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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For a thoughtful discussion about the lives of women and hidden family secrets… Invented Lives by Andrea Goldsmith

It is the mid-1980s and 24-year-old Jewish book illustrator Galina Kogan and her mother leave Leningrad, leaving behind a tumultuous Soviet Bloc to make a new life in Melbourne, Australia. As Galina confronts the cultural differences of Melbourne life and the expectations placed …

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What we’re reading: Robinson, Hendrick and Gale

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. Chris Gordon is reading The Glad Shout by Alice Robinson

The premise of The Glad Shout by Alice Robinson completely threw me. Set in the (not-so-distant) future, Australia is flooded, and the main protagonist, Isobel, is left with her daughter in a survival si…

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The Folio Prize shortlist 2019

The shortlist for the 2019 Rathbones Folio Prize has been announced.

The shortlisted titles are:

Can You Tolerate This by Ashleigh Young The Crossway by Guy Stagg Mary Ann Sate, Imbecile by Alice Jolly Milkman by Anna Burns Ordinary People by Diana Evans The Perseverance by Raymond Antrobus There There by Tommy Orange West by Carys Davies

Launched in 2014 as an alternative to the Man Booker …

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We love Lanny by Max Porter

Max Porter’s second book, Lanny, is a short and powerful novel that has our booksellers rhapsodising over its language, its breadth of ideas and its ability to move you to tears. Shot through with wit, lyricism and emotional insight, it more than lives up to the promise of Porter’s universally praised debut Grief is the Thing with Feathers. Here is a collection of testimonials from booksellers w…

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20% off vinyl this April

As we count down the sleeps to Record Store Day on Saturday 13 April, Readings is celebrating all month long, with 20% off full-price vinyl.

Handpicked by our music specialists, our vinyl collection includes old favourites alongside exciting new releases. Discover new releases here, or find out what our staff are listening to here.

If you’re building your own collection from scratch, you might …

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The International Dublin Literary Award shortlist 2019

Congratulations to the 10 authors shortlisted for this year’s International Dublin Literary Award.

Sponsored by Dublin City Council and managed by Dublin City Libraries, the International Dublin Literary Award aims to promote excellence in world literature and is presented annually for a novel written in English or translated into English.

Here is the full shortlist:

Compass by Mathias Énard …

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Kids books, events & news for April

We have some truly gorgeous picture books for you this month, along with a wacky junior graphic novel and a nail-biting survival adventure. Find our April picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH Wilam: A Birrarung Story by Aunty Joy Murphy, Lisa Kennedy & Andrew Kelly

Indigenous creators Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy collaborated on the Readings favourite, Welcome to Country

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YA books, events & news for April

This month we’re excited about a wonderful guide for resilient teens, surreal and quirky stories, hard-hitting contemporary fiction and a cross-cultural coming-of-age story. Find our April picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH Good Selfie: Tips & Tools for Teens to Nail Life by Turia Pitt & Freda Chiu

Motivational speaker, athlete and burns survivor Turia Pitt has written a gu…

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A spotlight on The Peacock Detectives

The Peacock Detectives 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 quirky and warm mystery about family and friendship.

‘When Cassie’s neighbours ask her to look for their missing peacocks, William Shakespeare and Virginia, she eagerly takes the case. But the search takes some unexpected turns, and leads her…

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