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We rave about La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

Our booksellers rave about Philip Pullman’s blistering, brilliant new fantasy adventure, La Belle Sauvage – the first book in The Book of Dust trilogy. Set 10 years before Pullman’s original His Dark Materials trilogy, this thrilling adventure sees two young people embark on a dangerous trip to save a baby named Lyra whose life is under threat by various shadowy forces.

‘Lyra, a baby with mys…

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We chat with Pilgrim Lee about her gorgeous new picture book

by Leanne Hall

Pilgrim Lee is a super-talented designer and illustrator, and she just happens to work at our Readings Kids shop. We chat to her about her debut picture book, The 12 Days of Christmas. How did you approach presenting a traditional Christmas carol in a modern picture book?

Initially the illustrations were just a fun self-initiated project. I’ve always loved the imagery of the song and it seeme…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders Force of Nature by Jane Harper A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey A Season with Richmond by Konrad Marshall The General by Luke Hodge Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly Working Class Man by Jimmy Barnes The Dry by Jane Harper The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson First Person by Richard Flanagan

Our bestselling book of last week is Linc

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Sweet DIY gift ideas for Christmas

by Lian Hingee

It’s always wonderful to receive a handmade gift for Christmas, and if you’re planning to wrap up some home-made pressies for under the tree this year it’s definitely not too soon to start planning. Our range of craft books offer inspiration, tips and techniques for everything from knitting and sewing to woodworking and even taxidermy (if that’s your thing). Find some of our favourites below. …

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100 great reads by Australian women in 2017

Each year we compile a list of 50 great reads by Australian women, originally inspired by the Australian Women Writers Challenge. This year, we’ve been so impressed by what’s on offer that we’ve doubled our list… Here are 100 great reads by Australian women published this year. They are displayed in no particular order and include fiction, biography, poetry, children’s novels, history and more. …

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What we’re reading: Alice Munro, Beau Donelly & Nick Toscano

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. Bel Monypenny is reading Alice Munro for the first time

I’m finally delving into the work of Alice Munro, the Canadian Nobel laureate and master of the short story. I’m starting with Hateship, Friendship, Courtship, Loveship, Marriage and it’s certainly been w…

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Vote for your favourite books, music, film and TV of the year

Every year, we share our picks for the best books, music, film and TV shows of the year, as voted for by our staff (we’ll be announcing the selection for 2017 on Friday 17 November). This year, we also want to know our customers' favourites.

Tell us the best thing you read, watched and listened to this year!

On our voting form, we’re asking for your favourite fiction, non-fiction, young adult, …

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The best new crime releases of the month

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH Little Secrets by Anna Snoekstra

The regional Australian town of Colmstock is rife with desperation. Since the closing of the town’s automotive factory caused the job market to fall apart, much of the population has slumped into misery, including Rose Blakey’s family. Her mother now works at a grim poultry factory that leaves her too exhausted to care properly for Ro…

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Our Christmas opening hours for 2017

Here are the changes to our regular trading hours for each of our seven shops during the Christmas and New Year period. You can view the shop pages here. CARLTON

Monday 4 December – 8am - 11pm
Tuesday 5 December – 8am - 11pm
Wednesday 6 December – 8am - 11pm
Thursday 7 December – 8am - 11pm
Friday 8 December – 8am - 11pm
Saturday 9 December – 8am - 11pm
Sunday 10 December – 9am - 10pm

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