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Toni Jordan on the novels of Madeleine St John

by Toni Jordan

Author Toni Jordan tells us why Madeleine St John’s delicious novels of manners are Australian classics.

I would like to invite Madeleine St John to tea. Or better yet, cocktails. After reading the three of her novels reissued by Text over the past year – The Women in Black, The Essence of the Thing, and A Stairway to Paradise – I feel I know her.

We would meet in a dimly lit bar filled with…

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Readings announces its first Readings Foundation grant recipients

Readings’ Managing Director, Mark Rubbo, has just announced four successful recipients of The Readings Foundation grants.

Rubbo says: ‘We found it extremely difficult to select the projects from such a strong list of applicants. We only wish that we had more money to award more grants.’

The Foundation received 35 diverse applications for funding requests totalling over $500,000. The selection p…

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Announcing the Readings Foundation

Tonight the Readings Foundation is being officially launched by one of the Foundation’s trustees, Helen Garner.

The Readings Foundation will be offering grants of up to $20,000 to projects that support literacy, community work or the arts. Recently established by Readings Managing Director, Mark Rubbo OAM, the Foundation aims to increase and formalise Readings’ ongoing commitment to support the …

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Leanne Hall wins the Text Prize for Young Adult & Children’s Writing

We’re all tremendously proud and excited to announce that Leanne Hall, children’s specialist bookseller at Readings Carlton, has won the 2009 Text Prize for Young Adult and Children’s Writing for her young adult manuscript This is Shyness.

Congratulations to Leanne from all of us.

This is Shyness follows Wolfboy and Wildgirl through one night in Shyness, a city where the sun never rises. On a …

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Readings wins Independent Book Retailer of the Year 2009

Readings Carlton has been announced as the Independent Bookseller of the Year at the 2009 Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIA). Readings represented Victoria in the shortlist that included booksellers from across Australia.

Readings also won the Bookseller Marketing Campaign of the Year for the promotion of Nam Le’s The Boat.

Readings chose The Boat as Australian Book of the Month in June 200…

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Quiche at Carlton

There was certainly something abnormal happening in the Psychoanalysis section of the Carlton shop today.

Yes, that’s a piece of quiche sitting on a display stand next to a book on Freud. Thank you to Readings customer Mary who spotted the quiche and sent in the photo. And double-thanks to the mystery quiche customer who left it there in the first place.

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