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Which Book Witch Said This?

by Emily Gale

Think you know your witches? Here are some quotes from our favourite witches featured in children’s books. How many can you identify? (Adults, you might need to ask the kids for help…)

‘A vitch who dares to say I’m wrong, vill not be vith us very long!’

Need another clue? Despite being one of the most popular children’s books of all time, it has also been banned by many U.S. libraries and sch…

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Meet the Bookseller with Stella Charls

by Stella Charls

We chat with Stella Charls about beautiful book covers and her current obsession for short stories.

Why do you work in books?

I started reading books when my parents threw out our TV. I was three years old, and I think I remember them destroying it (maybe even burning it in the backyard) because I’d developed a dangerous TV obsession. Luckily, reading proved equally addictive. It’s said we’re…

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Last Week’s Top Ten Bestsellers

The release of Barracuda, a new novel by Christos Tsiolkas (author of The Slap) has been met with overwhelming enthusiasm by Readings customers - not to mention our staff! - leaping to the top spot on our bestsellers list.

Our Books Manager Martin Shaw says, ‘On the strength of Barracuda, there is not a more important writer working in Australia today.’

Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries and Tim W…

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An Extract from Once Upon a Time in Oz by Marion Halligan

In Once Upon a Time in Oz, Griffith REVIEW holds up an enchanted mirror to explore the role of fairy and folk tales across cultures in this country, and create new ones.

Here we share Marion Halligan’s short story ‘A castle in Toorak’.

THE BOUNCER WAS cute. I gave him a wicked smile, he frowned, looked us up and down slowly, and let us in. I knew he would. We looked good, our clothes were rig…

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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.

Angela is reading Esther’s Rainbow

*Why are there so many books about rainbows, and what’s on the other side?*

Apologies to Kermit the Frog, but his immortal lines keep swimming round my head in anticipation of our event celebrating Kim Kane’

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A night with Archie Roach

by Chris Gordon

On Friday eve I attended Into the Bloodstream, an evening with Archie Roach hosted by Melbourne Festival. Surrounded by his friends on stage and listening to Archie let loose his particular brand of raw, gospel tones, I felt as though the soundtrack of my adult life was being laid out before me.

I first met Archie Roach and his late wife, musician and activist Ruby Hunter, when I worked for the…

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Our staff review Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas

In Barracuda, Christos Tsiolkas once again holds up a mirror to the deepest insecurities and most dearly held dreams of middle-class Australia, delivering a searing exploration of failure, and how to come back from it.

Below, a collection of Readings staff offer their thoughts on the book.

Martin Shaw, Books Division Manager

The Chilean poet Pablo Neruda once said of the Argentine writer J…

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The SPN Most Underrated Book Award Shortlist for 2013

The Small Press Network’s ‘Most Underrated Book Award’ (MUBA) aims to “shine a light on some of the outstanding titles that are released by small and independent publishers that, for whatever reason, did not receive their fair dues”. Last year, Wayne Macauley won the inaugural award for The Cook (Text).

The winner will be announced on 15 November at a public gala event as part of the SPN Indepen…

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Non-Required Reading with the St Kilda Bookclub

by Amy Vuleta

Ever wondered what our bookclub meetings are like? Here’s a recap of a recent meeting at our St Kilda shop.

This month’s bookclub title was The Dinner by Herman Koch. It’s an incredible translation into English from its original Dutch, both funny and disturbingly chilling. All of our groups loved and hated this book in about equal measure, sometimes at the same time; it was all very confusing.…

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Last Week’s Top Ten Bestsellers

Australian authors dominate our bestselling books this week. Tim Winton’s new novel Eyrie takes out the top spot as our number one bestseller of the past week, and Richard Flanagan, Alex Miller, David Marr, John Safran, Chris Womersley, Rachel Buchanan and Kerry Greenwood round out a list of terrific Aussie authors.

Eyrie by Tim Winton The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton The Narrow Road to the D

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