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Six Terrific Travel Books

by Bronte Coates

Having been inspired by the Australian Travel Writing Festival last weekend, here are six ‘travel’ books I’ve loved, from memoir that opened up another way of life for me, to novels that have recreated other lands so vividly they’ve inspired me to travel there.

My Family and other Animals by Gerald Durrell

We had never been certain of my mother’s age for the simple reason she could never re

Read more › and Readings ebooks

Last Friday, Readings ebook distributor OverDrive announced that it will discontinue ebook sales via the platform on 1 July this year.

As ebook sales through Readings are powered by and use the technology, this means Readings will be no longer be selling ebooks through from 1 July 2013. Right now, Readings does not have a new ebook partner in place but we are…

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The 2013 Miles Franklin Longlist

The Miles Franklin Longlist has been announced for 2013.

The Judges have selected 10 novels for the 2013 longlist including eight female authors, five first time novelists, four previously shortlisted authors and one former double Miles Franklin Literary Award winner.

The full list is included here:

Floundering by Romy Ash

Lola Bensky by Lily Brett

Street to Street by Brian Castro


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The 2013 Indie Award Winners

The winners of the 2013 Indie Awards have been announced!

Each year, independent booksellers from around the nation get together and vote for their favourite titles in four different categories, as well as their favourite book overall.

This year The Light Between Oceans by M.L. Stedman has been named the overall Indie Book of the Year.

The full list of winners in each category, including comm…

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Sign up to our kids and YA enews and win!

Our kids and YA enews includes all the latest book releases, news, events, blog posts and competitions for young, middle and older readers, handpicked by our wonderful children’s & YA specialists.

Sign up to receive our monthly kids and YA enews before 31 March 2013 and you’ll go in the draw to win a giant plush Peter Rabbit for Easter (pictured below)!

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Come visit The School of Life

The School of Life’s summer term is coming to an end this weekend. Make sure you take the chance to come down and check out our bookshop before it’s too late!

While the remaining classes in the summer term are mostly sold out, there are still seats available for the Dinner With Virginia Woolf event on Wednesday 27 March.

The School of Life’s inaugural summer term has featured a diverse range of…

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The Stella Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for the inaugural Stella Prize has been announced!

Chair of the judges, Kerryn Goldsworthy, says of the shortlist:

The shortlist features a wide variety of subject matter and genre: the list contains a collection of short stories and a verse novel; it includes fantasy, speculative fiction, two historical novels and one that has been described as Australian Gothic. There are

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Meet the Bookseller with Lou Fulco

Lou Fulco admits to a love of foreign crime shows and gives advice on how to return a DVD with bite marks in it. (Be very angry…)

Why do you work in books?

I actually came to Readings as a music and DVD specialist. Readings was the place that I used to buy many of my books from prior to that, so the marriage was a bonus.

Name a book/film/album that has changed the way you think.

Every …

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Classical Composers You Might Not Have Heard Of

by Kate Rockstrom

There are more composers out in the world aside from the usual Beethoven, Bach and Mozart. The only problem is where to start with the plethora of music available.

I have a number of my favourite less-known composers I’d love to introduce you to today.

Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959) was a Czech composer.

While his style was deeply entrenched in the Romantic style of composition (think big sym…

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Small Organic Spaces

by Chris Gordon

It is not true that all people who like to garden are naturally practical people. We are not all ‘earthy’ or pragmatic and sometimes, we need help to make our vision of The Good Life (circa 1970s BBC television series) a reality. Frankly, what we urban gardeners/dreamers need is a manual.

Small Space Organics is that manual. Here is one text book that covers everything from growing edible water …

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