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Our Top Picks from the Melbourne Festival

The program for Melbourne Festival is packed to the brim with exciting guests and performances. Here, our staff share their top picks for this year.

Belle is seeing Sun

I am going to see Sun, a contemporary dance production from UK-based choreographer Hofesh Shechter. Melbourne Festival brought Shechter’s super acclaimed Political Mother to us two year ago; Sun is said to be a departure fro…

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What We’re Reading

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on or the music we’re loving.

Bronte is listening to The Electric Lady by Janelle Monáe

I’m crushing so hard on this album at the moment. Janelle Monáe’s music is fun and inventive and even though I know it’s too early to say this - I have a sneaking suspicion The Electric

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Six Degrees of Separation: Billie B Brown to Beatie Bow

by Emily Gale

In our new online series, Six Degrees of Separation, we map out pathways between books. Here, Emily Gale follows a trail of Australian female characters, showing how young readers can traverse from Billie B Brown to Beatie Bow, strengthening their reading skills along the way.

**Billie B Brown:**

Billie is easily the most popular Australian girl character of recent years for new readers. Ador…

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Start with a book these school holidays

by Emily Gale

Proving that all good things start with a book, here are some ideas for the school holidays to suit all sorts of interests.

For Budding Writers (and Crafty Kids):

It can go either way with Andy Griffiths' fans: either they want to build a 39-Storey Treehouse or they want to become writers like Andy. For the latter, Once Upon A Slime is full of prompts and inspiration, to encourage readers f…

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Spotlight on The Great War by Joe Sacco

Joe Sacco’s astonishing graphic novel, The Great War has arrived!

Printed on fine accordion-fold paper and packaged in a deluxe hardcover slipcase with a 16-page accompanying booklet, The Great War unfolds into a seven-metre long panorama depicting the first day of the Battle of the Somme.

Our Books Manager Martin Shaw, says:

‘*The Great War* wordlessly expresses so much of the waste and mad…

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Event Highlights in October

Events Coordinator Sean O’Beirne tells us why our October program of events is unmissable.


Don’t think for a minute that most people now just stay at home every night, hunched over their computers, stealing season after season of some TV show. Please. Surely we can do better than that? And anyway, how could it possibly be true, when our upcoming event program is so good?

You’ll be wa…

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Vale Christopher Koch

Christopher Koch passed away this morning at age 81.

After a battle with cancer, the acclaimed author and former ABC Broadcaster died near his home in Tasmania. He is survived by his wife Robin and his family.

Chris was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his contribution to Australian literature in 1995 and was twice winner of the Miles Franklin Award for fiction. He is the author …

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What We’re Reading

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on or the music we’re loving.

Emily is reading Jane, the Fox & Me

It’s more than my job’s worth to mention names but I can reveal that this week in a post-election malaise, some of our most highly respected booksellers have been watching The Bachelor.

As you may imagine, …

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Why you should watch Friday Night Lights

by Marie Matteson

Bookseller Marie Matteson tells us about the secret Readings Friday Night Lights fan club, and why she thinks you should join it.

A few years ago Lorrie Moore wrote a wonderful piece for The New York Review of Books about the television show Friday Night Lights. She spoke of finding herself at a party, heads together with two other authors, united in what had been a previously isolated love of…

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Our Best Bargains This Month

by Mark Rubbo

Readings Managing Director Mark Rubbo shares his top picks for bargain lovers this month.

My colleagues know that I love a good bargain, a book bargain that is. Publishers sell off all kinds of wonderful books at low prices for a number of reasons: they printed too many; the paperback has come out; the original price no longer reflects the current market. I spend a fair amount of time pesterin…

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