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Event Highlights in October

Events Coordinator Sean O’Beirne tells us why our October program of events is unmissable.


Don’t think for a minute that most people now just stay at home every night, hunched over their computers, stealing season after season of some TV show. Please. Surely we can do better than that? And anyway, how could it possibly be true, when our upcoming event program is so good?

You’ll be wa…

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Vale Christopher Koch

Christopher Koch passed away this morning at age 81.

After a battle with cancer, the acclaimed author and former ABC Broadcaster died near his home in Tasmania. He is survived by his wife Robin and his family.

Chris was made an Officer of the Order of Australia for his contribution to Australian literature in 1995 and was twice winner of the Miles Franklin Award for fiction. He is the author …

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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.

Emily is reading Jane, the Fox & Me

It’s more than my job’s worth to mention names but I can reveal that this week in a post-election malaise, some of our most highly respected booksellers have been watching The Bachelor.

As you may imagine, …

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Why you should watch Friday Night Lights

by Marie Matteson

Bookseller Marie Matteson tells us about the secret Readings Friday Night Lights fan club, and why she thinks you should join it.

A few years ago Lorrie Moore wrote a wonderful piece for The New York Review of Books about the television show Friday Night Lights. She spoke of finding herself at a party, heads together with two other authors, united in what had been a previously isolated love of…

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Creative Yoga For Kids

by Edna Reinhardt

The benefits of relaxation sessions for kids are becoming widely acknowledged and on our shelves you’ll find two handy kits to teach you the basics of yoga for kids, produced by Melbourne’s Edna Reinhardt. Here’s Edna’s guide to getting started.

Yoga cards for kids are an innovation designed to help you and your child discover yoga together. They are tactile, inventive and fun and using them c…

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Our Best Bargains This Month

by Mark Rubbo

Readings Managing Director Mark Rubbo shares his top picks for bargain lovers this month.

My colleagues know that I love a good bargain, a book bargain that is. Publishers sell off all kinds of wonderful books at low prices for a number of reasons: they printed too many; the paperback has come out; the original price no longer reflects the current market. I spend a fair amount of time pesterin…

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Five Notable Uses of Music In Breaking Bad

by Chris Somerville

Chris Somerville talks about some of his music highlights in the television drama, Breaking Bad.

Currently I’m trying to catch up on Breaking Bad before the season ends and everyone talks about it on social media. I realise, of course, that this is entirely my own fault, and that I’ve had ample time to catch up. Even so it irked me when recently a woman sitting next to me on a plane saw me wat…

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A Good Reason To Send Fan Mail

by Dani Solomon

Bookseller Dani Solomon shares what happened when she sent fan mail to a favourite author.

One of my favourite books I read last year was Apocalypse Cow by Michael Logan. In essence, this book is the answer to the question: What would happen if the zombie virus infected animals?

The first thing that happens is you learn exactly how funny rage-filled zombiefied cows, bunnies and sheep can be. …

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A day with Ardoch Youth Foundation

by Isobel Michael

Philanthropy Executive of Ardoch Youth Foundation, Isobel Michael, tells us about the day-to-day work of Ardoch’s ‘Reading Buddies’.

The Readings Foundation’s support of Ardoch has enabled us to train and place volunteers to help to develop disadvantaged children’s literacy in schools and early childhood centres. These ‘Reading Buddies’ work to develop the children’s love of books and reading …

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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.

Nina is reading Eleanor & Park by Rainbow Rowell

Eleanor & Park is one of the best YA books I have ever read.

I loved it from start to finish, and devoured it in less than a day. It captures everything that’s wonderful/awful about being a …

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