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Chris Gordon’s self-isolation cooking diary: Week 7

For this week’s cooking diary entry, our food and gardening columnist Chris Gordon looks to others for inspiration…

During isolation I have tried cooking a variety of delicious, inspiring dishes. I started off with a few simple ideas for inspiration, and from there I’ve tackled pickling, sourdough and hot cross buns (well, almost). I’ve also embraced my inner Nonna and learned some valuable le…

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Recommended kids books, news & resources for May

by Leanne Hall

In May we have books that will make you want to play with your food, think about respect, be absorbed in family and friendships, get a little creeped out, and look with fresh eyes at recycling, reusing and reducing. Find our May picks for YA books here. FIVE KIDS BOOKS TO READ THIS MONTH Play with Your Plate! by Judith Rossell

Mix and match to your heart’s content with this fun and inno…

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Recommended YA books, news & resources for May

by Leanne Hall

May serves up a glut of quality Australian YA fiction – the second book in Amie Kaufman and Jay Kristoff’s blockbuster sci-fi series, and moving contemporary stories from no less than three exciting debut voices. There’s also new books from YA stars Patrick Ness and Suzanne Collins. Find our May picks for kids books here. SIX YA BOOKS TO READ THIS MONTH Aurora Burning by Amie Kaufman & J…

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Literary mysteries for book lovers

We’ve got you covered if you’re in the mood for a mystery read that will expand your mind, take you deep into worlds and use some beautiful language along the way. Here are some of our favourite literary books with a mystery at their heart (or if you prefer, mysteries with a literary bent).

The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

In 1901, the word ‘Bondmaid' was discovered missing fro…

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Colson Whitehead wins the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

Colson Whitehead has won the 2020 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for The Nickel Boys.

The Nickel Boys is based on the history of a real ‘reform’ school in 1960s Florida, where the systematic abuse of its African American students is masked by the school’s claims to provide moral training.

The Pulitzer judges commented: ‘A spare and devastating exploration of abuse at a reform school in Jim Crow-era…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Phosphorescence by Julia Baird A Bigger Picture by Malcolm Turnbull Normal People by Sally Rooney The Adversary by Ronnie Scott The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel After Australia edited by Michael Mohammed Ahmad (available 26 May) Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo The Loudness of Unsaid Things by Hil…

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The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists for 2020

Three emerging Australian writers have been named The Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelists for 2020. Congratulations to Josephine Rowe, Alice Bishop and Joey Bui!

Here are our bookseller recommendations for each of their books.

Here Until August by Josephine Rowe

‘A beautifully crafted collection that leaves the reader breathless with its beauty. Every sentence in this boo…

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Introducing kerbside pick-up at Readings

We’re delighted to announce that from today (Monday 4 May) we are offering a kerbside pick-up service at our Hawthorn, Malvern, Kids and St Kilda shops this week. Our Carlton shop will also be offering the service on Friday 8 May and Saturday 9 May.

If you’re looking to pick up a last-minute Mother’s Day gift, we have plenty of terrific books on offer and can provide recommendations on the spot.…

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

Aurora Burning (The Aurora Cycle, Book 2) by Amie Kaufman & Jay Kristoff The Year the Maps Changed by Danielle Binks When It Drops by Alex Dyson Slime by David Walliams & Tony Ross Bluey: Time to Play! Real Pigeons Peck Punches (Real Pigeons, Book 5) by Andrew McDonald & Ben Wood Landing with Wings by Trace Balla Dawn of the Underlord (The Bad Guys, Book 11) by Aaron Blabey Sherlock Bones and th

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Chris Gordon’s self-isolation cooking diary: Week 6

by Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon is our events and programming manager extraordinaire, as well as our monthly food and gardening columnist. Here is the latest instalment of her self-isolation cooking diary.

What have I learned this week?

Making sourdough bread is not for the faint-hearted – even if you do live in the north. If you haven’t attempted to make it, are you even in lockdown? This process is not somet…

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