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The best new crime reads in September

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH The Godmother by Hannelore Cayre

This striking little oddity comes with a hefty dose of French fame – it won the European Crime Fiction Prize, the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, and has been made into a film starring one of the most perfectly French actresses around – Isabelle Huppert. Hannelore Cayre is a writer and a director, but most importantly, she is als…

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Mark’s Say: September 2019

by Mark Rubbo

My father was a scientist and head of the University of Melbourne’s Department of Bacteriology, affectionately known as ‘The Bug School’. It was located in an old building on Swanston Street (now the Ian Potter Museum of Art). He assembled around him a dedicated and, from memory, eccentric, team. It included Holocaust survivors, Nobel Prize winners, and aspiring musicians. For us kids, visits wer…

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What We’re Reading: Flook, Reeve and Spoon

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. Paul Barr is listening to Ancora by Flook

This dynamic Anglo Irish band have not had a release since Haven in 2005. It’s now 2019 and they are back with a vengeance. All the original members are here. The flute/whistle playing is as wild as ever and the powerf…

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Dear Reader, September 2019

by Alison Huber

Deborah Levy is a favourite author of many of our staff. Her last two books (the novel, Hot Milk (2016) and the memoir, The Cost of Living (2018)) both featured on Readings’ ‘best of the year’ lists, which are compiled from staff votes. It might be presumptuous to suggest so at this early stage, but I foresee The Man Who Saw Everything (Levy’s new novel and our Fiction Book of the Month) making i…

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Books to inspire young creatives

by Leanne Hall

Do you have a pint-sized writer, designer, filmmaker, musician, artist or all-round imaginative powerhouse in your life? Here are some great books that celebrate young creatives. And don’t forget to browse our full list of suggested books to inspire young creatives. YOUNG ARTISTS

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Vashti is disconsolate after an art class, feeling that she can’t draw, but wh…

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Our staff love How to Make a Movie in 12 Days

Twelve days. Five kids. Many special effects. One giant mystery. How to Make a Movie in 12 Days is a delightfully charming love song to movies, friendship and summer holidays, penned by Readings' own bookseller and crime specialist, Fiona Hardy. If you needed any more persuading (you totally don’t), read on for some of our staff members' thoughts on this wonderful novel for kids aged 9+.

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Recommended reads from the contributors of Growing Up Queer in Australia

Compiled by celebrated author and journalist Benjamin Law, Growing Up Queer in Australia assembles voices from across the spectrum of LGBTIQA+ identity. Spanning diverse places, eras, genders, ethnicities and experiences, these are the stories of growing up queer in Australia.

We’ve asked some of these wonderful contributors, and some of our wonderful booksellers, to share the LGBTIQ+/queer read…

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The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist 2019

by Alison Huber

It has been a privilege to judge this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction during our 50th Birthday year. I would conjecture that no one in Australia other than the annual judging panel reads this group of books together – all the eligible first and second novels or short story collections from Australian authors in a year period (amounting this round to nearly fifty works) – and so i…

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