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The Best DVDs of 2013

by Lou Fulco

Our top ten DVDs from 2013, as selected by our film expert Lou Fulco. (Displayed in no particular order).

The Perks of Being A Wallflower

The Perks of Being A Wallflower is a film that actually does justice to the book it was based on. On screen, Stephen Chbosky’s novel of teenage angst and life-changing friendships is honestly and unflinchingly portrayed. Logan Lerman, Emma Watson and Ezra…

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The Best Pop CDs of 2013

Here, we share our top ten picks for pop CDs released the past year, voted for and loved by Readings staff. Displayed here in no particular order.

Trouble Will Find Me by The National

Powered by Matt Berninger’s deceptively everyman voice that resonates like a conversation held by torchlight under the covers, The National have created an album full of ache and hope, told through sublime orc…

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Our Best Books, Music & Film of 2013

Every year we vote for our favourite books, CDs and DVDs of the past twelve months, and the results are always an interesting mix of big names and débuts, of powerful local releases and fascinating imports, of the heartbreaking and the hilarious.

Some titles are were ones we would’ve predicted, having been talked about loudly and often all year (such as Hannah Kent’s mesmerising novel Burial Rit

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The Best Non-Fiction of 2013

Here are our top ten picks for best non-fiction books from the past year, voted for and loved by Readings staff. Displayed in no particular order.

Night Games by Anna Krien

Sitting effortlessly beside other great works of contemporary first-person narrative journalism, Anna Krien’s Night Games follows the rape trial of a young footballer in Melbourne, unpacking issues of sex, power and cons…

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The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Shortlists 2013

The shortlisted titles for this year’s Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced, revealing a strong list of contenders across all categories: fiction, non-fiction, young adult, poetry and drama. The winning author of each category receives $25,000, as well as automatically goes in the running for the Victorian Prize for Literature, worth $100,000.

Here are the shortlists for 2013.…

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The Best Crime Fiction of 2013

by Fiona Hardy

Here are our top ten crime books of 2013, as chosen by our crime specialist Fiona Hardy. (Displayed in no particular order).

The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

J.K. Rowling’s foray into crime writing is a complete success: Cormoran Strike PI is a character as large on the page as he is in height. Ex-military and ex-happiness, he is offered a new case along with a tough new secretary, …

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The Best Young Adult Books of 2013

Here are our top ten picks for best young adult fiction from the past year, voted for and loved by Readings staff. (Displayed in no particular order).

Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor is a misfit with a dysfunctional family. Park doesn’t quite fit in but has a warm, loving home life. One day the odd girl sits next to the comic book fan on the bus and slowly and sweetly they fall in …

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The Best Classical CDs of 2013

by Phil Richards

Here, Classical Music Specialist Phil Richards shares his top ten Classical CDs from 2013 - in no particular order.

Philip Glass: Metamorphosis & The Hours by Lavinia Meijer

Philip Glass is without a doubt one of the great American composers and this CD, from harpist Lavinia Meijer, is superb. Glass’ piano compositions have always had a hypnotic beauty in their original form and here, playe…

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The Best Art & Design Books of 2013

by Margaret Snowdon

Here are our top five art and design books from 2013, as selected by our art & design specialist Margaret Snowdon. (Displayed in no particular order).

Art Cities of the Future by Geeta Kapur, Reid Shier & Kaelen Wilson-Goldie

Twelve specially commissioned curators investigate the art being made in Beirut, Delhi, Lagos, Seoul, Bogota, Istanbul, San Juan, Singapore, Cluj, Johannesburg, São Pa…

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Book vs Film: Catching Fire

by Bronte Coates

Last week I went to see the second film instalment of Suzanne Collins' dystopian trilogy, The Hunger Games, on opening night and, as expected, found myself in a cinema full of enthusiastic teen fans. When the trailer for the upcoming adaptation of Divergent appeared on screen, my friend leaned over to me and said, ‘I think those girls behind us are hyperventilating.’ I patted his hand. ‘We’re amo…

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