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A spotlight on The F Team by Rawah Arja

The F Team is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize. The F Team follows Punchbowl High student Tariq Nader as he’s teamed up in a rugby competition with his sworn enemies from Cronulla High. Our judges described it as ‘heartwarming and hilarious.’ We asked author Rawah Arja about her inspiration, her hopes for her debut novel, the publishing process …

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On Events, with Chris Gordon

by Chris Gordon

The other day I had my first COVID-19 immunisation jab. It was such a joy to be part of a collective initiative that contributes to everyone’s health. I interviewed an author online 12 hours later, despite feeling like I had been run over by a giant truck. ‘I am so sorry’, I said to the wonderful Jon Klassen, ‘I’m a little under the weather.’ ‘Oh’, he said from his Los Angeles studio, ‘me too. I …

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Recommended children’s books & news for June

by Leanne Hall

Coming into the winter months, we’ve got books about consent and bodily autonomy for all ages, books to deeply appreciate Australia’s unique natural landscape and culture, tales of furry and feathered friends, and a primary school Arts Fiasco! Find our June picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

Welcome to Consent by Yumi Stynes & Dr. Melissa Kang

Dr Melissa Kang and Yumi Styn…

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Recommended YA books & news for June

by Leanne Hall

This month in YA books we have a groundbreaking thriller centred on a Native American teen, sweet and magical romances, gripping Australian history, a unique and moody illustrated novel, and a verse novel from an Australian award-winner. Find our June picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH

Firekeeper’s Daughter by Angeline Boulley

Eighteen-year-old Daunis’s mixed heritage has …

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Book recommendations from the EWF programming team

Though the team at Emerging Writers’ Festival (running 16-26 June) have been busy moving their program online, they’ve still made time to immerse themselves in the words of many wonderful authors and creators this month. Take a peek below to see which titles are top of their TBR lists. Ruby-Rose Pivet-Marsh, Artistic Director

I often read more than one thing at a time. Recently, both Body of

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A spotlight on our books of the month, June 2021

Our books of the month in June include an intimate look at a mother and daughter relationship, a rollicking crime follow-up and a timely guide to consent for young people. FICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH One Hundred Days by Alice Pung

One hundred days. It’s no time at all, she tells me. But she’s not the one waiting.

In a heady whirlwind of independence, lust and defiance, sixteen-year-old Ka…

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Novels exploring our relationship with work

Over the last year, many of us have experienced a seismic shift in the ways and expectations of our workplaces. Some jobs have evolved to be almost unrecognisable from their previous form, some jobs and industries have disappeared almost entirely or are just hanging in there; very few jobs, if any, remain unchanged by our circumstance. Where we might go from here? Below are seven books which exp…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Who Gets to Be Smart by Bri Lee

One Hundred Days by Alice Pung

In My Defence, I Have No Defence by Sinead Stubbins

The Boy’s Club by Michael Warner

Malibu Rising by Taylor Jenkins Reid

Piranesi by Susanna Clarke

Real Estate by Deborah Levy

Heaven by Mieko Kawakami

Nancy Business by R.W.R. McDonald

Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters

It’s an exciting shake up of our bestsellers this week! Our b…

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Dear Reader, June 2021

by Alison Huber

I am delighted to begin my column this month with heartfelt congratulations to our programming and events manager, Chris Gordon, who has been shortlisted for the 2021 ABA Bookseller of the Year award. You can’t really think of Readings without thinking of Chris and her boundless energy, her passion for books and their writers, and her natural gift for hospitality, all of which she channels into p…

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