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ALS Gold Medal 2019 shortlist

The Australian Literature Society (ALS) Gold Medal is awarded annually for an outstanding literary work published in the preceding year.

Here are the shortlisted books for 2019:

Aqua Spinach by Luke Beesley Beautiful Revolutionary by Laura Elizabeth Woollett Click here for what we do by Pam Brown False Claims of Colonial Thieves by Charmaine Papertalk Green and John Kinsella Pink Mountain o

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Opera and ballet DVD sale

To celebrate the 2019 opera and ballet season, Readings is offering up to 40% off a wide range of opera and ballet DVDs. Titles include operas from Wagner and Mozart, ballets from Tchaikovsky and a host more. Peruse the collection below for some of our highlights, and visit us in-store for more details.

This offer is available online and at all Readings shops (except Readings Kids and Readings S…

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More book recommendations for people who find Mother’s Day hard

Mother’s Day is just around the corner and while some families are planning things such as a special breakfast, a thoughtful gift or a day out, for others, Mother’s Day can be a challenging time. In the past few years we’ve put together a post of reading recommendations for people who, for whatever reason, may find this day a difficult one. You can view the original post here and our updated rec…

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An update from the Doncaster Middle Fiction Book Club

by Sam Kelly

Last month, Readings Doncaster launched its first ever Middle Fiction Book Club, and was met with enthusiasm from young readers and parents alike. Our Doncaster bookseller Sam Kelly gives us a taste of what the fortnightly book club entails, and looks ahead at what’s to come.

With half the session of our inaugural term complete, it is safe to say the Doncaster Middle Fiction Book Club is a hi…

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The best new crime reads in May

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep

Harper Lee – author of the slightly well known To Kill a Mockingbird – was by Truman Capote’s side when he wrote the brilliant work of fictionalised nonfiction, and arguably the first ‘true crime’ tale, In Cold Blood. After the copious notes and interviews she had completed for Capote, she tho…

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The YABBA shortlists 2019

The Young Australians Best Book Awards (YABBA) were established in 1985 by a group of Victorians keen to see children engage in reading Australian books. Their goal is to have children recommend, read, rate and reward their favourite Australian books.

During Term 1 each year, Victorian children are asked to recommend their favourite Australian books by nominating four Australian titles. All nomi…

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Mark’s Say: The London Book Fair

by Mark Rubbo

I hadn’t been to London or the London Book Fair since 2011; that had been a miserable visit. The weather was cold and drizzly; the book industry was going through an existential crisis as an avalanche of ebooks seemed to presage the demise of the printed book and of bookshops. A few months later the then minister for small business famously predicted that online sales would wipe out all but a few…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton Winning for Women: A Personal Story by Iola Mathews Invented Lives by Andrea Goldsmith Machines Like Me by Ian McEwan On Violence by natasha Scott Despoja Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Accidental Feminists by Jane Caro The Wedding Puzzle by Sallie Muirden The Power of Hope by Kon Karapanagiotidis

Vicki Laveau-Harvie’s Stella …

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What We’re Reading: Sales, Darke and Cheng

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. Fiona Hardy is reading Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales

After selling piles of Leigh Sales' book on trauma, I was looking forward to reading Any Ordinary Day for my book club last week, even though it seemed obvious that a book about the very worst day of peopl…

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