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Season of the witch: A reading list of books featuring witches and witchcraft

The witch: a figure of feminine power and independence, but also a target of social ostracism and persecution. While witches have always been mainstays of children’s fiction – as the likes of Harry Potter and The Worst Witch can attest – it’s not surprising that this current political moment has seen a resurgence of books about witches and other magical women who create meaningful and powerful co…

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What we’re reading: Johnson, Jameson, Gooch and Oh

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. George Delaney is reading The Breakaways by Cathy G. Johnson

I’m really excited about The Breakaways by Cathy G. Johnson, a graphic novel for tween readers about a motley crew of very un-sporty kids in a C-Grade American High School soccer team. It’s a sweet s…

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Winners of the National Book Critics Circle Awards 2018

The 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 the complete list of NBCC award winners, which were chosen from shortlists announced in January. The 2018 awards are open to books published in the US in 2018.

Fiction Milkman by Anna Burns…

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The Man Booker International Prize longlist 2019

The Man Booker International Prize has revealed the ‘Man Booker Dozen’ of 13 novels in contention for the 2019 prize, which celebrates the finest works of translated fiction from around the world.

The Man Booker International Prize is awarded every year for a single book, which is translated into English and published in the UK. Both novels and short-story collections are eligible. The work of t…

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Travel the world through kids graphic novels

by Leanne Hall

Graphic novels are more popular than ever with young readers, and the growing selection of titles includes translated works and stories set in far-flung places. Take a trip around the globe by reading some of our favourite graphic novels for kids. A Different Pond by Bao Phi & Thi Bui

A father and child go on an early morning Minneapolis fishing trip in this simple and affecting story by ac…

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We try reducing our household waste with tips from A Family Guide to Waste-Free Living

Over the past few weeks, Readings staff have been road testing different projects, recipes and tips from Lauren and Oberon Carter’s new DIY guide to reducing personal waste, A Family Guide to Waste-Free Living. Here are our staff’s takeaways from their new projects… Ellen Cregan tried minimising her plastic food storage.

I am forever hoarding glass jars in my kitchen and using them for all s…

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Q&A with Serina Bird, author of The Joyful Frugalista

Serina Bird, author of The Joyful Frugalista, chats to events and programming manager Chris Gordon about her tips for ‘mindful frugality’ and the environmental benefits of being budget-conscious. Serina, you are the godmother of the frugal movement. I know you say over and over again that saving money, or at least being mindful about money, is fun. Is it? Is making your own milo (impressive re…

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A spotlight on The Orchard Underground

The Orchard Underground 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 funny and heartwarming caper.

‘Pri Kohli is “The Face” of the overly planned town of Dunn’s Orchard, appearing on billboards, TV ads and at events lauding the benefits of its manicured and controlled lifestyle. When precocious new girl Attic…

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An update from the Readings Foundation

by Gabrielle Williams

Established in 2009, the Readings Foundation assists Victorian organisations that support the development of literacy, community integration and the arts. Grants officer Gabrielle Williams talks to Readings managing director Mark Rubbo about the importance of giving back to the community.

Bookshops have long been associated with social justice, and Readings is committed to walking that walk of…

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The Walter Scott Prize longlist 2019

The longlist for the 2019 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction has been announced.

Honouring the achievements of the founding father of the historical novel, the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction is unique for rewarding writing of exceptional quality which is set in the past. With a total value of £30,000, it is one of the most prestigious literary prizes in the world.

Among the t…

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