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Meet the bookseller with Bernard Vella

by Bernard Vella

Bernard Vella has worked at Readings for close to 15 years, and managed our Malvern shop for six of those years. We chat with him about the singular pleasures of physical books, and what he likes to read – everything from the classics to books about dinosaurs. What is your favourite part of your job?

That’s easy – looking after our customers. I’d like to think that each of the Readings shops …

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Seven YA books I loved recently

by Leanne Hall

Here are some of my favourite overseas YA reads from this year. I’ve followed my tastes freely and it’s lead me all over the place: dark fairytale, contemporary realism, historical fiction, humour, magic realism and fantasy. (If you’re in the mood for Australian YA, you should definitely work your way through the Readings Young Adult Book Prize shortlist. It contains six very different and equal…

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A spotlight on Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough

Amelia Westlake is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize.

I’ve been thinking a lot lately about hoaxes. My life, for instance. Lately it feels less like a life and more like a joke. Somebody’s practical joke. Don’t get me wrong. It’s nothing I can’t handle. Terrible stuff has been happening to me since I was born. Mum and Dad named me Wilhelmina for a

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The Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals winners 2018

The winners of the 2018 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced!

The Carnegie Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

As of last year, all shortlisted titles a…

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Q&A with chef and author Nancy Singleton Hachisu

by Chris Gordon

Our food and gardening columnist Chris Gordon chats with acclaimed chef and author Nancy Singleton Hachisu about her stunning new cookbook, Japan: The Cookbook, co-written with Jenni Ferrari-Adler. First, congratulations on the success of your beautiful new cookbook. What a treat it is. Did it really take you three years to write and research? Was that because you wanted to include every possi…

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The Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist 2018

Congratulations to the authors shortlisted for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award.

The six shortlisted titles include:

No More Boats by Felicity Castagna (Read our review) The Life to Come by Michelle de Kretser (Read our review) The Last Garden by Eva Hornung (Read our review) Storyland by Catherine McKinnon Border Districts by Gerald Murnane (Read our review) Taboo by Kim Scott (Read

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What we’re reading: Hilary Mantel, Daisy Hirst & Sharlene Teo

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Bronte Coates is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

This past year, I’ve been making efforts to read backlist titles and seek out older books that have been repeatedly recommended to me. My latest pick is a recommendation from my colleague Jan – Wolf Hall, Hil…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

Motherhood by Sheila Heti

Motherhood treats one of the most consequential decisions of adulthood – whether or not to have children – with the intelligence, wit and originality that have won Sheila Heti international acclaim. Having reached an age when most of her peers are asking themselves when they will become mothers, Heti’s narrator considers, with the same urgency, whether she will do so …

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