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Parents recommend bedtime books for babies & toddlers

In (hopeful!) recognition of World Sleep Day, we’ve asked some of the parents who work at Readings to share their favourite bedtime books for babies and toddlers.

“My daughter was a fairly anxious child and always struggled to separate at bedtime and go to sleep, but she was very resistant to any meditation or calming exercises at any time of the day. Between the ages of 3 and 6 I regularly re…

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What we’re reading: Mantel, Christle & Keyes

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on or the music we’re loving. Tye Cattanach is reading Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

I’ve been lured into what might seem a daunting commitment (so many pages) by my wildly enthusiastic colleagues and my own curiosity. After all, it’s not every day I hear such glowing praise …

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Winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards 2020

The 2020 winners of the National Book Critics Circle (NBCC) awards have been announced. The NBCC honours outstanding writing and fosters a national conversation about reading, criticism and literature.

Here is a complete list of NBCC award winners…

Fiction:
Everything Inside by Edwidge Danticat

Non-fiction:
Say Nothing by Patrick Radden Keefe

Autobiography:
Know My Name by Chanel Miller

Biograp

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Meet the bookseller with Kim Gruschow

by Kim Gruschow

In this month’s Meet the Bookseller column we chat with Kim Gruschow, a buyer and experienced children’s and YA specialist at our St Kilda shop. She chats about the pleasure of translated fiction, the rise of books about climate crisis, and shares who she’d invite to a dinner party – and why. Describe your taste in books.

I like very specific visual catalogues. I like sharp novels that come i…

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A spotlight on Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai

Pie in the Sky by Remy Lai is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Children’s Book Prize. Here’s everything you need to know about this moving novel that incorporates comics in its exploration of grief and immigration.

Pie in the Sky is a fresh, clever and moving story with moments of real heartbreak and humour. The characters are relatable, the family relationships are…

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The Walter Scott Prize longlist 2020

The longlist for the 2020 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction has been announced.

Honouring the achievements of the founding father of the historical novel, the Walter Scott Prize is unique for rewarding writing of exceptional quality which is set in the past – at least 60 years ago.

The full longlist is:

The Narrow Land by Christine Dwyer Hickey The Parisian by Isabella Hammad How We

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11 crime novels to read in March

by Kate McIntosh

Our acting crime columnist Kate McIntosh recommends Dervla McTiernan’s latest and third novel, and ten more crime fiction reads out this month.

The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan

The Rúin, the novel which introduced us to Cormac Reilly, an Irish detective transferred to Galway and handed a cold case which leads him to unexpected places, was my standout crime novel of 2018. The Scholar, rele…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan The Watermill by Arnold Zable Beatrix Bakes by Natalie Paull Growing Pineapples in the Outback by Tony Kelly & Rebecca Lister Party Animals by Samantha Maiden The Salt Madonna by Catherine Noske Trace Elements by Donna Leon She I Dare Not Name by Donna Ward Truganini by Cassandra Pybus

It’s a surprise to no one at all …

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What we’re reading: Collins, Onda & Hardcastle

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on or the music we’re loving. Ellen Cregan is reading The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

The Confessions of Frannie Langton was one of the winning books in this year’s Costa Book Awards. This is a big, intelligent bildungsroman-esque novel set in 1826 Londo…

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