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The Best Fiction of 2013

Here are our top ten picks for best fiction from the past year, voted for and loved by Readings staff. Displayed in no particular order.

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

Burial Rites is inspired by the true story of Agnes Magnúsdóttir, who was condemned to death after being charged with the murder of her employer in 1829. While awaiting her execution, Agnes is housed on a remote farm with a fam…

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The Best Crime Fiction of 2013

by Fiona Hardy

Here are our top ten crime books of 2013, as chosen by our crime specialist Fiona Hardy. (Displayed in no particular order).

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

J.K. Rowling’s foray into crime writing is a complete success: Cormoran Strike PI is a character as large on the page as he is in height. Ex-military and ex-happiness, he is offered a new case along with a tough new secretary, …

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Our Best Books, Music & Film of 2013

Every year we vote for our favourite books, CDs and DVDs of the past twelve months, and the results are always an interesting mix of big names and débuts, of powerful local releases and fascinating imports, of the heartbreaking and the hilarious.

Some titles are were ones we would’ve predicted, having been talked about loudly and often all year (such as Hannah Kent’s mesmerising novel Burial Rit

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The Best Junior & Middle Fiction of 2013

Here, we share our top five picks for best junior fiction from the past year, voted for and loved by Readings staff. Displayed here in no particular order.

A Big Guy Took My Ball! by Mo Willems

The usually plucky Piggie is upset when a big guy takes her ball. Her sensitive friend Elephant is determined to get it back … until he sees how big the big guy is! But big guys have feelings too and…

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The Best Young Adult Books of 2013

Here are our top ten picks for best young adult fiction from the past year, voted for and loved by Readings staff. (Displayed in no particular order).

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor is a misfit with a dysfunctional family. Park doesn’t quite fit in but has a warm, loving home life. One day the odd girl sits next to the comic book fan on the bus and slowly and sweetly they fall in …

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The Best Non-Fiction of 2013

Here are our top ten picks for best non-fiction books from the past year, voted for and loved by Readings staff. Displayed in no particular order.

Night Games by Anna Krien

Sitting effortlessly beside other great works of contemporary first-person narrative journalism, Anna Krien’s Night Games follows the rape trial of a young footballer in Melbourne, unpacking issues of sex, power and cons…

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Book vs Film: Catching Fire

by Bronte Coates

Last week I went to see the second film instalment of Suzanne Collins' dystopian trilogy, The Hunger Games, on opening night and, as expected, found myself in a cinema full of enthusiastic teen fans. When the trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Divergent appeared on screen, my friend leaned over to me and said, ‘I think those girls behind us are hyperventilating.’ I patted his hand. ‘We’re amo…

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Mark Rubbo’s Best Books of 2013

by Mark Rubbo

Our Managing Director Mark Rubbo shares his five favourite reads from the past year.

The Memory Trap by Andrea Goldsmith

This is a lovely, thoughtful novel. The protagonist, Nina Goldsmith, is a middle-aged advisor on memorial projects. After spending most of her adult life overseas, she returns to Australia after her marriage fails. There she finds her sister and her partner caught in a sp…

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Meet the Bookseller with Kim Gruschow

by Kim Gruschow

We chat with Kim Gruschow about her love for strong narrators and disappointment that being a witch wasn’t really a viable career option.

Why do you work in books?

Books formed a massive and deeply valued part of my childhood so when I started working at a children’s bookshop eight years ago it felt very right to be in a role that reflected this. The shelves are always changing as new books a…

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A conversation about Hilary T Smith’s novel Wild Awake

Three of our staff - Nina Kenwood, Emily Gale and Bronte Coates - come together and talk about Hilary T Smith’s debut novel Wild Awake - why they loved it and whether or not it should be classified as ‘young adult fiction’.

NK: I loved Wild Awake, but I finished it thinking that perhaps it’s the kind of YA novel that adults might enjoy more than teenagers.

EG: It’s definitely one that the adu…

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