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We try reducing our household waste with tips from A Family Guide to Waste-Free Living

Over the past few weeks, Readings staff have been road testing different projects, recipes and tips from Lauren and Oberon Carter’s new DIY guide to reducing personal waste, A Family Guide to Waste-Free Living. Here are our staff’s takeaways from their new projects… Ellen Cregan tried minimising her plastic food storage.

I am forever hoarding glass jars in my kitchen and using them for all s…

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A spotlight on The Orchard Underground

The Orchard Underground 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 funny and heartwarming caper.

‘Pri Kohli is “The Face” of the overly planned town of Dunn’s Orchard, appearing on billboards, TV ads and at events lauding the benefits of its manicured and controlled lifestyle. When precocious new girl Attic…

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Q&A with Serina Bird, author of The Joyful Frugalista

Serina Bird, author of The Joyful Frugalista, chats to events and programming manager Chris Gordon about her tips for ‘mindful frugality’ and the environmental benefits of being budget-conscious. Serina, you are the godmother of the frugal movement. I know you say over and over again that saving money, or at least being mindful about money, is fun. Is it? Is making your own milo (impressive re…

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An update from the Readings Foundation

by Gabrielle Williams

Established in 2009, the Readings Foundation assists Victorian organisations that support the development of literacy, community integration and the arts. Grants officer Gabrielle Williams talks to Readings managing director Mark Rubbo about the importance of giving back to the community.

Bookshops have long been associated with social justice, and Readings is committed to walking that walk of…

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Our children’s & YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

Real Pigeons Fight Crime by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood Fing by David Walliams & Tony Ross The Dog Runner by Bren MacDibble Where’s Mrs Kangaroo by Ingela P Arrhenius All the Ways to be Smart by Davina Bell & Allison Colpoys The Peacock Detectives by Carly Nugent A Crystal of Time by Soman Chainani Lottie and Walter by Anna Walker Black Cockatoo by Carl Merrison & Hakea Hustler Vivienne Westwood

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The Walter Scott Prize longlist 2019

The longlist for the 2019 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction has been announced.

Honouring the achievements of the founding father of the historical novel, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction is unique for rewarding writing of exceptional quality which is set in the past. With a total value of £30,000, it is one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world.

Among the t…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Islands by Peggy Frew Unto Us a Son is Given by Donna Leon No Friend but the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani, translated by Omid Tofighian The Rip by Mark Brandi Cardinal: The Rise and Fall of George Pell by Louise Milligan The Hollow Bones by Leah Kaminsky The Scholar by Dervla McTiernan Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe The Rosie Result by Graeme Simsion Ottolenghi SIMPLE by Yotam Ottolenghi

Two fant…

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The Stella Prize shortlist 2019

Congratulations to the six authors shortlisted for this year’s Stella Prize. This $50,000 prize is awarded for the best work of literature, fiction or non-fiction, published in 2018 by an Australian woman.

Louise Swinn, Chair of the judging panel, said: ‘This is an incredibly diverse knot of books, with broad subjects showing that identity is shaped across many continents and informed by many cu…

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A reading list for International Women’s Day 2019

Happy International Women’s Day! Our staff share their recommendations on what to read to mark this significant day, first held in 1914.

My main claim to fame around the Readings office is that I was on board the Naomi Alderman The Power train before anyone else had read it, and I correctly guessed it as the winner of the Women’s Prize for Fiction that year. It’s an absolutely terrific book, …

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For book clubs who enjoy unflinching contemporary fiction… The Rip by Mark Brandi

A young woman living on the street has to keep her wits about her. Or her friends. Dani and Anton look out for each other. Dani has a bit of a habit – nothing she can’t control, as she tells Anton – and Anton dreams of one day getting a place together. But when they hook up with Steve, their lives take a drastic…

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