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Next Gen at MIFF 2010

Now in its fourth year Next Gen returns this July as an integral part of the Melbourne International Film Festival. It’s also a part of MIFF that Readings is very proud to support.

The MIFF program of mature, intelligent cinema chosen for the young and the young-at-heart, Next Gen has a crop of world-class films that’s sure to entertain and inspire cinefiles of all ages.

The Dreamer, part of …

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75 New Popular Penguins and 10 NZ Popular Penguins

by Andrew McDonald

The new Popular Penguins have landed.

This time around there’s 75 of them to celebrate Penguin’s 75th birthday this year. As with the first batch and the second batch of Popular Penguins, there’s a nice mix of Young-At-Heart Classics (The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, The Little Prince), Non-Fiction Classics (The Philosophy Of Andy Warhol, On Natural Selection), Classic Classics (Hard Times, Washin

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Off the Peg of Fashion

by Pip Newling

I love watching a period drama, although I’m not a BBC bonnet-drama lover per se. I’m more of a 1940s or 1950s kitchen sink/dress lover - the big skirt of colourful florals with plenty of hoop-la layered underneath - think the recent English film An Education or the television show Mad Men. Tightish bodices, a cinched in waist and then that skirt = a perfect silhouette.

Post-WW2, cotton was pr…

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Our Julia Reads!

by Pip Newling

Did you see the news? Yes, I have taken up the habit again since ‘our Julia’ has risen to Prime Minister, and, as I watched the footage of Ms Gillard moving into her new Prime Ministerial office, I was transfixed by the books she was placing on her Prime Ministerial bookshelf. (Q: How many times can I use ‘she’ or ‘her’ with ‘Prime Minister’ in a sentence you wonder? A: Quite a few!)

The book th…

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Readings Carlton wins Independent Bookseller of the Year 2010

by Andrew McDonald, Readings Web Coordinator

Readings is thrilled to have been named Independent Bookseller of the Year 2010 for our Carlton shop at the Australian Book Industry Awards last night. It’s the second year running that the shop has won the award. Congratulations to the Carlton shop manager Robbie Egan, all the shop staff and Readings owner Mark Rubbo.

Readings Carlton, as seen from the back of the shop.

Other award highligh…

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Malcolm Fraser talks with Sally Warhaft at Readings Hawthorn

by Andrew McDonald

Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Fraser joined Sally Warhaft and former Supreme Court judge Dr Ken Crispin at Readings Hawthorn last night to talk about Dr Crispin’s new book The Quest For Justice.

Malcolm Fraser, Dr Ken Crispin and Sally Warhaft at Readings Hawthorn.

Prior to the event Sally chatted to Malcolm Fraser about issues that stem from Ken’s book including the insecurities …

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The Baby Shower

by Pip Newling


Yes, it’s an old-fashioned idea and I have to admit I have never been to a ‘proper’ one. I’ve been to drinks, BBQ’s, ‘last taste of freedom’ protest rallies, but never a ‘baby shower’. But this week, I have to go to a baby shower. Really, an afternoon tea called a ‘baby shower’ for lovely friends who will (in all likelihood) have a lovel…

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The Story of my Book: Daniel Ducrou on The Byron Journals

by Daniel Ducrou

Australian author Daniel Ducrou guest blogs for Readings to tell us the story of his novel The Byron Journals which was shortlisted for the 2007 Australian / Vogel Literary Prize and the 2008 Victorian Premier’s Literary Award.

I moved to Byron Bay in my early twenties and immediately fell in love with the place. I’d grown up in Adelaide which, by the time I left, felt like a retirement villa…

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The Films and Legacy of Tim Burton

by Fiona Hardy, Readings Carlton

I was about eight when I saw Edward Scissorhands for the first time; watching the sharp-edged Eddie stab someone in the belly gave me nightmares for weeks. Recently I saw it again as an adult and was overcome by the tenderness of the film (and also by Winona Ryder’s hair) and the entire scene made a lot more sense, immediately stripping away years of fear. I came away thinking that when I was you…

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Readings Warehouse Sale


Don’t miss Readings' first Warehouse Sale on at our new Drummond St warehouse in Carlton. Hundreds of books, CDs, DVDs and stationery at bargain prices.

Starts Saturday July 10th and continues through to Sunday July 18th.


Saturday & Sunday, 9am – 5pm Monday – Friday, 12pm – 2pm

Hundreds of books at $5, $10 and $20.

Check out the Warehouse Sale o

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