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The best new crime reads in May

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

Harper Lee – author of the slightly well known To Kill a Mockingbird – was by Truman Capote’s side when he wrote the brilliant work of fictionalised nonfiction, and arguably the first ‘true crime’ tale, In Cold Blood. After the copious notes and interviews she had completed for Capote, she tho…

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Mark’s Say: The London Book Fair

by Mark Rubbo

I hadn’t been to London or the London Book Fair since 2011; that had been a miserable visit. The weather was cold and drizzly; the book industry was going through an existential crisis as an avalanche of ebooks seemed to presage the demise of the printed book and of bookshops. A few months later the then minister for small business famously predicted that online sales would wipe out all but a few…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton Winning for Women: A Personal Story by Iola Mathews Invented Lives by Andrea Goldsmith Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan On Violence by natasha Scott Despoja Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Accidental Feminists by Jane Caro The Wedding Puzzle by Sallie Muirden The Power of Hope by Kon Karapanagiotidis

Vicki Laveau-Harvie’s Stella …

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2019 ABIA Book Award winners

The winners of the annual Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were announced last night.

Among the winners was Kathy Kozlowski, who was awarded the Pixie O'Harris Award for her contribution to Australian children’s literature. Aside from being an all-around children’s literature rockstar, Kathy is a children’s specialist bookseller at our Readings Kids bookshop.

Below is a full list of win…

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What We’re Reading: Sales, Darke and Cheng

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. Fiona Hardy is reading Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales

After selling piles of Leigh Sales' book on trauma, I was looking forward to reading Any Ordinary Day for my book club last week, even though it seemed obvious that a book about the very worst day of peopl…

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Dear Reader, May 2019

by Alison Huber

One of the perennial delights of working with new books is that there are always more new books (though it’s also a constant anxiety, since there are far too many to read, even in a thousand lifetimes), and we’re always furnished with advance copies well ahead of their release to the general public. As a consequence, I’m often reading something that won’t be available for several months when I wr…

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Favourite female protagonists

We thought we’d celebrate all the other wonderful women in our lives – fictional or not. Read on for some of our favourite female protagonists of recent releases, all set to inspire, amuse and move you. The Madonna of the Mountains by Elise Valmorbida

Between the world wars in the stunning yet harsh mountains of Northern Italy, Maria Vittoria struggles against all odds to keep her family sa…

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Come to Clunes 2019!

by Angela Crocombe

Stuck for weekend plans with the kids? Readings Kids shop manager Angela Crocombe recommends heading out to Clunes Booktown for its 2019 festival. Here she shares some of her most anticipated child-friendly events from the program. Read our full write-up of the main festival here.

It’s only a few days until the 2019 Clunes Booktown Festival starts, and I can’t wait to visit this beautiful heri…

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Books for mother-and-child read-alouds

Sharing a book together can be a wonderful thing to do for parents and children (or for the significant adults and kids in their lives). Here are some of our best recommendations across different age groups.

Recommended books to share with children ages 4–7

* For a playful interactive read, you can’t go past Beck and Matt Stanton’s anarchic (and accurately titled) picture book, The Book That

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