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Q&A with Toni Jordan, author of Fall Girl

by Andrew McDonald

Toni Jordan writes romantic comedies about ‘unsexy’ things like maths and science. Fall Girl is Toni’s second novel and features an evolutionary biologist (Or does it? There are twists galore in Fall Girl). Jo Case interviewed Toni to get the low down on the new novel and the different and unusual elements to be found within a Toni Jordan romcom.

What made you decide to write about a family

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Shopping online at Readings this Christmas

Christmas is just eight weeks away and the Readings website is here to make your festive shopping as easy as possible. As well as offering free freight within Australia on orders $50 and more, we also offer free gift wrapping and the option to include a personal message with ordered items - perfect for sending gifts directly to that special someone.

To get your Christmas orders delivered (with…

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The Gruen Transfer: Selling Subliminally

by Andrew McDonald

You can’t really make out what the cover of the first Gruen Transfer book is in the small images on our website, so we thought we’d show you a large version.

The ABC TV show has proved to be incredibly popular and if this cover has any influence, the book will be too.

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ebooks are coming to Readings

by Andrew McDonald, Online Manager

It is with a happy heart indeed that Readings can announce we will be launching an ebooks service on our website in the coming few months.

We’ll be selling ebooks through Bookish - an ebook platform built and run by Melbourne-based software inventors Inventive Labs.

Buying and using ebooks with Bookish has many advantages:

There’s nothing to install as it works in your internet browser You…

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Free Eshkeneh recipe from Greg & Lucy Malouf’s new book Saraban

As we head into the weekend here’s a free recipe and preview of Greg and Lucy Malouf’s brand new book of Persian cooking - Saraban: A Chef’s Journey Through Persia - to try out.

Eshkeneh is an ancient Persian soup and doesn’t it look delicious.

Greg and Lucy Malouf will be appearing at Readings Hawthorn next week on Tuesday 26 October at 6.30pm, where they’ll be talking about Saraban and s…

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Andrea Goldsmith on Dorothy Porter’s Love Poems

by Andrea Goldsmith

Andrea Goldsmith guest blogs for Readings to tell us the story behind Love Poems - the new collection of poetry by her late partner Dorothy Porter (left).

Dorothy Porter often described herself as lazy. What she meant was that much of her work occurred while she was walking or staring at the stars or stretched out on the couch reading. In fact, Dot never stopped writing or reading, and the resu…

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Shaun Tan Colouring Competition

Our Shaun Tan colouring competition has started!

Colour in the Shaun Tan colouring sheet (you can download the PDF below) and mail it back to us - or drop it off at your local Readings shop - to go in the running to win some great Shaun Tan prizes from Windy Hollow Books.

First prize: A copy of Shaun Tan’s new book, The Bird King and Other Sketches. Second prize: A Shaun Tan blank journal

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The Australian says Readings Reviews are a Source of Equal-Handed Coverage

by Andrew McDonald

In the Review section of this past weekend’s Weekend Australian, our Readings reviews were highlighted as a source of ‘even-handed coverage’ of books written by men and women.

Reader Freya Headlam says the fact books by men are reviewed more often, and that men also do more reviews, shows “no market sense”. She suggests the best place to get even-handed coverage is the monthly newsletter of

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Oslo Davis interviews Shaun Tan about The Arrival and Sketches From a Nameless Land

Melbourne cartoonist/artist/satirist Oslo Davis is a big graphic novel and comics fan and was very excited to interview Shaun Tan for Readings, about Shaun’s new (and gorgeous) slipcase edition of The Arrival. Included in the slipcase is a book of preliminary notes and sketches that went into the creation of The Arrival, called Sketches From a Nameless Land.

Here’s part of Oslo’s chat with S…

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Paul Kelly interviewed about his memoir How To Make Gravy

Australian singer-songwriter Paul Kelly’s new memoir How To Make Gravy is one of the biggest Australian music biographies of recent years - in size and stature. It’s already proved to be very popular here at Readings with copies of the book and the signed slipcase edition (that includes the book and the box set of the A to Z live recordings that give the book its structure) flying out the doors o…

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