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What we’re reading

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on or the music we’re loving.

Kushla is reading Valiant by Holly Black

Holly Black’s Modern Tale of Faerie trilogy presents stand-alone stories about faerie people - mermaids, trolls, tree people - so they don’t necessarily need to be read in order. (I haven’t read the fir…

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Our favourite self-published children’s and young adult books

by Emily Gale

Writers from Beatrix Potter to Matthew Reilly first found success by self-publishing, and whereas it’s not easy to do well without the support of a big team, here is a list celebrating some self-published children and young adult books that have found a home at Readings in the last couple of years.

Ru Dreaming and Breaking Jumps by Amy Han

Melbourne writer Amy Han really charmed me with her b…

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Children & young adult books highlights for June

by Emily Gale

We loved Gus Gordon’s Herman and Rosie and this month he’s teamed up with Jill Esbaum for a new picture book: I Am Cow, Hear Me Moo! Esbaum uses lively rhyme to tell a ‘power of positive thinking’ yarn about Nadine, a cow, whose bravery rests on the philosophy that if she says she’s brave out loud, and if other people believe she’s brave, then she is - no matter what fears might lurk underneath. …

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What I Loved: Girl meets Boy: The Myth of Iphis by Ali Smith

by Marie Matteson

As I was texting my sister, asking her to lend me her copy of Girl Meets Boy so I could write this column, she was, in that moment, handing it to a friend to read. I lost my copy a while ago to the same practice. She retrieved it for me, and I sat down to re-read a story I have read and loved on several occasions and yet can never entirely recall. The details might be hazy as I always read it in …

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Our top ten bestsellers of the week

The Fictional Woman by Tara Moss Quota by Jock Serong The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Land Before Lines by Nicholas Walton-Healey The Feel-good Hit of the Year: A Memoir by Liam Pieper Shy: A Memoir by Sian Prior Burial Rites by Hannah Kent Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi Community: Salad Recipes from Arthur Street Kitchen by Hetty McKinnon A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn

After…

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Ask Agatha: Hilary Mantel, The Leftovers and romantic comedies

The latest installment of our book advice column where you can ask our wise bookseller Agatha all your tricky (book-related) questions. I’ve really enjoyed the Hilary Mantel Cromwell novels. Can you recommend other historical novel writers/titles?

Isn’t Mantel spectacular? If you haven’t yet tried her previous books it’s worth testing a title from her backlist. Beyond Black is one of the best…

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Mark’s Say: Political memoirs from women

by Mark Rubbo

What do you do when an invitation to meet a former prime minister arrives in your inbox?

It might depend which PM, but if you’re a bit of a sycophant like me, you might press reply near immediately. Random House Australia recently invited booksellers from across the country to assemble in Sydney and meet former Prime Minister Julia Gillard; the occasion was to formally announce the publication o…

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The editors of three literary journals tell us what they’re reading

Throughout winter, we are celebrating Melbourne literary journals with a new event series, Journal Assembly. In June, we’ll hear from Sam Cooney, Jeff Sparrow and Amy Middleton. Here, they share their current reading lists. Amy Middleton, editor of Archer Magazine:

Having only recently sent the second issue of Archer Magazine off to the printers, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks reading, a…

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What we’re reading

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on or the music we’re loving.

Ann Le Lievre is reading My Salinger Year by Joanna Smith Rakoff

My favourite ‘read-in-one-night’ book of this month is My Salinger Year.

It was that title which first caught my attention. Mmmm someone has met the elusive writer, or perhaps s…

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Cookbooks we love (and actually use)

Our staff share stories about their favourite cookbooks! Chris Gordon:

Pork and Sons is the archetypal pork cookbook. This book provides handy information into the history of the pig, the farmers and, of course, how to transform pork into meals suitable for any occasion.

In the book are 150 recipes presented by a three-generation-old family of pig butchers and farmers in rural France. Honest…

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