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Our top music selections of the year so far

We’re at the halfway point through the year (if you can believe it), so we had a chat to some of our wonderful music staff about the new releases they’ve really enjoyed and would most recommend so far this year. Alexandra Mathew, classical music specialist, Readings Carlton and Readings State Library Marina Thibeault and Marie-Ève Scarfone – Elles

To coincide with International Women’s D…

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Meet the bookseller with Sam Kelly

Sam Kelly is a bookseller at Readings Doncaster and the spark that drives the Doncaster middle fiction book club. Here, she chats about the favourite parts of her job, books that have changed the way she thinks, and what’s on her reading pile right now. Sam also runs the website Retrieve-a-Book, where she posts young adult and middle-fiction book news, reviews and recommendations. What is you…

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Event: Erik Jensen in conversation with Chloe Hooper

We are delighted to have The Saturday Paper’s Erik Jensen joining us to discuss with Chloe Hooper his long-form journalism in Quarterly Essay 74: The Prosperity Gospel – How Scott Morrison Won and Bill Shorten Lost, a dazzling and insightful look at the federal election, built from pen portraits and reports from the campaign trail. In Quarterly Essay 74, Erik Jensen considers what went wrong f…

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What We’re Reading: Price, Pleitez and Awad

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.

Julia Jackson is reading What Red Was by Rosie Price

Look out world! Rosie Price has landed! Her debut novel, What Red Was, is an assured piece of writing. While she appears to enter familiar territory with Kate and Max’s close friendship, echoing the friends…

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Sunday night in front of the telly

Flick on the heater, draw the curtains and brew yourself a pot of tea. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite new film and TV releases to DVD with which to curl up on a Sunday night in front of the telly. FILM If Beale Street Could Talk

Based on the book of the same name by James Baldwin, If Beale Street Could Talk is a heartbreaking love story set in Harlem in the era of Ray Charles and…

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Five YA fantasy books that explore diverse mythologies

by Leanne Hall

In advance of our event next week with bestselling YA fantasy author Julie Kagawa and local legend Rebecca Lim, we highlight some of the best recent YA releases that draw on mythologies from around the world.

Shadow of the Fox by Julie Kagawa

A naive and mysterious fox spirit and a highly-trained assassin come together in this epic fantasy adventure set in an alternate Japan. Spirited and …

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Here’s what our booksellers think of a Normal People adaptation

It was recently announced that everyone’s favourite book, Normal People by Sally Rooney, is being adapted into a TV show for the BBC. This has produced mixed responses around the office – some of us have said, ‘Oh, yes!’, and some of us have said ‘Oh, no!’

Normal People is Sally Rooney’s second novel in a literary career sparked by the outstanding Conversations with Friends. Normal People is a f…

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In praise of trying

by Poppy Nwosu

Poppy Nwosu is one of six authors shortlisted for the 2019 Readings Young Adult Book Prize for her teen romance and coming-of-age novel Making Friends with Alice Dyson. In this guest post, she shares her insights on trying new things, both in life and in young adult fiction.

In a world where irony rules, the bravery of trying new things should be celebrated – regardless of how things work out

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