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2014 ARIA Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 ARIA Awards!

Here is the full list of winners:

Sia, 1000 Forms of Fear
Album of the year
Best female artist
Best pop release
Best video for Chandelier (Directed by Sia and Daniel Askill)

Chet Faker, Built on Glass
Best male artist
Best independent release

Sheppard, Bombs Away
Best group

Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
Breakthrough artist

5 Seconds of

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Great new Christmas books for children

by Emily Gale

If you’re looking for Christmas books that feature new Australian stories: Please note, Tea and Sugar Christmas is now out of stock at Readings and more stock cannot be supplied in time for Christmas.

Christmas books can get a bit samey, so when an original idea pops up you take notice. I can remember the moment I heard about Tea and Sugar Christmas.

I was at a children’s literature conf…

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Our thoughts on the film adaptation of Mockingjay: Part 1

Three fans of The Hunger Games trilogy – Nina Kenwood, Chris Gordon and Bronte Coates – share their thoughts on the the most recent film adaptation, Mockingjay: Part 1.

Bronte: Okay, let’s kick this off with an easy question… How did film rate against the first two?

Chris: I loved Mockingjay: Part 1 the best of all three. I think the actors came into their own in this film and really owned th…

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Ask Agatha: How can I convince my housemate to let me bring a cat home?

Our wise bookseller Agatha answers all your tricky questions. If you have a question for Agatha please email I’m obsessed with the podcast Serial and am so disappointed they’re taking a break this week. But (sigh) I’ve decided to turn this event into a positive and use the time to read something that will complement my listening of it. What would you suggest?


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Five books that have made an impression on me this year

by Jason Austin

Bookseller Jason Austin shares five books that have made an impression on him in 2014. Young Hearts Crying by Richard Yates.

Every year I try to read at least one novel by Richard Yates. It’s a relatively new tradition of mine that will sadly only last a couple more years as Yates only wrote seven novels and only has two short-story collections available. His own story is a sad one. He suff…

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Our Best Books, Music & Film of 2014

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books, CDs and DVDs of the past twelve months. And 2014 has truly seen a bumper crop of new releases!

Here’s a round up of the blog posts featuring all of our best books, music & film of the past year:

The Best Fiction Books of 2014 The Best Non-Fiction Books of 2014 The Best Crime Books of 2014 The Best Young Adult Books of 2014 The Best Picture B

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The Best Young Adult Books of 2014

Here are our top ten young adult fiction books of the year, voted for by Readings staff. Displayed in no particular order.

Falling Into Place by Amy Zhang

When an accident puts the most popular girl at school in hospital, it’s as if everyone has turned up to find out if she will live or die. But was it an accident? Why would the girl who appeared to have it all throw it all away? This is a …

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The Best Fiction Books of 2014

Here are our top ten fiction books of the year, voted for by Readings staff. Displayed in no particular order.

Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven

Ellen van Neerven’s Heat and Light is an exceptional debut. This work of fiction could be called a short-story collection, or a novel in three parts – categorising these powerful portraits of Aboriginal women is irrelevant. With spare, controlled…

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The Best Art & Design Books of 2014

Here are our top ten art and design books of the year, as chosen by our art & design specialist Margaret Snowdon. Displayed in no particular order.

Superlight: Lightness in Contemporary Houses by Phyllis Richardson

Superlight houses combine two strands of thinking: that lightweight buildings have less impact on their environments, and that this lightness (visually, materially, ecologically)…

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