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What we’re reading: Emily Gale, Hannah Richell & Lewis Carroll

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. Bronte Coates is reading I Am Out With Lanterns by Emily Gale

This juicy YA novel will grip you from page one. Emily Gale has skilfully brought together the perspectives of multiple characters to create a single cohesive work that investigates the ways in whic…

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The best new crime reads in August

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH Loose Units by Paul F. Verhoeven

Decades after a youthful Paul Verhoeven inadvertently sees a crime scene photo that he’s never been able to shake, he sits down with his ex-cop father John to find out why. Why he couldn’t shake it, how his father coped with so much worse, and how videogame reviewer and pop-culture nerd Paul veered so much away from the paths of actio…

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Win a wine-lovers prize pack valued at over $600

Eagerly anticipated by winemakers, collectors, and afficionados every year, the new edition of the Halliday Wine Companion has arrived!

Buy your copy of the Halliday Wine Companion 2019 from the Readings website before 1 September, 2018 and you’ll automatically be entered into the draw to win a wine-lovers pack valued at over $600. This pack includes a $500 gift voucher for Montalto winery, glas…

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Everything YA in August

Contemporary Australian stories and multiple perspectives sit alongside revisionist fairytales, dystopias and fictional battles for survival in our YA round-up for this month. You can also find some of our best kids reads of the month here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH I Am Out With Lanterns by Emily Gale

I Am Out With Lanterns weaves together multiple points of view to create a story infused w…

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August reads for kids

by Leanne Hall

This month’s round-up of new children’s books is populated by dragons, an array of pets, beautiful music, multiple worlds and primary school shenanigans. You can also find some of our best teen reads of the month here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH The Relic of the Blue Dragon (Children of the Dragon Book 1) by Rebecca Lim

When Harley Spark picks up a dusty old vase on the street, he has no id…

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The best new cookbooks in August

by Chris Gordon

Family by Hetty McKinnon

Drum roll please: wonderful Hetty McKinnon is back with another soon-to-be-used-every-single-week cookbook that rejoices in gatherings and innovative, simple recipes. There are pastas to make, soups to comfort, salads that scream for crowds to enjoy and all with that familiar sense of warmth, colour and delicious tastes. There is something very liberating about McKinno…

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Andrea Goldsmith on Readings Carlton’s reopening

by Andrea Goldsmith

Author Andrea Goldsmith helped us celebrate the reopening of the newly renovated Readings Carlton last week by sharing a few words about what the Readings community has meant to her. Thank you Andrea for your generosity and kindness! Here is a transcript of her speech from the night.

Ah Readings, where would we be without you?

Lovers and partners come and go, children grow up and leave home,…

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The Ned Kelly Awards shortlists 2018

The Australian Crime Writers Association has announced the 2018 shortlists for the Ned Kelly Awards for the best in Australian crime writing.

Here are the shortlists in each category:

Best Fiction Marlborough Man by Alan Carter Under the Cold Bright Lights by Garry Disher Redemption Point by Candice Fox Crossing the Lines by Sulari Gentill The Lone Child by Anna George The Student by Iain Rya…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Open House Melbourne Weekend: 2018 program The Nowhere Child by Christian White Dark Emu (New edition) by Bruce Pascoe Marcia Langton: Welcome to Country by Marcia Langton Clock Dance by Anne Tyler The Other Woman by Daniel Silva Scrublands by Chris Hammer Warlight by Michael Ondaatje Less by Andrew Sean Greer The Barefoot Investor (2018 updated edition) by Scott Pape

Bestselling fiction from …

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Read an extract from Trace by Rachael Brown

by Rachael Brown

Trace: Who Killed Maria James? is ABC broadcast journalist Rachael Brown’s gripping account of her investigation into a 38-year-old cold case, which became the Walkley and Quill Award-winning podcast, Trace, and led to the re-opening of the case. This is an edited extract from the book. April 2016

1.00pm Coroners Court w Ron
Diary note, 21 April 2016

I wince at Maria’s bruised face in the …

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