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What we’re reading: Robinson, Haratischvili & Abbott

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 Gordon is reading Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

Late to the game, I have finally joined my colleagues in their love for Megan Abbott. I’m reading Give Me Your Hand. It’s a story about female friendship that I know is about to go terr…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For book clubs in search of a taut, relentless thriller Silver by Chris Hammer

Journalist Martin Scarsden vowed never to return to his hometown of Port Silver, but his new partner, Mandy, has inherited a house there so Martin takes a chance. He’s hopeful he can rediscover the town’s beauty – until his arrival coincides with the brutal death of his old friend Jasper…and Mandy is the chief sus…

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Our booksellers recommend Ann Patchett’s new novel

Our staff are big fans of Ann Patchett and so we’re thrilled to have her new book in store this month! The Dutch House is a modern day fairytale of family, love and betrayal. Here are a sample of our booksellers' glowing early responses to the novel.

The Dutch House is the life story of Danny Conroy, a frank and reliable narrator. It begins as his parents move to the impressive and ostentati…

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Spooky stories to read at Halloween

Halloween is just around the corner and it’s the perfect time to indulge in stories that are creepy, crawly, slimy, spiderwebby and wonderfully scary. This year, we’re holding some seriously spooktacular events at our Readings shops to celebrate. Drop by Readings St Kilda or Readings Malvern to enjoy a Halloween themed story time, or join Readings Kids for a jampacked afternoon of ghoulish festi

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Finalists announced for the National Book Awards 2019

The finalists for this year’s National Book Awards have been announced.

2019 Finalists for Fiction Trust Exercise by Susan Choi Sabrina & Corina: Stories by Kali Fajardo-Anstine, Black Leopard, Red Wolf by Marlon James The Other Americans by Laila Lalami Disappearing Earth by Julia Phillips 2019 Finalists for Nonfiction The Yellow House by Sarah M. Broom Thick: And Other Essays by Tressie …

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Five novels that explore Brexit

There has been plenty of upheaval in British politics in recent months. If you’re looking to explore this turmoil in fiction, here are some novels in which five British authors tackle the topic of Brexit head on. The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy

Saul is hit by a car on the Abbey Road crossing – twice, once in 1988, the year before the fall of the Berlin Wall, and again in 2016, ju…

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Which 600+ page novel should I read in October?

October is a month of big releases, and by this, we mean BIG releases. But just in case you don’t have time to read everything, here’s a guide to which epic novel you should pop on your TBR pile. Read Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky if… …you’re a Stephen King fan!

Kate Reese is a single mother fleeing an abusive relationship by starting over in a new town, her young son Christopher in …

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The best new crime reads of the month

by Fiona Hardy


Heaven, My Home by Attica Locke

Ranger Darren Mathews is finally on something of a good thing after a hell of a bad time. He’s on a team investigating the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, his previously failing marriage is tentatively back together, his drinking is mostly under control, and if you don’t count the fact that she has been blackmailing him, his time with his…

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The Voss Literary Prize longlist 2019

The longlist for the 2019 Voss Literary Prize has been announced.

The longlisted titles are:

Flames by Robbie Arnott Book of Colours by Robyn Cadwallader The Making of Martin Sparrow by Peter Cochrane Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton The Death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones Coach Fitz by Tom Lee, Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko The Everlasting Sunday by Robert Lukins Preservation by Joc…

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Terrific events for teens in October & November

We have some huge events on for teens in the next few months - check out the great YA authors we have in our program this October and November. Garth Nix in conversation with Amie Kaufman

We are beside ourselves to have fantasy master Garth Nix coming in to talk about his new book, Angel Mage. Set in an alternative seventeenth century, Angel Mage is an action-packed story of angels, heroes, …

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