by Mark Rubbo

Dear Friends of Readings,

In 51 years of business Readings has really only closed its doors on Christmas day (apart from the time when Carlton’s sewer burst – that was unpleasant). We pride ourselves on supplying books, music and film to the public of Melbourne and Australia.

We have remained open during the current crisis, partly because our job is selling books, but also because we know that …

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Readings booksellers recommend: Books that make us happy

We ask our booksellers to share books that make them happy. Find plenty of recommendations for books to make you feel happy by browsing this collection. Jeremy George recommends A car, a man, a maraca by Oscar Perry

I have been reading and re-reading Oscar Perry’s debut poetry collection A car, a man, a maraca since it was released last year. The collection grapples (like so much other c…

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