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The Ned Kelly Awards winners 2020

Congratulations to the 2020 winners of the Ned Kelly Awards for the best in Australian crime writing. Best crime fiction The Wife and the Widow by Christian White

On a tourist island off the Victorian coast, two women come to slow realisations about the men they love. Kate’s husband has vanished, a body is found on the island, and Abby suspects her husband might be involved -– while the tr…

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Introducing click and collect (sort of)

Our website isn’t set up for click and collect, but we know you’d like that option during these last weeks of lockdown!

To that end, if you are ordering online, live within 25km of one of our shops, and want to collect your items in person via contactless pick-up from a Readings shop rather than having them sent in the post, please write ‘I would like to pick up my order’ in the notes field duri…

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The best new crime reads in October

by Fiona Hardy

Our crime specialist shares 11 great crime reads to look out for this month. CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH

The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

In the seventeenth century, the East India Trading Company has a tight grip on the world. Those who sail as merchants rule absolutely, and everyone who works for them is ruthless, amoral, and evil. Sailors, in turn, are the worst of people: t…

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A spotlight on translated fiction this month

We’re recommending five recently released books in our October round-up of new fiction in translation. We’re also pleased to have a new compact edition of Nino Haratischvili’s bestselling The Eighth Life (For Brilka) in store this month, and make sure you check out the finalists for the 2020 National Book Award for Translated literature here. Before the Coffee Gets Cold: Tales from the Cafe

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What we’re reading: Miller, Timberlake & Gyasi

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. Bronte Coates is reading Transcendent Kingdom by Yaa Gyasi

When I read Yaa Gyasi’s brilliant debut novel in 2016 I was impressed by her skilful prose, and in particular, her talent for conjuring unusual images. Transcendent Kingdom is her sec…

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Louise Glück wins the Nobel prize in literature for 2020

This year’s Nobel prize for literature has been awarded to American poet Louise Glück.

Born in New York City in 1943, Glück is one of America’s most widely celebrated and recognised poets. She has been the recipient of both the Pulitzer Prize and two National Book Awards, as well as numerous others accolades. In 2003, she was named the United States' poet laureate.

The Swedish Academy awarded G…

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Finalists announced for the National Book Awards 2020

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

2020 Finalists for Fiction Leave the World Behind by Rumaan Alam A Children’s Bible by Lydia Millet The Secret Lives of Church Ladies by Deesha Philyaw Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu 2020 Finalists for Nonfiction The Dead Are Arising: The Life of Malcolm X by Les Payne & Tamara Payne Un

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The best new food & gardening books of the month

by Chris Gordon

This month, our food and gardening columnist recommends four cookbooks from Australian foodies. To Asia, With Love by Hetty McKinnon

This is what we love about Hetty McKinnon’s recipes: uncomplicated, kind and generous dishes served with a little twist here and there. Her latest cookbook is a riot of flavour and colour with family mealtime considered. If you love a little spice in your life…

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