Page 405 of our blog posts

Vale Bryce Courtenay

Bestselling Australian novelist Bryce Courtenay passed away at 11:30pm on Thursday 22 November in Canberra. Earlier this year, he posted the following video addressed to his readers.

His publisher Penguin Australia has released a statement following his death.

Born in Johannesburg, Courtenay often spoken of his youth in South Africa as being difficult. He spent time in orphanages, reform s…

Read more ›

The Best Pop CDs of 2012

This year we’ve seen a bumper crop of books, music and film and over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting a series of our favourites, voted for and selected by Readings staff.

Here, our music buyers and reviewers from Readings Monthly share their picks for best pop CDs of 2012.

**Fiona Hardy recommends Sugaring Season by Beth Orton**

This is sun and shadow in music. Orton’s unshakeable pas…

Read more ›

The Best DVDs of 2012

by Gerard Elson

This year we’ve seen a bumper crop of books, music and film and over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting a series of our favourites, voted for and selected by Readings staff.

Here, our film specialist Gerard Elson shares his top ten DVDs of 2012.

*Inner Space: The Complete Series*

Self-styled sub-aquatic adventurers Val and Ron Taylor wrote the book on vanguard underwater photography. In …

Read more ›

Book Industry News Bite

by Mark Rubbo

Amazon is a pretty clever company; you could say it invented online retailing and, in doing so, changed the way people shopped. The Kindle device also changed the way we read. The other thing that it has been really good at is avoiding tax. In the US, it set up in the state of Washington so it could sell to customers in the more populous states tax free, and it’s rumored that founder Jeff Bezos o…

Read more ›

Round-Up of Kids' and YA Books for November

by Emily Gale

Halloween may be a distant, sugary-hazed memory, but the children’s and YA line-up this month has a horrifying theme - from the creepy to the downright silly.

***This Is Not A Test* by Courtney Summers**

It’s the end of the world. Six students have taken cover in Cortege High but shelter is little comfort when the dead outside won’t stop pounding on the doors. One bite is all it takes to k

Read more ›

The Best Young Adult Books of 2012

This year we’ve seen a bumper crop of books, music and film and over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting a series of our favourites, voted for and selected by Readings' staff.

Here our children and YA specialists share their picks for best Young Adult Fiction of 2012.

**Kim Gruschow recommends Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner**

Sally Gardner treats the reader to a remarkable perspective and a…

Read more ›

The Best Picture Books of 2012

This year we’ve seen a bumper crop of books, music and film and over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting a series of our favourites, voted for and selected by Readings' staff.

Here, our children and YA specialists share their picks for the best Picture Books of 2012.

**Emily Gale recommends The Family Hour in Australia by Tai Snaith**

A beautiful book that combines elegant, quirky art wit…

Read more ›

The Best Junior & Middle Fiction of 2012

This year we’ve seen a bumper crop of books, music and film and over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting a series of our favourites, voted for and selected by Readings' staff.

Here, our children and YA specialists share their picks for the best Junior and Middle Fiction of 2012.

JUNIOR FICTION

**Holly Harper recommends The Dragon Prophecy by Geronimo Stilton**

Mouse journalist Geronimo…

Read more ›

The Best Food & Wine Books of 2012

by Chris Gordon

This year we’ve seen a bumper crop of books, music and film and over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting a series of our favourites, voted for and selected by Readings' staff.

Here, our resident foodie, Chris Gordon, shares her favourite food and wine books of 2012.

***Whole Larder Love***
Rohan Anderson

This hip collection of lifestyle ideas and recipes even has a technique for cooking g…

Read more ›

The Best Classical Music of 2012

by Kate Rockstrom & Phil Richards

This year we’ve seen a bumper crop of books, music and film and over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting a series of our favourites, voted for and selected by Readings' staff.

Here classical specialists Kate Rockstrom and Phil Richards share their top ten classical recordings of 2012 - Phil, the top five and Kate the bottom five.

***Italia* by Nicola Benedetti**

On her debut album on the …

Read more ›