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Special offers at Readings in October

Throughout the month of October, we have three special offers to tempt both book and music lovers. 25% off Lonely Planet Travel Guides

What better time than Spring to begin planning for your next travel adventure? Luckily, the Readings Lonely Planet sale is on again, with 25% off all Lonely Planet titles. Whatever your travel style and whether you’re planning to visit Japan, Sri Lanka or Ne

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Mark’s Say, October 2018

by Mark Rubbo

Victoria’s State Library is undergoing a massive transformation with internal spaces being reconfigured and others reopened and repurposed, including the glorious Queens Hall. The design of the refurbishment is a collaboration between Australasian design firm Architectus and Scandinavia’s Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. The first stage of the redevelopment was completed in late September with t…

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What we’re reading: Dervla McTiernan, Anna Burns & Adam Liaw

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Paul Barr is listening to Lanterns by Ryan Ayers

Former classical guitarist Ryan Ayers has picked up a steel string guitar to great effect on Lanterns. Ayers has a gift for melody and unlike a lot of the current crop of acoustic players, his music has echoes o…

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Dear Reader, October 2018

by Alison Huber

Haruki Murakami made headlines this September, choosing to withdraw himself from contention for the New Academy Prize for Literature, the Swedish award set up as the alternative to the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature while the old academy regroups following scandals revealed earlier in the year. Murakami is making good on that old acceptance speech adage that ‘it’s an honour just to be nominated’;…

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12 terrific picture books from July to September

by Bronte Coates

Picture book lover Bronte Coates shares 12 of her the best new picture books from the past three months. You can find more of her favourites from 2018 here and here. Cicada by Shaun Tan

Cicada is another masterful work from Shaun Tan – a stunningly illustrated story of transformation. Tan imagines the eponymous cicada as an unappreciated, abused office worker. There are echoes of the refuge…

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A monthly update from our Teen Advisory Board

by Angela Crocombe

This month the teens were fortunate to have a visit from debut YA author, Eleni Hale, who spoke about her novel Stone Girl, published in May earlier this year.

Stone Girl is the story of a young girl, Sophie, whose mother tragically dies when she is only thirteen. Sophie has no choice but to enter the foster system in Melbourne. We see her transform, due to her terrible experiences, from an inno…

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Kids books to read on International Peace Day

by Leanne Hall

Each year the International Day of Peace is observed around the world on 21 September, and this year the focus is on the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Here are some books you can share with children to explore ideas around rights, freedom, activism and small ways to be peaceful in everyday life. You can find even more recommendations of books to read on Internati

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The Man Booker Prize shortlist 2018

Congratulations to the authors shortlisted for this year’s Man Booker Prize for Fiction.

Here is the full shortlist:

Milkman by Anna Burns Washington Black by Esi Edugyan Everything Under by Daisy Johnson The Mars Room by Rachel Kushner The Overstory by Richard Powers The Long Take by Robin Robertson

Chair of 2018 judges, Kwame Anthony Appiah, says: ‘All of our six finalists are miracles of …

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