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Our 2018 Christmas gift guides

As Christmas draws ever-nearer, we’re sharing a range of curated gift guides featuring hand-picked recommendations from our staff. Keep an eye on this page as we’ll be adding to our list throughout the coming weeks.

GIFT IDEAS FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS… Gift ideas for your parents Gift ideas for your significant other Gift ideas for your siblings (and other relatives) 100 great reads by Austral

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The Readings Foundation grant recipients for 2019

The Readings Foundation has announced $146,700 worth of grants to support a range of projects and organisations within Victoria in 2019.

The Readings Foundation assists Victorian organisations that support the development of literacy, community integration and the arts. Readings donates 10% of its overall profit to the Foundation each year, and the kind donations from Readings’ customers make a …

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A quick & breezy gift guide to this year’s cookbooks

by Chris Gordon

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Here, our food and gardening columnist Chris Gordon shares a quick and handy guide as to what to gift foodies this festive Christmas. For a cookbook that will sing Melbourne…

Are you looking to buy a cookbook for an out-of-towner and want to send a very clear message that you live in t

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20 gift ideas under $20

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Here are 20 gift ideas for under $20, and you can find even more budget-friendly recommendations by browsing the collections below. The Secrets She Keeps by Michael Robotham ($14.99)

Everyone has an idea of what their perfect life is, and for Agatha, it’s the life of Meghan Shaughnes…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

My Country by David Marr Special Guest by Annabel Crabb & Wendy Sharpe Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales Becoming by Michelle Obama The Lost Man by Jane Harper Bridge of Clay by Markus Zusak Milkman by Anna Burns Past Tense by Lee Child Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty Ottolenghi SIMPLE by Yotam Ottolenghi

Please note: This list doesn’t include sales from our 12 Days of Christmas Special

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100 great reads by Australian women in 2018

Each year we compile a list of great reads by Australian women, originally inspired by the Australian Women Writers Challenge which begun in 2012 and continues to this day. Here are 100 great reads by Australian women published in 2018. The following books are displayed in no particular order and include fiction, biography, poetry, children’s novels, history and more.

1. The Lost Man by Jane …

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The Costa Book Awards shortlist 2018

The Costa Book Awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. There are five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – with one of the five winners chosen as Book of the Year.

Dominic Paul, Managing Director of Costa said: ‘There’s genuinely something for everyone in our shortlists this year: books which…

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What we’re reading: Curtis Sittenfeld, Karl Ove Knausgaard & Lisa Hanawalt

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Paul Goodman is reading Inadvertent by Karl Ove Knausgaard (translated by Ingvild Burkey)

I took another break from the new Murakami to read Karl Ove Knausgaard’s contribution to the Windham-Campbell Why I Write series, Inadvertent. With characteristic suspici…

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Our 2018 Christmas Gift Guide: What to buy for hard-to-buy-for adults

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Here is a list of suggestions for the tricky people in your life.. An ageing relative… Spitfire by David Fairhead and Ant Palmer tells the story of the most famous fighter aircraft ever made, combining breathtaking aerial footage with rare digitally re-mastered archive film from the …

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