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What We’re Reading: Strayed, Strahan and O'Connor

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.

Georgia Brough is reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed

At 26, Cheryl Strayed’s life ended – her mother had passed away a month after a fatal cancer diagnosis. Within the next few years, Cheryl’s family had fallen apart, her marriage had disintegrated and she’d deve…

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Best books of 2019 (so far!)

Our staff share the best books they’ve read so far this year, including new releases and older titles just discovered.

Chris Gordon, programming and events manager

I find myself searching for ways to escape and reading is the easiest and most efficient means of achieving this goal. I want a read that is going to take me far away from the grim reality of our environmental crisis, toxic worl…

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Alison Evans’ top five LGBTQIA+ young adult novels

by Alison Evans

Alison Evans is one of six authors shortlisted for the 2019 Readings Young Adult Book Prize for their queer zombie apocalypse novel, Highway Bodies. In this guest post, they share their top five favourite queer young adult novels. The Orphancorp trilogy by Marlee Jane Ward

Mirii Mahoney grew up in an industrial orphanage – an orphancorp. The first book in the series, Welcome to Orphancorp, …

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Vale Dorothy Reading

We are greatly saddened to learn of the death of Dorothy Reading, who passed away in Adelaide on Wednesday.

Dorothy Reading was one of the founders of Readings when it opened in 1969, and her contribution to the landscape of Australian literature has been enormous. Dorothy also received a Medal of the Order of Australia in the General Division, celebrating her pioneering role in the creation of…

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A spotlight on What I Like About Me by Jenna Guillame

What I Like About Me is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize.

‘You’re probably wondering if Anna’s plan to talk me up and draw me into conversation with Sebastian Lee was more successful than her plan to get me into a hot new bikini. Well, I hope you don’t mind spoilers (personally, I’m torn on them: sometimes they can enhance my enjoyment, and other

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Insightful and engaging political titles

We’ve compiled eight recent releases on politics, economics and philosophy that have been getting everyone talking. Read on for an explosive look at the Trump presidency from the author of Fire and Fury, a compelling personal story of #BlackLivesMatter, an examination of modern economics through the lens of the music industry, and more. Rockonomics by Alan Krueger

Drawing on interviews with…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The White Girl by Tony Birch Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe The Nancys by R.W.R. McDonald Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton City of Girls by Elizabeth Gilbert Dare to Lead by Brené Brown The Overstory by Richard Powers Normal People by Sally Rooney Everything is F*cked: A Book About Hope by Mark Manson No One is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg

In the top spot for last week’s bes…

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Books that celebrate female artists

Lately, we’ve seen plenty of new releases celebrating the successes and influences of women artists throughout modern times and history. We’ve put together a collection of some of our favourites. Read on for some remarkable and inspiring artistic successes.

Del Kathryn Barton by Del Kathryn Barton and Natalie King

Containing 96 pages of the Archibald Prize-winning artist’s favourite works,…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

FICTION

For book clubs who like short stories… This Taste for Silence by Amanda O'Callaghan

Subtle, compelling and unsettling, Amanda O'Callaghan’s stories work at the edges of the sayable, through secrets, erasures and glimpsed moments of disclosure. They shimmer with unspoken histories and characters who have a ‘taste for silence'. Our reviewer Ellen says, ‘Whether it’s a dark secret co…

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