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The Best Mince Pies in Carlton

Christmas is not just all about giving gifts, it’s also all about eating. Here, we bring you the three best mince pies that can be found near our Carlton store.

1. Bәzela Foodstore, 105 Elgin Street, Carlton

There’s so much to love about these little mince pies – from their gorgeous presentation in a bag with a red, festive ribbon to the cheerful stars on top, they are simply divine. S…

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10 Must-Have Picture Books

by Emily Gale

The children’s specialists from all our stores have been working on a list of picture books everyone should own. Here are 10 of our favourites. They range from 1939 to the present, and from home and abroad.

Mister Magnolia by Quentin Blake (1980)

Mister Magnolia has only one boot… but he has so much more going for him! Including over twenty years of solid sales. Easy rhymes and utterly joyf…

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The Story Of My Book: Philosophy in the Garden

by Damon Young

There are many books about gardens and gardening: ‘how to’ manuals on bonsai, lavish photo essays on Italy, scholarly histories of design. Philosophy in the Garden is something else entirely: the intelligent garden-lover’s detective story—less of a ‘whodunit’, and more of a ‘why do it’.

Why was Jane Austen gazing at lilacs instead of writing Mansfield Park? Why was Friedrich Nietzsche wandering …

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Diego Marani on Translation

by Sam Rutter

You have worked as a translator for the European Union. Just how many languages do you work with?

I still work at the EU, but now I am a policy officer in charge of the Multilingualism Policy for the promotion of language learning. I used to translate from English, French, Dutch and Finnish. Our working languages are English and French and sometimes others, depending on the colleagues we have.

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Readings Foundation Grant Recipients Announced

The Readings Foundation has announced grants totalling $151,319 to support a range of projects and organisations in 2013.

61 applications for funding were received, which is an increase on the 44 applications received for the last grant round. The Foundation will support projects that specifically target literacy outcomes for children and adults through a variety of educational methods, a…

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TV Shows You Should Be Watching This Summer

by Nina Kenwood

Let’s face it – if you go out this summer you’ll probably just end up sunburnt, or hung-over, or both. Now is actually the perfect time of year to hole up inside with the blinds drawn, marathoning episodes of a TV show. Forget your friends, forget your kids, forget the beach, throw away that book you’ve been meaning to read (kidding – don’t do that). You’ve got shows to watch.

If you’re looking …

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Q&A with Matthew Condon, author of The Toe Tag Quintet

by Fiona Hardy

Matthew Condon chats with our crime-nut, Fiona Hardy, about his new novel The Toe Tag Quintet, a sharp, funny crime read.

In Toe Tag Quintet, a Sydney cop moves to the Gold Coast to retire and finds almost instantly that he would have experienced a more relaxing time had he stayed at work. Did you enjoy taking crime out of its typical home in Sydney and Melbourne and into sunny Queensland?

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Gift Ideas for Classical Music Lovers

by Kate Rockstrom

Christmas is upon us again!

While an integral part of Christmas are the carols, Handel’s Messiah and many other classical works, there are many classical music lovers out there and you don’t have to be stuck on carols to appreciate the world of classical music at this time of year.

Here are 12 titles that caught my eye.

Jordi Savall, Hesperion XXI and Alia Vox bring out a beautiful box for e…

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Fantastic Fiction Fast-Finder For Teens

by Emily Gale and Holly Harper

If there’s any Christmas gift for teenagers that makes the giver feel wholesome, it’s a book! But what do teens really want to read? Here’s our rapid-fire checklist based on interests, including new titles and older ones you may have missed.

For teens who love The Hunger Games:

Unwind by Neal Shusterman

Three runaways have to survive in a world where unwanted kids are ‘unwound’ for th…

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Our Short & Sweet Summer Playlist

Summer is a great time for music lovers, full of festivals and festivities. Our staff have put together a short playlist of albums perfect for BBQs, parties and roadtrips.

Declan Murphy recommends…

2012 produced a couple of incredible comeback albums and Bill Fay’s Life is People was the first.

After almost 40 years in the wilderness, cult and influential English songwriter Bill Fay deliv…

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