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

Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle, Book 2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks When It Drops by Alex Dyson Slime by David Walliams & Tony Ross Bluey: Time to Play! Real Pigeons Peck Punches (Real Pigeons, Book 5) by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood Landing with Wings by Trace Balla Dawn of the Underlord (The Bad Guys, Book 11) by Aaron Blabey Sherlock Bones and th

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Phosphorescence by Julia Baird A Bigger Picture by Malcolm Turnbull Normal People by Sally Rooney The Adversary by Ronnie Scott The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel After Australia edited by Michael Mohammed Ahmad (available 26 May) Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo The Loudness of Unsaid Things by Hil…

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The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists for 2020

Three emerging Australian writers have been named The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists for 2020. Congratulations to Josephine Rowe, Alice Bishop and Joey Bui!

Here are our bookseller recommendations for each of their books.

Here Until August by Josephine Rowe

‘A beautifully crafted collection that leaves the reader breathless with its beauty. Every sentence in this boo…

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Books we’ve always pretended to have read…

It is a sad and inescapable reality of working at a bookshop that one can not read every book that comes through the door. At times, we simply must resort to handselling titles based on what we’ve heard from others, instead of our own first-hand experiences. With Covid-19 causing Readings to temporarily close the doors of our physical shops, a number of our booksellers have been home, self-isola…

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Chris Gordon’s self-isolation cooking diary: Week 6

by Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon is our events and programming manager extraordinaire, as well as our monthly food and gardening columnist. Here is the latest instalment of her self-isolation cooking diary.

What have I learned this week?

Making sourdough bread is not for the faint-hearted – even if you do live in the north. If you haven’t attempted to make it, are you even in lockdown? This process is not somet…

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Recommended kids books in translation

by Leanne Hall

Feeling stuck in a kids book rut? Maybe some translated children’s literature from all over the globe might help. Here are some of our recent favourite kids books in translation. Forever by Beatrice Alemagna

This gorgeous, simple and very comforting picture book explores how things are always changing and moving, and nothing stays the same forever. Tears dry up, sleep ends, birds and music …

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Kay Kerr reflects on autism & writing

Kay Kerr’s debut novel Please Don’t Hug Me depicts life on the cusp of adulthood – and on the autism spectrum. Kerr is a freelance writer and former journalist and community newspaper editor from Queensland. She was writing the first draft of Please Don’t Hug Me when she received her own autism-spectrum diagnosis.

If I were asked to name my most life-changing moment, it wouldn’t be my book dea…

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Book recommendations from the Victorian Women’s Trust

We asked the team at Victorian Women’s Trust to share what they’ve been reading in isolation. Here’s what they said. From the Edge: Australia’s Lost Histories by Mark McKenna

“If there remains any need to drive the last nail in the coffin of terra nullius, this is it, with riveting historical accounts of overlooked or forgotten encounters between Indigenous people and White Europeans.”


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Book recommendations from the EWF programming team

The team at Emerging Writers’ Festival have been spending their time looking after their houseplants, planning their entirely online festival for 2020 and of course, reading. Here’s what they’ve been sinking their teeth into during isolation.

“Carmen Maria Machado is such an awe-inspiring (and I usually hate that phrase!) writer and her experimentation with form is chef’s kiss. She’s probably …

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Our top picks for book clubs this month

For bookclubs who remember Melbourne’s post-punk yesteryear… Almost a Mirror by Kirsten Krauth

Mona, Benny and Jimmy are drawn into the elegantly wasted orbit of the Crystal Ballroom and the post-punk scene of ‘80s Melbourne, a world that includes Nick Cave and Dodge, a photographer pushing his art to the edge. As it moves between the Blue Mountains and Melbourne, Sydney and Castlemaine, Almo

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