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A spotlight on Ghost Bird by Lisa Fuller

Ghost Bird is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Young Adult Book Prize.

Stacey and Laney are twins, yet they could not be more different from one another. Stacey works hard at school; Laney skips school and sneaks out to meet her boyfriend. But when Laney disappears one night, Stacey refuses to believe, as most of the townsfolk do, that Laney has just run away with her …

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Our children’s & YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

Welcome To Country by Aunty Joy Murphy & Lisa Kennedy Finding Our Heart by Thomas Mayor & Blak Douglas The Ballad of Songbirds and Snakes by Suzanne Collins Young Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Respect by Aunty Fay Muir, Sue Lawson & Lisa Kennedy Bluey: Big Backyard Bluey: Bob Bilby Greta Thunberg (Little People, Big Dreams) by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara & Anke Weckmann Please Don’t Hug Me by Kay Ker…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Phosphorescence by Julia Baird Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Growing Up Aboriginal in Australia edited by Anita Heiss After Australia edited by Michael Mohammed Ahmad Me and White Supremacy by Layla F Saad The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams The Yield by Tara June Winch Beatrix Bakes by Natalie Paull Normal People by Sally Rooney

Julia Baird tops o…

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Alison Huber is a finalist for Bookseller of the Year 2020

We’re delighted that our Book Division Manager Alison Huber has been shortlisted for this year’s ABA Bookseller of the Year Awards. These awards recognise booksellers for their performance within their own bookshops, along with their achievements within the book industry and throughout their local community.

Huber, who has worked at Readings for 17 years, is a finalist for the ABA Text Publ…

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What we’re reading: Paull, Robinson & 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. Chris Somerville is reading Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life by Yiyun Li

Yiyun Li’s short collection of essays blends her interests in reading and writing with memoir. The book moves easily between discussions of, say, th…

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Six books for millennial readers

Millennials are well-represented in contemporary books, as both authors and fictional characters. Here are some of our best picks that represent the search for self and longing for stability that are characteristic of this generation.

Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid

Emira Tucker is an African-American college graduate trying to figure out her future while babysitting white speaker/entrepreneu…

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Six books for Gen Z readers

Gen Z are voracious content consumers, and yes, many of them really do still love and read print books. Here are some of our best picks for books that feature vital young voices, and foreground the concerns of a generation facing a challenging future.

Homeland Calling by Desert Pea Media & Ellen van Neerven (editor)

Homeland Calling is a collection of poems created from hip-hop song lyrics…

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Funny books for beginner readers

by Leanne Hall

Working towards independent reading can be slow and painstaking work. Beginner books with silly characters, outlandish scenarios, funny dialogue, and comic illustrations can help create enthusiastic and entertained readers. Here are some of the recent junior fiction books for readers aged 6-8 years that made us laugh.

Timmy the Ticked-Off Pony and the Poo of Excitement by Magda Szubanski &…

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The Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals winners 2020

The winners of the 2020 CILIP Carnegie and Kate Greenaway Medals have been announced!

The Carnegie Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. The Kate Greenaway Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book in terms of illustration for children and young people.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal has been awa…

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The Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist 2020

Congratulations to the authors shortlisted for this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award.

The six shortlisted titles are…

The White Girl by Tony Birch (Read our review) Islands by Peggy Frew (Read our review) No One by John Hughes The Returns by Philip Salom (Read our review) Exploded View by Carrie Tiffany (Read our review) The Yield by Tara June Winch (Read our review)

Richard Neville, Mit…

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