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A monthly update from our Teen Advisory Board

by Angela Crocombe

It was the second meeting for our new Teen Advisory Board and everyone was enthusiastic and keen to talk about books.

This month we enjoyed a visit from Mira Schlosberg, the editor of Voiceworks, who told us all about the magazine and the work they do. The publication’s objective is to support and nurture young writers, editors and illustrators. People under the age of 25 can submit a piece to o…

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Our children’s & YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

Lord of the Fleas (The Adventures of Dog Man Book 5) by Dav Pilkey Pig the Grub by Aaron Blabey Splashy Weird! (WeirDo Book 11) by Anh Do & Jules Faber The 104-Storey Treehouse (Book 8) by Andy Griffiths & Terry Denton Cicada by Shaun Tan Real Pigeons Fight Crime by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood Amelia Westlake by Erin Gough Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo Hi

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The Ned Kelly Awards winners 2018

Congratulations to the 2018 winners of the Ned Kelly Awards for the best in Australian crime writing. Best Fiction Crossing the Lines by Sulari Gentill

Mystery writer Madeleine d'Leon is working on a new story featuring her beloved protagonist, literary writer Ned McGinnity, who in turn, happens to be writing a story about Madeleine. As Ned and Madeleine play out their own lives while writ…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Less by Andrew Sean Greer Family by Hetty McKinnon One Hundred Years of Dirt by Rick Morton Dark Emu (New edition) by Bruce Pascoe Warlight by Michael Ondaatje No Friend But the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani (translated by Omid Tofighian) The Football Solution by George Megalogenis The Barefoot Investor (2018 updated edition) by Scott Pape The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson Too M

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Michelle de Kretser wins the 2018 Miles Franklin Literary Award

Michelle de Kretser has been named the winner of this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award for her sixth work of fiction, The Life to Come. This is the second time that de Kretser has won this prestigious award.

Set over Sydney, Paris and Sri Lanka, The Life to Come is a dazzling meditation on intimacy, loneliness and our flawed perception of other people. In its pages we meet a cast of flawed, …

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Mark’s Say, September 2018

by Mark Rubbo

The cover of this month’s Readings Monthly features a picture of my son Joe and me in our newly refurbished Carlton shop, which Joe manages. It made me think of my own father, who’d died when I was 20 and had never been able to see a glimpse of what I would become; all he’d seen was a rather confused uni student who’d just failed his first year of medicine and was embarking on an arts degree (whi…

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What we’re reading: Liane Moriarty, Sarah Selecky & Rachael Brown

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 Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty (available 18 September)

I was extremely excited last week to get my hands on an early copy of Liane Moriarty’s forthcoming novel. A group of strangers attend a wellness retreat where they find …

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Dear Reader, September 2018

by Alison Huber

In the month that we reveal the brilliantly eclectic shortlist for this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction, it is entirely appropriate that the 2015 recipient of that same prize should be publishing a new novel. Indeed, there could be no better Fiction Book of the Month than Man Out of Time, the new work from Stephanie Bishop. Bishop is a superb writer – one of our best. Bishop has …

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Q&A with Stephanie Bishop

by Chris Gordon

In 2015, Stephanie Bishop was named the winner of the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction for her stunning second novel, The Other Side of the World. We’re thrilled that her new book, Man Out of Time, has arrived on our shelves. Events manager Chris Gordon chats with Bishop about her inspiration behind the book and how her writing process works. We are so thrilled that your third novel …

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We test out recipes from Family by Hetty McKinnon

Earlier this week we roadtested different recipes from Hetty McKinnon’s brand-new cookbook, Family, which featuring simple, mouthwatering recipes passed down through generations and shared among family and friends. We invited Hetty to come in and select the best one! Here are the results… Ellen Cregan made ‘Sushi Salad’ (pg. 68):

This recipe appealed to me because it uses edamame and avoca…

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