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A bookshop proposal

Last week we had a special request from a customer…

One morning Sharon, the assistant manager at our Carlton shop, received a request from a customer asking if he could propose to his girlfriend in our shop. Sharon agreed and a plan was hatched.

Morgan (the customer) arranged for us to shelve a book that he had specially created, which contained the engagement ring. Later, he said, he would …

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Why we work in books

Savannah Indigo, Bookseller at Readings Malvern:

When I was younger, I had a fascination with organising bookshelves. I would obsess over mine at home and reorganise any shelves at bookshops that I thought weren’t up to scratch (much to staff frustration). I think from around age 10, I knew that I needed to work with books.

Marie Matteson, Bookseller at Readings Carlton:

I feel I’ve been surro…

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Oliver Driscoll on beauty and menace in Janet Frame’s work

by Oliver Driscoll

No doubt like many people, when I first watched Jane Campion’s 1990 film An Angel at My Table, some ten years ago, I intended to read Janet Frame’s three-part autobiography – To the Is-Land, An Angel at My Table and The Envoy from Mirror City – on which the film is based, and anything else of hers I could get my hands on.

The books cover, respectively, Frame’s childhood and teenage years; then …

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Clementine Ford interviews Miriam Sved

by Clementine Ford

The best kind of storytellers are the ones so adept at their craft that they can hypnotise even those readers bitterly opposed to the subject matter. So it is with Miriam Sved, whose debut novel, Game Day, addresses the complex, often insidious and interweaving relationships formed between the members of an Australian Football League club.

The book is being sold as the journey taken by two youn…

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Take a #readingsselfie on National Bookshop Day!

It’s National Bookshop Day this Saturday 9 August! To celebrate, we’d love you to come into any of our shops and take a #readingsselfie! Our favourite pictures will win a $100 Readings gift voucher.

To enter the competition, take a picture of yourself in any Readings shop on National Bookshop Day (Saturday 9 August), use the hashtag #readingsselfie (note the double s!) and either:

tweet your p…

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Meet the Gruffalo and the mouse this National Bookshop Day!

This Saturday 9 August is National Bookshop Day, a special day to celebrate bookstores, booksellers, book-lovers and, of course, books! We are delighted to announce we will have some very special guests on the day…

The Gruffalo and the mouse will be joining us for storytime at three of our shops!

Bring the kids along to Readings St Kilda at 10.30am (details here), Readings Carlton at 12pm (deta

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Q&A with Sophie Cunningham

by Belle Place

Belle Place interviews Sophie Cunningham about her new work of non-fiction.

This year marks 40 years since Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin on Christmas Eve – what is your motivation for wanting to write this book now?

I have always been fascinated by Cyclone Tracy – it had a big impact on me as a child. But, as I write in the book, my biggest motivation was the fact that the human race is transformi…

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Paddy O’Reilly on misfits and monsters in literature

by Paddy O’Reilly

Paddy O’Reilly’s new novel, The Wonders, is populated with misfits of all kinds. Here, she talks on other misfits and monsters she’s loved in books.

We learn early what it is to be a misfit.

The first week at school the misfit will be spotted, singled out, made to understand she doesn’t belong. She’ll be left standing in a distant corner of the playground, looking at her hands or scanning th…

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Ask Agatha: dyslexic teen readers and literary books that will make you laugh

The latest installment of our book advice column where you can ask our wise bookseller Agatha all your tricky (book-related) questions. I’m into literature but I think most of it is painfully unfunny. What books can I read that will actually make me laugh?

To my thinking, Lorrie Moore is essential reading for the Literary lover who enjoys funny books. Of her latest short-story collection, Bar

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Mark’s Say: Melbourne Writers Festival and Colm Tóibín

by Mark Rubbo

On my recent holidays I had the great pleasure of reading an advance of the new Colm Tóibín novel, Nora Webster (due for release in October). I have to confess that the only Tóibín I’ve read is The Testament of Mary, which I was fairly diffident about, and read, largely, because I’d been invited by his publisher to have dinner with Tóibín when he was here last year for the Melbourne Writers Festi…

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