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Kids Under Cover

by Gabrielle Williams

In 2019, the Readings Foundation is supporting Kids Under Cover (KUC), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to preventing youth homelessness. Here, our Grants Officer Gabrielle Williams shares some insight into this incredible project and who it supports.

Picture this: you’re a single mother living in a 3-bedroom, 1-bathroom social housing home with your five children. The backyard is large…

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Father’s Day gift ideas to get you started

Well, if you can believe it, it’s getting to be that time of year again – Father’s Day is just a few short weeks away (Sunday 1 September for all of us now frantically checking our diaries). But never fear – we’ve got you covered if you’re stuck for gift ideas. To make sure your gift gets to your dad or loved one in time, place your order by Thursday 22 August to make sure your dad has something…

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The Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA) shortlist 2019

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA).

The three shortlisted books are:

Brontide by Sue McPherson (published by Magabala Books)

Formatted in a readable interview style, this coming-of-age story weaves the perspectives of four very different teenage boys living on the Sunshine Coast: Rob, Pen, Benny Boy and Jack. By turns fu…

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Our staff love It Sounded Better in My Head

We’re proud as punch of our marketing manager, Nina Kenwood, and her brand-new debut Young Adult novel (and winner of the 2018 Text Prize) It Sounded Better in My Head. If you love warm, big-hearted, hilarious and painfully relatable stories about growing up, first loves and that strange period in between school and uni, then It Sounded Better in My Head is the book for you. Readings staff are a…

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Ask Agatha

Our book advice column is back, and so is our wise and learned bookseller Agatha, who is ready to answer all your tricky (book-related) questions. If you have a question for Agatha please email

Dear Agatha I’m seeing more and more of my friends switch to KeepCups and beeswax wraps, while I am still out here filling up bins with Styrofoam noodle cups. I know I sh…

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August special offers: A Madman DVD sale and a LYBD competition

Our annual Madman DVD sale is on again throughout August, featuring a wide range of releases including films such as Gurrumul, Arrietty, The Death of Stalin, and Lost in Paris. With plenty of discounted Madman titles, this sale is not to be missed. Visit your local Readings or click through to the online collection below to check out the full range.

The sale will be available in all of our seve

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

The 117-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton I Am Change by Suzy Zail Young Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe The World’s Worst Teachers by David Walliams My Unicorn Farts Glitter by Suzanne Barton and Shannon Horsfall Stone Girl by Eleni Hale As Happy as Here by Jane Godwin Sick Bay by Nova Weetman Graveyard Shift in Ghost Town by Michael Pryor The Good Thieves by Katherine Rundell

Our …

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton Sing This at My Funeral: A Memoir of Fathers and Sons by David Slucki Normal People by Sally Rooney The Art of Growing Up by John Marsden Harry Seidler’s Umbrella by Joe Rollo Plots and Prayers by Niki Savva The Erratics by Vicki Laveau-Harvie

It’s a joy to see readers c…

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The Fun of Fantasy

by Jess Johnson

Jess Johnson, a much-valued member of our 2018–2019 Teen Advisory Board, reflects in this special guest blog post on the fantasy books that sparked her love of reading.

I will never fail to be amazed by how authors can create an entire world – planned to minute details – within a few hundred pages. By the time you put down the novel, it seems like that world is a real possibility and that some…

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What We’re Reading: Hassan, Vuong and Shanbhag

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.

Jeremy George is reading Uncontained: Digital Disconnection and the Experience of Time by Robert Hassan

I am currently reading Uncontained: Digital Disconnection and the Experience of Time by author and University of Melbourne professor Robert Hassan. The boo…

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