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Colson Whitehead wins the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Colson Whitehead has won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Nickel Boys.

The Nickel Boys is based on the history of a real ‘reform’ school in 1960s Florida, where the systematic abuse of its African American students is masked by the school’s claims to provide moral training.

The Pulitzer judges commented: ‘A spare and devastating exploration of abuse at a reform school in Jim Crow-era…

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Literary mysteries for book lovers

We’ve got you covered if you’re in the mood for a mystery read that will expand your mind, take you deep into worlds and use some beautiful language along the way. Here are some of our favourite literary books with a mystery at their heart (or if you prefer, mysteries with a literary bent).

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

In 1901, the word ‘Bondmaid' was discovered missing fro…

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Our children’s & YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle, Book 2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks When It Drops by Alex Dyson Slime by David Walliams & Tony Ross Bluey: Time to Play! Real Pigeons Peck Punches (Real Pigeons, Book 5) by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood Landing with Wings by Trace Balla Dawn of the Underlord (The Bad Guys, Book 11) by Aaron Blabey Sherlock Bones and th

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Phosphorescence by Julia Baird A Bigger Picture by Malcolm Turnbull Normal People by Sally Rooney The Adversary by Ronnie Scott The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel After Australia edited by Michael Mohammed Ahmad (available 26 May) Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo The Loudness of Unsaid Things by Hil…

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The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists for 2020

Three emerging Australian writers have been named The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists for 2020. Congratulations to Josephine Rowe, Alice Bishop and Joey Bui!

Here are our bookseller recommendations for each of their books.

Here Until August by Josephine Rowe

‘A beautifully crafted collection that leaves the reader breathless with its beauty. Every sentence in this boo…

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Introducing kerbside pick-up at Readings

We’re delighted to announce that from today (Monday 4 May) we are offering a kerbside pick-up service at our Hawthorn, Malvern, Kids and St Kilda shops this week. Our Carlton shop will also be offering the service on Friday 8 May and Saturday 9 May.

If you’re looking to pick up a last-minute Mother’s Day gift, we have plenty of terrific books on offer and can provide recommendations on the spot.…

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Chris Gordon’s self-isolation cooking diary: Week 6

by Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon is our events and programming manager extraordinaire, as well as our monthly food and gardening columnist. Here is the latest instalment of her self-isolation cooking diary.

What have I learned this week?

Making sourdough bread is not for the faint-hearted – even if you do live in the north. If you haven’t attempted to make it, are you even in lockdown? This process is not somet…

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Books we’ve always pretended to have read…

It is a sad and inescapable reality of working at a bookshop that one can not read every book that comes through the door. At times, we simply must resort to handselling titles based on what we’ve heard from others, instead of our own first-hand experiences. With Covid-19 causing Readings to temporarily close the doors of our physical shops, a number of our booksellers have been home, self-isola…

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Recommended kids books in translation

by Leanne Hall

Feeling stuck in a kids book rut? Maybe some translated children’s literature from all over the globe might help. Here are some of our recent favourite kids books in translation. Forever by Beatrice Alemagna

This gorgeous, simple and very comforting picture book explores how things are always changing and moving, and nothing stays the same forever. Tears dry up, sleep ends, birds and music …

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Book recommendations from the Victorian Women’s Trust

We asked the team at Victorian Women’s Trust to share what they’ve been reading in isolation. Here’s what they said. From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories by Mark McKenna

“If there remains any need to drive the last nail in the coffin of terra nullius, this is it, with riveting historical accounts of overlooked or forgotten encounters between Indigenous people and White Europeans.”

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