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A spotlight on The Learning Curves of Vanessa Partridge

The Learning Curves of Vanessa Partridge by Clare Strahan is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize.

‘You’d think since colonisation that Black history and White history would be the same history but that doesn’t take into account history being written by the victors.’

– Clare Strahan, The Learning Curves of Vanessa Partridge

Here’s what the judges…

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Indigenous stories & voices in books for NAIDOC week

The theme for NAIDOC Week 2019 is ‘Voice. Treaty. Truth’ – the three key elements set out in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. In honour of NAIDOC Week, we’d like to spotlight some of the many books that foreground and give voice to the rich language, culture and lived experiences of First Nations Australians. The books listed below, by no means a complete list, provide a wonderful way for all…

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A July events round-up

We have a bumper crop of events this month, so we’ve highlighted some key events below for both kids and adults. Please check out our full events calendar here – there’s something for everyone!

For those who love to dance… Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Put on your dancing shoes, Melbourne Ska Orchestra’s live performance is explosive and infectious and it’s coming to Readings! Their unique take…

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What We’re Reading: Kane, Magorian and deWitt

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. Alison Huber is reading Rules for Visiting by Jessica Frances Kane

Rules for Visiting came across my desk at just the right time, and I read it in two sittings this week. The narrator, May, is a solitary figure who lives with her aging father in the house she …

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Four new home and cooking books to inspire you this July

by Chris Gordon

On Eating Meat by Matthew Evans

In On Eating Meat, food critic, chef, farmer, television presenter and restaurateur Matthew Evans grapples with the contentious topic of the means of producing and consuming animals. He examines feedlots and abattoirs, organic farms and his very own farming practices to appreciate what we are doing and why. This book could be placed in the same bucket as Jonatha…

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Ask Agatha

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.

Dear Agatha I get up in the evening and I ain’t got nothing to say. I come home in the morning and I go to bed feeling the same way. I ain’t nothing but tired. Man I’m ju…

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The best kids' books, news & events for July

by Leanne Hall

This month we have a picture book ode to fashion and style, thrilling action adventures with heart and social commentary, sweet stories of animal and nature, and a beloved classic about a very special pig. Find our July picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

Fashionista by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke has already given us such great books as T

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Q&A with Jenna Guillaume

by Jenna Guillaume

Jenna Guillaume is one of the six authors shortlisted for the 2019 Readings Young Adult Book Prize for her uplifting and witty YA novel What I Like About Me. In this interview, she talks about the spark that created What I Like About Me, where the wonderful character of Maisie and her story came from, and body representation in YA fiction. Can you tell us a bit about the initial spark of this …

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