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Meet the bookseller with James Butler

by James Butler

James Butler works as a bookseller at our Hawthorn shop. Here we chat with them about how they ended up working in bookshops, and what’s an Australian book everyone should read. Why did you decide to work in books?

I began working in an independent bookshop when I first started studying creative writing and English literature at university. It felt like work that was the perfect extension of …

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Recommended October YA books & events

by Leanne Hall

This month we have blockbuster fantasy, a sophisticated look at modern gaming, an homage to 1950s horror movies, a gritty Australian contemporary read and satisfying horror. Find our October picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH Angel Mage by Garth Nix

Liliath, a powerful angel mage that has been dead for 140 years is back to revive her destructive plans – and she will need fo…

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The Goldsmiths Prize shortlist 2019

In the UK, the shortlist for the Goldsmiths Prize has been announced. The Prize was established in 2013 to celebrate the qualities of creative daring and to reward fiction that breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form.

The titles shortlisted for the Goldsmiths Prize are:

Slip of a Fish by Amy Arnold

Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann

The Porpoise by Mark Haddon

The Ma

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Recommended October kids books, news & events

by Leanne Hall

This month we’re blessed with gorgeous imaginative picture books, dragon-filled fantasy quests, sweet dancing dogs, retold fairy tales and climate science. Find our October picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH All of the Factors of Why I Love Tractors by Davina Bell & Jenny Løvlie

When Frankie McGee insists on borrowing yet another library book about tractors, his mum begs hi…

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The Readings Teen Advisory Board reviews the new Garth Nix

by Angela Crocombe

This month we had a visit from book agent, YA advocate and forthcoming author, Danielle Binks, who was a whirlwind of energy and enthusiasm.

Danielle regaled us all with stories about the benefits of having an agent if you are an author, and what an agent does. It was absolutely fascinating, particularly when Danielle gave us specific stories about the journey to publication for some of her book…

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The best new food & gardening books in October

by Chris Gordon

Our monthly food and gardening columnist shares four of her favourite new books in October.

TLV: Tel Aviv - Recipes and stories from Israel by Jigal Krant

Dutch author Jigal Krant is a culinary journalist, filmmaker, and radio producer based in the Netherlands. He produces and presents a television program titled The Kosher Dilemma, in which he searches for the secrets of Jewish cuisine. T…

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Our booksellers are loving The Wife and the Widow

Following on from his enormously successful debut, The Nowhere Child, we’ve been looking forward all year to Christian White’s second crime thriller. And now it’s here! Here are some glowing testimonials from booksellers who have read, and loved, The Wife and the Widow.

‘As an avid crime fiction reader, I don’t outwardly react to events that happen in books that often. It sounds awful, but br…

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Special offer: 3 for 2 Vintage Classics

Throughout October, we have a special offer on the Classics range of fiction and non-fiction titles from Vintage.

Buy two books, and choose a third book in the range (of equal or lesser value) for free!

Whether it’s picking up Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale before reading her sequel The Testaments, or the late, great Toni Morrison’s iconic Beloved, we have a wide range of titles on off…

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Which Zadie Smith book should you read first?

by Ellen Cregan

Exciting news: Zadie Smith is coming to Melbourne as part of the Wheeler Centre’s Broadside festival. If you want to get stuck into this legendary author’s oeuvre, but aren’t sure where to begin, read on!

Interweaving 10 completely new and unpublished stories with some of her best-loved pieces from the New Yorker and elsewhere, Grand Union is a sharply alert and slyly prescient collection ab…

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Readings Prize spotlight: Q&A with Alice Robinson

by Alice Robinson

The Glad Shout by Alice Robinson is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Here, we chat with Robinson about parenthood, the very real threat of climate change, and what she’s reading now. Congratulations on being shortlisted for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction! Can you tell us a little bit about your book?

Thank you so much! …

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