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Our 2020 Christmas gift guide round-up

In the lead-up to Christmas 2020, we’ll be sharing a host of a range of carefully curated gift guides featuring hand-picked recommendations from our staff. Keep an eye on this page as we’ll be adding to our list throughout the coming weeks.

Plus – make sure you check out the books featured in our annual Summer Reading Guide to find even more gift-buying (and your own holiday reading!) inspiratio…

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What we’re reading: Lockwood, Jackson & Offill

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. Lian Hingee is reading Priestdaddy by Patricia Lockwood

Patricia Lockwood’s book Priestdaddy is a favourite of our booksellers and often appears on our blog as a recommended read. I don’t read much memoir myself so it’s always passed me by, b…

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Our 2020 Christmas Gift Guide: The ethical & sustainable edition

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Here are some gift ideas for those who want to shop more sustainably or ethically this festive season. And you can find even more suggestions by browsing the collections below. Ideas to inspire action against the climate crisis First published in 2017, Call of the Reed Warbler attract…

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Elizabeth Tan wins the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2020

by Joe Rubbo

It is a great pleasure to announce Elizabeth Tan’s Smart Ovens for Lonely People as the 2020 winner of The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. This is a truly exciting work; Tan’s stories push the form, and offer a quixotic but penetrating look into our contemporary life. Her collection stood out to the judges for its originality, its clear and concise writing, and its humour – Smart Ovens

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We love this Australian fiction debut

Every now and then we get our hands on a book that gets everyone at Readings talking. And this month, that book is Lucky’s, a breakout debut novel from Sydney writer Andrew Pippos. Read on for our booksellers' testimonials about why you should be reading – and talking about – this novel too.

“Funny, relevant, tragic and engaging are all words which spring to mind when I think about this deligh…

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Our 2020 Christmas Gift Guide: The friends & family edition

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Gifts to make someone feel happy… Yotam Ottolgenghi continues to work magic in the kitchen with Ottolenghi FLAVOUR, co-written with cook and recipe developer Ixta Belfrage. Featuring sections on different cooking techniques and one on mushrooms (!), as well as an index of sauces and ot…

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We’d love to welcome you back to Readings with a free book

To celebrate the reopening of our stores and to thank our customers for their wonderful support during lockdown, we are giving away free books! We repeat, free books!

Starting on Wednesday 28 October, every customer who spends $30 or more will be offered a free copy of either The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen or If This Is A Man / The Truce by Primo Levi.

Both these titles are part of the H…

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Our shops are open again!

Welcome back Melbourne!! We’ve missed you!

As of Wednesday 28 October, we will be reopening our Carlton, Kids, Doncaster, Hawthorn, Malvern, and St Kilda shops. Unfortunately, our State Library shop will need to remain closed a while longer.

To find opening hours and more information for each shop, please visit the shops page on our website.

We can’t wait to have in-person conversations with …

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