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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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The Best DVDs of 2012

by Gerard Elson

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 film specialist Gerard Elson shares his top ten DVDs of 2012.

*Inner Space: The Complete Series*

Self-styled sub-aquatic adventurers Val and Ron Taylor wrote the book on vanguard underwater photography. In …

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Book Industry News Bite

by Mark Rubbo

Amazon is a pretty clever company; you could say it invented online retailing and, in doing so, changed the way people shopped. The Kindle device also changed the way we read. The other thing that it has been really good at is avoiding tax. In the US, it set up in the state of Washington so it could sell to customers in the more populous states tax free, and it’s rumored that founder Jeff Bezos o…

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Round-Up of Kids' and YA Books for November

by Emily Gale

Halloween may be a distant, sugary-hazed memory, but the children’s and YA line-up this month has a horrifying theme - from the creepy to the downright silly.

***This Is Not A Test* by Courtney Summers**

It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to k

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The Best Young Adult Books 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 children and YA specialists share their picks for best Young Adult Fiction of 2012.

**Kim Gruschow recommends Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner**

Sally Gardner treats the reader to a remarkable perspective and a…

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