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What We’re Reading: Kane, Magorian and deWitt

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. Alison Huber is reading Rules for Visiting by Jessica Frances Kane

Rules for Visiting came across my desk at just the right time, and I read it in two sittings this week. The narrator, May, is a solitary figure who lives with her aging father in the house she …

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Four new home and cooking books to inspire you this July

by Chris Gordon

On Eating Meat by Matthew Evans

In On Eating Meat, food critic, chef, farmer, television presenter and restaurateur Matthew Evans grapples with the contentious topic of the means of producing and consuming animals. He examines feedlots and abattoirs, organic farms and his very own farming practices to appreciate what we are doing and why. This book could be placed in the same bucket as Jonatha…

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Ask Agatha

Our book advice column is back, and so is our wise and learned bookseller Agatha, who is ready to answer all your tricky (book-related) questions. If you have a question for Agatha please email askagatha@readings.com.au.

Dear Agatha I get up in the evening and I ain’t got nothing to say. I come home in the morning and I go to bed feeling the same way. I ain’t nothing but tired. Man I’m ju…

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The best kids' books, news & events for July

by Leanne Hall

This month we have a picture book ode to fashion and style, thrilling action adventures with heart and social commentary, sweet stories of animal and nature, and a beloved classic about a very special pig. Find our July picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

Fashionista by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Award-winning author Maxine Beneba Clarke has already given us such great books as T

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The best YA books & news for July

by Leanne Hall

This month we have a poetic tour de force with recipes, an Australian boy dealing with sudden deafness, an original exploration of a notorious Australian cold case, and survival thrills galore. Find our July picks for kids' books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH

With the Fire on High by Elizabeth Acevedo

Emoni loves to cook and has always dreamed of one day working as a professional chef. Wh…

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Q&A with Jenna Guillaume

by Jenna Guillaume

Jenna Guillaume is one of the six authors shortlisted for the 2019 Readings Young Adult Book Prize for her uplifting and witty YA novel What I Like About Me. In this interview, she talks about the spark that created What I Like About Me, where the wonderful character of Maisie and her story came from, and body representation in YA fiction. Can you tell us a bit about the initial spark of this …

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The best new crime reads in July

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH Six Minutes by Petronella McGovern

I picked this up because the name ‘Petronella McGovern’ is absolutely far too delightful to avoid, and kept reading because I was hooked. Three-year-old Bella – days shy of her fourth birthday – is at her playgroup, being minded by four mothers while her own ducks out to buy biscuits, when she vanishes. How could she have gone missi…

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The 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award Shortlist

The shortlist for the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced. The award, which is Australia’s most prestigious literary prize, was established through the will of My Brilliant Career author, Miles Franklin. The prize is awarded each year to a novel which is of the highest literary merit and presents Australian life in any of its phases.

The shortlisted titles are: The Lebs by …

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