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Mark’s say: Hachette vs. Amazon

by Mark Rubbo

Last month the US publishing industry’s annual get-together, the BookExpo America (BEA), was held in the giant Javits Center in midtown Manhattan on the banks of the Hudson River. It’s an event I’ve been to most years; this time I was joined by my colleague, Angela Crocombe, a recipient of the Readings Scholarship – a program designed to give Readings staff the opportunity to explore bookselling …

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Belle Place’s top picks for July

by Belle Place

Your regular columnist, Martin Shaw, was holidaying in Germany last month, young family and reading material in tow, which leaves me the pleasure of reporting on bookish news from the southern hemisphere for July.

Far removed from the European continent, two Australian debut novels are released this month that find their setting in our west coast. The rights to Brooke Davis’ Lost & Found have al…

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Q&A with Anna George

by Jason Austin

Jason Austin talks with Anna George about her new novel, What Came Before.

What Came Before begins with David’s confession that he’s killed his wife Elle. As the story progresses, we learn not only what came before that event, but what came before the couple met and how their once passionate relationship fell apart. David, in particular is a very charming, yet very troubled character. Was it h…

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The story of my book: My Year Without Matches

by Claire Dunn

At the start of 2011 I had a great idea.

I’d just left a primitive thatched hut after a year of wilderness survival skills and introspection. It was an archetypal story – a-woman-on-a-mission-of-self-discovery-in-the-wilds. There were ecstatic heights and existential lows, dangers and challenges, love affairs and conflict.

I’d write a book.

I did some research. According to Stephen King, if I …

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Judging the Readings Children’s Book Prize 2014

Being a children’s specialist at Readings means constantly having one or more children’s or young adult novels on the go. We try to - and want to - read as much as we can but of course, like any reader, we have our preferences. There are authors who are already established as favourites, and those books we give priority to. Then there are books we feel we should read because the publisher has giv…

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Our top ten bestsellers of the week

The Silkworm by Robert Galbraith The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt My Story by Julia Gillard (pre-order available only) The Age Good Cafe Guide 2014 by Matt Holden Hard Choices by Hillary Rodham Clinton Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi and Sami Tamimi Piranesi’s Grandest Tour: From Europe to Australia by Colin Holden Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow Burial R

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Winner of the Readings Children’s Book Prize

The winner of the first ever Readings Children’s Book Prize is… Tasmanian author Julie Hunt with her fantasy adventure Song For A Scarlet Runner! Julie receives prize money of $4,000 and will be appearing at an event in July. In the meantime, she answers questions about her book, which the Readings' judges loved unanimously. Tell us about your writing career so far.

I’ve been writing for a l…

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Ask Agatha: Reading at the dinner table and not crying in books

The latest installment of our book advice column where you can ask our wise bookseller Agatha all your tricky (book-related) questions. My husband and I need you to help settle an argument around book etiquette. Is it really that rude to read at the table during a meal? If yes, can exceptions be made if you are at a crucial part in the story?

It’s not really a question of where you are in the…

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Readings Bargains shop sale

Did you know there is a small speciality Readings Bargains shop in Carlton? It’s located in Lygon Court, near the Cinema Nova box office, across the road from our flagship Carlton shop.

The Readings Bargain shop is having a relocation sale (don’t worry – they aren’t moving far! Just to another spot in Lygon Court). At the moment, all books at the Readings Bargain shop are priced at only $6! You…

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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 We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fowler

When I confessed that I’d lost my reading mojo last week, two of my colleagues formed a campaign to make me read We Are All Completely Beside Ourselves by Karen Joy Fo…

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