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Round-up of September Kids' and Young Adult Books

by Emily Gale

Taking us from teeming cities to abandoned country towns, all the books in this month’s round-up have a fantastic sense of place.

Peggy lives in a small house in a quiet street…

Melbourne artist Anna Walker - whose illustrations won everyone over in All Through the Year and Little Cat and the Big Red Bus - is back with Peggy, a book I challenge you not to find completely lovable even if, l…

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The Story of My Book: Vikki Wakefield on Friday Brown

Vikki Wakefield talks about the process of writing her Young Adult novel, Friday Brown.

‘They call me Friday. It has been foretold that on a Saturday I will drown…’

Seventeen-year-old Friday Brown is on the run, trying to escape memories of her mother and the family curse. She befriends Silence, a strange boy with a troubled past. But it is the charismatic Arden who will challenge Friday i

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Fabulous Classical Box Set Sale

by Kate Rockstrom

It’s that time of the year again - the Readings fabulous Classical Box Set Sale has begun!

Every year in September we offer some amazing discounts on box sets of all types of classical music. There are recordings for everyone here but if you’re new to classical music you might want to start with the Famous Composers Box featuring some of the best works ever written in the genre of classical musi…

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John Button Prize Winners 2012

Andrew Charlton has won the John Button Prize for 2012 with his Quarterly Essay on climate change, Man-Made World: Choosing between progress and planet.

A big congratulations to the winners for 2012. This annual award recognises the best writing on policy and politics in Australia.

Andrew Charlton, a senior economic adviser to former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd, was named the winner of the John …

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Australian Ebook Sale - On Now!

by Andrew McDonald

We’re very pleased to have lots of ebooks by local authors available for just $9.99 each (and sometimes less!) as part of our Australian Ebook Sale.

Check out the latest Aussie reads like Benjamin Law’s fascinating Gaysia: Adventures in the Queer East and Jacinta Halloran’s beautiful novel Pilgrimage.

Or catch-up on some recent prize-winning books like Paul D.Carter’s Vogel-winning Eleven Seas

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Ask a Bookseller: What books can I give a teenage reluctant reader?

by Holly Harper

This week one of our children’s specialists, Holly Harper, recommends page-turners that teens will love.

‘My teenager loves video games but has stopped reading. Which authors will get them interested in books again?’

Books have a lot to compete with but all the things your teenager loves about video games - action, horror, end-of-the-world drama - can be found in this selection:

The De

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Deborah Robertson talks with Amy Espeseth about Sufficient Grace

by Deborah Robertson

Amy Espeseth chats with Deborah Robertson about her debut novel, Sufficient Grace, a haunting tale of faith and violence in a closed-off, deeply religious world.

From the moment the terrorist attacks on New York’s World Trade Center set the climate for the new century, the West has been analysing Islamic fundamentalism. But what do we really know of fundamentalist Christian faiths? How well do…

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Indigenous Australian Fiction Comes to McSweeney’s

by Andrew McDonald

The latest issue of McSweeney’s Quarterly Journal features a special section of stories by indigenous Australian writers.

The publication of a new edition of McSweeney’s – the quarterly journal produced by Dave Eggers’s indie publishing house in the US – is always a cause for celebration. And with the release of McSweeney’s Issue 41 this month we have an extra reason to celebrate, as it inc…

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Ned Kelly Award Winners 2012 Announced

The winning books for the Ned Kelly Awards, recognising Australian crime writing, have been released.

The Ned Kelly Awards celebrate the best Australian crime writing and the winning titles were announced last night at the Melbourne Writers Festival.

Peter Twohig’s The Cartographer about a young boy mapping crime in Melbourne was awarded the prize for Best First Crime Fiction while Eamonn …

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Round-Up of September New Release Books

by Martin Shaw

Our head book buyer Martin Shaw looks at new releases out this month.

This is the sort of month where you could read every day and still have a raft of books left over that you’d be desperate to get to. I often think of my job as working in a lolly store, and this September is indeed a veritable Fifty Shades of Lindt.

So bear with my sugar high (and pardon the pun) but as with any new Ian M…

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