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The best new cookbooks in October

by Chris Gordon

Our resident foodie Chris Gordon selects eight new cookbooks to inspire you in the kitchen this month. The Cook’s Apprentice: Tips, Techniques and Recipes for New Foodies by Stephanie Alexander

This informative book is full to the brim with everything new ‘foodies’ need to know to become relaxed and confident in the kitchen. I would buy this book for kids who are watching food shows, smelli…

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Winners of the 2018 Inky Awards

The Centre for Youth Literature has announced the winners of the 2018 Inky Awards!

The Inky Awards recognise high-quality young adult literature, with the shortlist selected by young adults, and the winners voted for online by teens. There are two awards: the Gold Inky Award for an Australian book, and the Silver Inky Award for an international book.

Gold Inky Award

The Gold Inky Award w…

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

Tales from the Inner City by Shaun Tan The Bad Guys Episode 8: Superbad by Aaron Blabey What the Woods Keep by Katya de Becerra Flying Ninja! (Ninja Kid Book 2) by Anh Do & Jeremy Ley Lord of the Fleas (The Adventures of Dog Man Book 5) by Dav Pilkey Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks & Quinton Winter Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli & Francesca Cavallo To

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Special offers at Readings in October

Throughout the month of October, we have three special offers to tempt both book and music lovers. 25% off Lonely Planet Travel Guides

What better time than Spring to begin planning for your next travel adventure? Luckily, the Readings Lonely Planet sale is on again, with 25% off all Lonely Planet titles. Whatever your travel style and whether you’re planning to visit Japan, Sri Lanka or Ne

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Mark’s Say, October 2018

by Mark Rubbo

Victoria’s State Library is undergoing a massive transformation with internal spaces being reconfigured and others reopened and repurposed, including the glorious Queens Hall. The design of the refurbishment is a collaboration between Australasian design firm Architectus and Scandinavia’s Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects. The first stage of the redevelopment was completed in late September with t…

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Dear Reader, October 2018

by Alison Huber

Haruki Murakami made headlines this September, choosing to withdraw himself from contention for the New Academy Prize for Literature, the Swedish award set up as the alternative to the 2018 Nobel Prize in Literature while the old academy regroups following scandals revealed earlier in the year. Murakami is making good on that old acceptance speech adage that ‘it’s an honour just to be nominated’;…

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What we’re reading: Dervla McTiernan, Anna Burns & Adam Liaw

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. Paul Barr is listening to Lanterns by Ryan Ayers

Former classical guitarist Ryan Ayers has picked up a steel string guitar to great effect on Lanterns. Ayers has a gift for melody and unlike a lot of the current crop of acoustic players, his music has echoes o…

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12 terrific picture books from July to September

by Bronte Coates

Picture book lover Bronte Coates shares 12 of her the best new picture books from the past three months. You can find more of her favourites from 2018 here and here. Cicada by Shaun Tan

Cicada is another masterful work from Shaun Tan – a stunningly illustrated story of transformation. Tan imagines the eponymous cicada as an unappreciated, abused office worker. There are echoes of the refuge…

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A monthly update from our Teen Advisory Board

by Angela Crocombe

This month the teens were fortunate to have a visit from debut YA author, Eleni Hale, who spoke about her novel Stone Girl, published in May earlier this year.

Stone Girl is the story of a young girl, Sophie, whose mother tragically dies when she is only thirteen. Sophie has no choice but to enter the foster system in Melbourne. We see her transform, due to her terrible experiences, from an inno…

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