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10 Books For YA Fans To Read Before The Movie

by Emily Gale

Are you the type who always wants to read the book first? Here’s a list of movies based on books YA fans love, which are due to be released over the next few months.

1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The second installment in the Hunger Games trilogy will be released in November. This is one of the rare times when I’ve enjoyed a movie (Hunger Games, the first installment) more than a book b…

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Eleanor Catton wins 2013 Man Booker Prize

New Zealand author Eleanor Catton has won the Man Booker Prize for her second novel The Luminaries, an epic read that has been described as a ‘Kiwi Twin Peaks’ - an astrological mystery set in 1866 Hokitika. At 28, she is the youngest author to claim the prize (the previous youngest recipient of the award was Ben Okri who won aged 32 in 1991) and her book itself at 832 pages is the longest novel …

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A Balinese Book Exchange

by Chris Gordon

Recently I travelled through the fine island of Bali, staying in a variety of hotels all surrounded by lush gardens and smiling people. At every new place, I’d wander into the reception and discover the same thing: a book exchange - a few shelves dedicated to the travelling person, bereft of reading. With an almost pathological urge I would find myself scanning the books held within these shelves…

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Last Week’s Top Sellers

Tim Winton’s Eyrie arrived in-store over the weekend and has already leapt to the top of our bestsellers list – and no wonder. Early reviews of the novel are full of praise, with our own Joseph Rubbo saying, “The writing is elegant and admirably true to where it’s from; Winton crafts poetry from the salty Australian vernacular.”

You can read Joseph’s full review here.

Counting the Winton, Austr…

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Our Top Five Quarterly Essays

Our staff share their favourite Quarterly Essays – the ones that have challenged and changed them, and the ones they think everybody should read. Here they are listed in no particular order.

1. Rabbit Syndrome: Australia and America

Don Watson is one of the best writers in Australia: sentence for sentence, his words move along better than just about anybody else’s. His prose is dry and clea…

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What We’re Reading

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.

Fiona is reading Gentlemen Formerly Dressed

I’m currently reading Gentlemen Formerly Dressed by Sulari Gentill (due for release soon). This title is the fifth Rowland Sinclair book but his first for me and, after being repeatedly delighted and…

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Alice Munro wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Short story writer Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Alice Munro, 82, has written 14 story collections. Her work is beloved for its quiet exploration of relationships, ordinary people and small-town life.

Here at Readings, we are huge fans of Alice Munro and absolutely delighted by the news.

In his review of Too Much Happiness, our managing director Mark Rubbo said:


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Stories From a Successful Book Launch

by Amy Vuleta

Amy Vuleta reports on a particularly entertaining book launch recently held at our St Kilda shop.

Earlier this week Readings St Kilda was full to bursting with people celebrating the launch of Bernard Cohen’s new novel, The Antibiography of Robert F. Menzies.

Cohen’s novel was launched in the greatest of style by the infinitely fabulous Libbi Gorr. Perhaps known to most as the feisty Elle Mc…

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The Best Female Leads on TV

by Nina Kenwood

Our online manager (and TV addict) Nina Kenwood picks out her favourite female leads on TV right now.

With the end of Breaking Bad, I say let us now also bring to an end the era of the male anti-hero.

Look, I loved Breaking Bad as much as the next person, but I am tired of talking about Walter White, Don Draper, Dexter Morgan, Tony Soprano, Nucky Thompson, Francis Underwood, Raylan Givens and…

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October Kids' & YA Books Round-Up

by Emily Gale

Get ready for thrills, spills (of milk and tears) and belly laughs in this month’s round-up of Children’s and YA books.

Last month’s movie opening of Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, based on the second book in Rick Riordan’s bestselling series (disclaimer: “Not exactly the same as the book,” said my 9 year old daughter with a sigh), saw kids scrabbling to read more books in the seri…

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