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Christmas Gift Guide: What To Buy For Kids and Teens

by Emily Gale


If you’re looking for a collection of nursery rhymes, Over the Hills and Faraway ($29.95) is the most stunning we’ve seen in years. The rhymes have been drawn from all over the world so you’ll find all the familiar ones, as well as some you didn’t know. The list of illustrators truly is a Hall of Fame. Representing Australia are Ann James, Gus Gordon (pictured left) and Shaun Tan…

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Christmas Gift Guide: What To Buy For Your Significant Other

If your significant other wants to host more dinner parties… The much loved Yotam Ottolenghi’s new cookbook, Plenty More ($49.99 $39.99), is innovative and delicious, and perfect for impressing guests. Mexico: The Cookbook ($59.95) by Margarita Carrillo Arronte is the definitive bible of Mexican home-cooking. For something a bit experimental, there’s a new cookbook from homegrown chef, Po…

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What we’re reading: Lena Dunham, Elmo Keep & Mary Miller

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.

Chris Gordon is reading Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham

I just could not help it. I had to know. My social media feed was full of it: ‘Is Lena Dunham crazy?’ ‘Is her book any good?’ ‘Why is everyone talking about her sister?’

I just coul

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The winner of the 2014 Most Underrated Book Award

Congratulations to Jane Rawson whose novel A Wrong Turn at The Office of Unmade Lists has been recognised as the Most Underrated Book of 2014.

A judging panel of booksellers and bloggers described A Wrong Turn at The Office of Unmade Lists as ‘refreshing’ and ‘full of dark humour’, and declared that it ‘bravely breaks new ground with its genre-busting nature.’

The Most Underrated Book Award (MU…

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Trends in Book Publishing: Stop Calling Women ‘Girls’

by Fiona Hardy

There are always trends in books, especially in crime books. You’ll notice everything released in a single month comes from Norway. Or has a misty tree on the cover. Or, worse, has the same plot as the book you just started writing the other day and was convinced was the most original piece of literature to ever exist.

Well, please allow me to become unnecessarily enraged about a recent trend: T…

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Ask Agatha: What are the best books about writing?

Our wise bookseller Agatha answers all your tricky questions. If you have a question for Agatha please email What do I get my mother-in-law for Christmas? She’s a high school English teacher and loves reading - but she’s usually always read something before me so I find it tricky to get her something new.

I see two options here….

The first would be to choose a book…

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Our top ten bestsellers of the week

The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan Plenty More by Yotam Ottolenghi Not That Kind of Girl: A Young Woman Tells You What She’s ‘Learned’ by Lena Dunham Yes Please by Amy Poehler The Girl Who Lived by Susan Jane Berg Merciless Gods by Christos Tsiolkas Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey The Burning Room by Michael Connelly Something Quite Peculiar by Steve Kilbey Amnesia by Pete…

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Important information for our online shoppers

A note about our free delivery service

Since 2011, Readings has been committed to offering our customers free delivery within Australia for all online orders. Unfortunately, rising postal costs are making it increasingly difficult for us to continue with this offer in some cases. Consequently, from today, we are offering free delivery within Australia for all orders totalling $19.95 and over.


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Things to do, watch, read and eat: your guide to Melbourne in November

Wine and dine

If you’re in Carlton, we suggest a visit to Heartattack and Vine, a gorgeous new café and bar which is co-owned by Melbourne author Emily Bitto. This Italian-style café/bar serves coffee and simple on-the-go eats (like hot pork rolls) during the day, then snacks and drinks at night.

You can find Heartattack and Vine at 329 Lygon Street, Carlton, 3053.


Celebrate the roots a…

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November round-up for kids and young adults

This month sees the release of Alice Pung’s Laurinda, a young adult novel that (a) needed to be written and (b) needed to be written by Alice Pung. Laurinda is set in a mainly-white private girls’ school in Melbourne and narrated by scholarship girl Lucy, the daughter of Vietnamese immigrants. Our reviewer, Athina Clarke, called it “a time machine that shot me straight back to my own years in mid…

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