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What we’re reading: North, Cusk & Rippin

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on, or the music we’re loving. Fiona Hardy is reading Outlawed by Anna North

After loving North’s The Life and Death of Sophie Stark when it came out a few years ago, I was thrilled to pick up a copy of her new book. Set in a slightly different version of classic Movie-Wes…

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Animal adventures for young readers

by Leanne Hall

Animals in books can be protagonists, best friends, imaginary friends, heroes, vulnerable companions and so much more. Here are some of our favourite books for readers aged 8 -12 years that give animal characters the limelight they deserve.

Pawcasso by Remy Lai

Every Saturday, Pawcasso trots into town to buy groceries and undertake other chores for his family. One day, he passes by Jo’s ho…

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Call & Collect

Our Call & Collect service is back, but this time we’re doing things a little differently.

Starting Friday 4 June the Call & Collect service will be available during the following hours:

Carlton Mon to Sat 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm

Kids Mon to Sat 9am-6pm, Sunday 10am-6pm

Hawthorn Mon to Sat 9am-4pm, Sunday 10am-4pm

St Kilda Mon to Sun 10am-5pm

Doncaster Mon to Sun 10am-4pm

Malvern Mon to Sat…

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Chris Gordon is a finalist for Bookseller of the Year 2021

We’re delighted that our Programming and Events Manager Chris Gordon has been shortlisted for this year’s ABA Bookseller of the Year Awards! These awards recognise booksellers for their performance within their own bookshops, along with their achievements within the book industry and throughout their local community.

Apart from being a tremendous asset in her Readings role, Chris Gordon sits o…

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Meet the bookseller with Lou Ryan

In this month’s Meet the Bookseller column we chat with Lou Ryan, our fabulous Carlton shop manager! We talk about how a conversation with a friendly bookseller began her life-long career in publishing, how a 1980s bookstore compares to those of 2021, and what she’s been reading lately. Why did you decide to work in books?

I was a directionless and underemployed 24-year-old who loved reading.…

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Reading the news

Want to delve deeper into the events and issues that are dominating news media this month? We recommend the following books, both non-fiction and fiction, for those wanting to gain extra insight and understanding into current affairs.

Working in medicine during a pandemic The Care Factor by Ailsa Wild

When Covid-19 began to spread across the world in 2020, Simone Sheridan volunteered to r…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Real Estate by Deborah Levy

The Truth About China by Bill Birtles

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

Hamnet by Maggie O'Farrell

Before You Knew My Name by Jacqueline Bublitz

Second Place by Rachel Cusk

The Kindness Revolution by Hugh MacKay

With the Falling of the Dusk by Stan Grant

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld

Our best-seller from the past week i…

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What we’re reading: O'Leary, Nguyen & Donnelly

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on, or the music we’re loving. Lucie Dess is reading The Road Trip by Beth O'Leary

This book was my most anticipated read for 2021 and it did not disappoint! Addie and her sister are on their way to a friend’s wedding when a car crashes into the back of them. In that car i…

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Seven books for backyard explorers

What’s Inside a Flower? by Rachel Ignotofsky

Budding backyard scientists can start exploring their world with this stunning introduction to these flowery show-stoppers-from seeds to roots to blooms. Learning how flowers grow gives kids beautiful building blocks of science and inquiry. 4+

Plantastic! by Catherine Clowes & Rachel Gyan

Plantastic! presents 26 of Australia’s most unique and …

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