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Recommended children’s books and news for April

We are excited about a new series of chapter books for early readers that celebrate diverse Australian voices. We’re so excited about it, in fact, we made the debut title, Maku, our Book of the Month. It’s a wonderful, heartwarming story that we highly recommend.

We’re also showcasing some beautiful picture books, a new book by funny guy, Matt Stanton, a historical fiction title about women foo…

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Recommended YA books and news for April

The new releases are coming thick and fast this month, just in time for the school holidays! Our book of the month is the debut young adult novel by a past winner of our Readings Prize for Kids, Carly Nugent. She has written a powerful contemporary novel about a young woman living with diabetes who is grieving for her father and trying to uncover a local mystery.

We also have an incredible coll…

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Our books of the month, April 2022

OUR FICTION BOOK OF THE MONTH The Candy House by Jennifer Egan

Reviewed by Tristen Brudy, bookseller at Readings Carlton

Egan proved with Goon Squad that she was at the vanguard of the future of fiction. The Candy House shows she isn’t ready to give up that position any time soon.

The Candy House opens in New York City with Bix Bouton, a character we only glimpsed briefly in Goon Squad. I…

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Clunes Booktown Festival is back!

by Angela Crocombe

We are excited to be returning to Clunes this year for the Booktown Festival on the weekend of 30 April – 1 May.

The festival celebrates books and authors, taking over the historic buildings and wide streets of this tiny town in the Goldfields, just under two hours from Melbourne.

We’ll be on hand with a large marquee featuring books from the authors appearing at the festival and hosting aut…

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The best new crime reads in April

by Julia Jackson

Daughters of Eve by Nina D. Campbell

In Sydney one bright clear day, a high-profile barrister is publicly gunned down on the courthouse steps. Not long after, another bloke in Melbourne suffers the same fate, and then another in Sydney. Before long, the violence escalates across Australia and more blokes are dead. Yeah, that’s right, the victims are all men. Empathetic yet steely detective Emi…

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What we’re reading: McGuire, Miller & Li

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. Tracy Hwang is reading Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li

I was lucky enough to have been given an early copy of Portrait of a Thief by Grace D. Li (publishing next week on 12 April), and upon finishing it I felt so grateful to have been able…

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The 2022 International Booker Prize shortlist

The shortlist for this year’s International Booker Prize has been announced!

The International Booker Prize celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world. The prize is awarded every year for a single book that is translated into English and published in the UK or Ireland. It aims to encourage more publishing and reading of quality works of imagination from all o…

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Dear Reader, with Alison Huber

by Alison Huber

Jennifer Egan won the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction (among other awards) for her superb 2010 novel, A Visit from the Goon Squad. It was a runaway staff favourite at Readings that year too, and remains one of our backlist stalwarts. It’s such a good book! So it’s with considerable anticipation that we look forward to having The Candy House in store, our Book of the Month for April. Described in some…

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