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Meet the bookseller with Fiona Hardy

Fiona Hardy is a woman of many talents: bookseller, Readings Monthly’s crime fiction columnist, co-host of the Readings podcast episodes Good Cop, Bad Cop and the soon-to-be published author of the eagerly anticipated middle-grade novel How to Make a Movie in Twelve Days, (available September). In what little spare time she has, she also blogs about children’s books at Fiona The Hardy. Here she …

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Vale Les Murray

Celebrated Australian poet Les Murray has passed away aged 80.

We were deeply saddened to hear the news of Les Murray’s death late yesterday afternoon. Murray was a leading figure of Australian literature, and leaves behind a towering legacy of award-winning and widely acclaimed writing that made him one of this country’s most successful and renowned contemporary poets.

Our Managing Director Ma…

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The Women’s Prize for Fiction shortlist 2019

The shortlist for the 2019 Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced. This Prize celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world.

Kate Williams, Chair of the judging panel, described the books as: ‘fiction at its best – brilliant, courageous and utterly captivating … We fell totally in love with these books and the amazing worlds they created.…

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What we’re reading: London, Tokyo and Greece

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. Lian Hingee is reading The Flatshare by Beth O'Leary

I’ve just finished reading The Flatshare by debut writer Beth O’Leary. Set in London, it’s the story of Tiffy Moore – a poorly-paid editorial assistant with a dreadful ex-boyfriend – who answers an advertise…

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Four cookbooks to inspire you in May

by Chris Gordon

From beginners to foodies, from familiar flavours to new tastes, our food and gardening columnist Chris Gordon rounds up the cookbooks this month that will inspire you in the kitchen. Good Food: Favourite Recipes edited by Ardyn Bernoth

This wonderful collection contains over 100 recipes chosen by Good Food editor Ardyn Bernoth that have been brought together from wonderful Australian chefs…

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Come visit us at Clunes Booktown Festival 2019

The autumnal chill has well and truly settled into the Victorian mornings, which means that it’s time for the annual Clunes Booktown Festival!

For two days each year, the town of Clunes becomes home to the largest collection of new, second-hand, rare and out-of-print small-press publications and collectible books in Australia. Readings will be hosting two stalls at this year’s festival, along wi…

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All the feelings: Great books that will make you cry

There’s something deeply cathartic about reading a truly moving book – whether it’s the slow release of repressed emotion that culminates in a flood of tears by the book’s end, or the sharp stab of a single beautiful line that suddenly has you welling up out of nowhere. For those looking to be buried in an avalanche of feelings (and watching Game of Thrones or Avengers: Endgame wasn’t enough for…

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Fantastic Australian middle fiction that brings history to life

by Leanne Hall

There has been a wealth of fantastic middle grade novels by Australian authors recently that focus on time periods from prehistory, all the way through to recent history. While wars often feature as a backdrop, these recent books prove historical fiction for kids aged 8-12 years is incredibly diverse, depicting young characters amid events such as cataclysmic fires, space race milestones and anc…

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