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What I loved: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

by Jason Austin

Jason Austin shares with us a book he loved for our new ‘What I Loved’ series.

About ten years ago I was stuck for something to read. You might think it strange that a bookseller was bereft of reading material, but, like most, we too have those moments where nothing piques our interest.

It was at the back of one of my bookshelves that I found a bruised copy of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.…

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The Best Fiction of 2012

This year we’ve seen a bumper crop of books, music and film and we’ve put together a series of our favourites, voted for and selected by Readings' staff.

Here, we share our top ten picks for best fiction from the past year.

**Martin Shaw recommends HHhH by Laurent Binet**

Continental writing is a lot more fluid about its genres than our English language tradition. So this book had literary p…

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Graphic Novels in a laneway

by Chris Gordon

It was a warm balmy sort of night when we closed the alleyway next to Readings. A gentle breeze cooled our faces as we moved garbage bins and lugged over 100 chairs out onto the cobblestones. The screen went up, the projectionist was in place and then the people arrived.

And so many people - more than we expected - huddled into the allocated space, craning their necks to see Graphic Novels! Mel

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Favourite Bedtime Stories: Freya Blackwood

Book-lovers share some of their old and new favourites for reading aloud to children at bedtime. This month, Australian illustrator Freya Blackwood with her daughter Ivy, 6.

Every night Ivy and I lie in her bed and read to each other. First she reads to me (or to our dog, see above!) and then I read to her. It’s my favourite part of the day. Many of the books we read are those I have collec…

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The Best Non-Fiction of 2012

This year we’ve seen a bumper crop of books, music and film and we’re pleased to present a series of our favourites, voted for and selected by Readings staff.

Here, we share our top ten picks for best non-fiction from the past year.

**Amy Vuleta recommends Gaysia by Benjamin Law**

Empathetic, entertaining and, above all, genuine, Benjamin Law’s Gaysia investigates the lives, experiences and …

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The Triple J Music Awards 2012

Tame Impala’s latest album, Lonerism has been named Album of the Year in triple j’s Music Awards for 2012.

The J Awards celebrate the outstanding musical output of Australian talent and this year the winner is Tame Impala a band described as West Australian psych warriors. In his review of Lonerism, our music specialist Declan Murphy says:

“By turns incredibly beautiful and deeply trippy, L…

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The Best Art & Design Books of 2012

by Margaret Snowdon

This year we’ve seen a bumper crop of books, music and film and over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting a series of our favourites, voted for and selected by Readings' staff.

Here, Margaret Snowdon, shares her favourite art and design books of 2012.

***Art in Oceania: A History* by Peter Blunt et al**

This landmark book breaks new ground by exploring the art of Oceania in its full histor…

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Tony Birch wins the Civic Choice Award

Tony Birch has won this year’s Melbourne Prize for Literature Civic Choice Award for his novel Blood.

All finalists for the Melbourne Prize for Literature and the Best Writing Award were eligible for the Civic Choice Award, which increased in prize money from $2000 to $5000 this year. We were delighted to be one of the sponsors for this particular prize, along with Hardie Grant. The winner w…

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The Best Pop CDs of 2012

This year we’ve seen a bumper crop of books, music and film and over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting a series of our favourites, voted for and selected by Readings staff.

Here, our music buyers and reviewers from Readings Monthly share their picks for best pop CDs of 2012.

**Fiona Hardy recommends Sugaring Season by Beth Orton**

This is sun and shadow in music. Orton’s unshakeable pas…

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Vale Bryce Courtenay

Bestselling Australian novelist Bryce Courtenay passed away at 11:30pm on Thursday 22 November in Canberra. Earlier this year, he posted the following video addressed to his readers.

His publisher Penguin Australia has released a statement following his death.

Born in Johannesburg, Courtenay often spoken of his youth in South Africa as being difficult. He spent time in orphanages, reform s…

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