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Our favourite last-minute Father’s Day gift ideas

Well, Father’s Day is almost here – this Sunday, to be exact – and if you’re still scrambling to pick something up for the special father figure in your life, then we’ve got you covered. Below are our favourite last-minute gift ideas that are sure to satiate even the pickiest of dads, and if you’re still in need of inspiration, please peruse our gift ideas collections here or below. Sadly, the …

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Recommended September kids books, news & events

by Leanne Hall

This month we’ve got an amazing array of middle grade fiction that takes readers from film locations to Peru to magical cities, a new Real Pigeons book, and a modern classic about to get the big screen treatment. Find our September picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

How to Make a Movie in Twelve Days by Fiona Hardy

Hayley Whelan has spent her whole life dreaming of writing…

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Join us for a very special Booker Prize shortlist dinner

Join us on Monday 14 October for our sit-down Booker Prize shortlist dinner at Tolarno Eating House, St Kilda.

Discuss which Booker Prize-shortlisted book you think should win; which book you think probably will win; and which book will win over your dead body (chances are, that’s the one that will get the gong!). Mark Rubbo, Readings’ managing director, will be your host du jour and Jane Sulliv…

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At home with Chris Gordon

by Chris Gordon

Finally, spring is here! To celebrate, I thought we would rejoice in plant-based meals. I hope these wonderful new books, all by women, inspire you. East by Meera Sodha (Available 3 September)

Meera Sodha was born in England to Ugandan-Indian parents and was raised on a delicious assortment of family recipes that had been passed down through generations. Sodha has made a living from writing…

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A monthly update from our teen advisory board

by Angela Crocombe

This month on the Teen Advisory Board we had a visit from Nina Kenwood, author of It Sounded Better in My Head. She was delightfully generous with the teens, talking to them about different designs of the US cover and asking them which they preferred. She talked about the discipline needed to actually finish a novel (as opposed to just starting one) and gave plenty of tips on how to become a bett…

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Mark’s Say: September 2019

by Mark Rubbo

My father was a scientist and head of the University of Melbourne’s Department of Bacteriology, affectionately known as ‘The Bug School’. It was located in an old building on Swanston Street (now the Ian Potter Museum of Art). He assembled around him a dedicated and, from memory, eccentric, team. It included Holocaust survivors, Nobel Prize winners, and aspiring musicians. For us kids, visits wer…

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The best new crime reads in September

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH The Godmother by Hannelore Cayre

This striking little oddity comes with a hefty dose of French fame – it won the European Crime Fiction Prize, the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, and has been made into a film starring one of the most perfectly French actresses around – Isabelle Huppert. Hannelore Cayre is a writer and a director, but most importantly, she is als…

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Dear Reader, September 2019

by Alison Huber

Deborah Levy is a favourite author of many of our staff. Her last two books (the novel, Hot Milk (2016) and the memoir, The Cost of Living (2018)) both featured on Readings’ ‘best of the year’ lists, which are compiled from staff votes. It might be presumptuous to suggest so at this early stage, but I foresee The Man Who Saw Everything (Levy’s new novel and our Fiction Book of the Month) making i…

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