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Mark’s Say: August 2019

by Mark Rubbo

I hate this time of year, the end of the financial year. It’s when we find out how many books have been stolen from our shelves. You’d think I’d get used to it, but I never quite do. This year the value of the items stolen has increased by 30% to $175,000. It’s upsetting; with that money we could have given our hardworking staff a bigger bonus and also put some extra money into the Readings Found

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Three Women by Lisa Taddeo The Art of Growing Up by John Marsden Open House Melbourne Weekend: 2019 Program by Open House Melbourne From Here On, Monsters by Elizabeth Bryer Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton The New Girl by Daniel Silva Good Girl, Bad Girl by Michael Robotham Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Plots and Prayers by Niki Savva Normal People by Sally Rooney

It would be remiss of us not…

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Dear Reader, August 2019

by Alison Huber

It occurs to me that our two books of the month, Meg Mundell’s The Trespassers and Bruce Pascoe’s Salt, encapsulate this moment in time in the sense that they each demonstrate key concerns of both Australian independent publishing and the culture at large. The former is a genre-defying allegorical novel about climate crisis and refugees that holds a mirror to our darkening age; the latter is a ge…

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We’re announcing a brand-new Kids Book Subscription service!

Readings is thrilled to announce the launch of our new Kids' Book Subscription gift service!

The Readings Kids' Book Subscription is the perfect gift for the little people in your life – a new-release picture book in the post every month handpicked by our children’s book experts, and delivered straight to your lucky recipient. It is the ideal birthday, Christmas or welcome to the world present…

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What We’re Reading: Hale, Grann

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. Declan Murphy is listening to Heroes to Zeros by The Beta Band

Finally available again on vinyl for the first time since 2004. This Britpop-era Scottish band produced brilliantly skewed pop music that set them both ahead and outside of their pack mates of the …

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An update from the Doncaster Middle Fiction Book Club

by Sam Kelly

We checked in with Sam Kelly, the tour-de-force behind our Doncaster store’s Middle Fiction Book Club, to hear all about what the club has been reading, what’s coming up, and which illustrious authors they just may have been visited by. If Young Adult is more your style, Readings Doncaster is also looking at starting a Young Adult Book Club. More info below. Readings Doncaster Middle Fiction …

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The Ned Kelly Awards longlist 2019

The Australian Crime Writers Association has announced the 2019 longlist for the Ned Kelly Awards. Named after the most infamous criminal in Australian history, the awards honour the best crime fiction and true crime writing in the country. Now in its 24th year the Awards are Australia’s oldest and most prestigious crime writing awards. Here are the books longlisted for each category: Best fi…

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Teenage readers love It Sounded Better in My Head

We’ve been sad to say goodbye to our most recent round of Teen Advisory Board members (and thrilled to welcome a new cohort – but more on that later!). We’ve had a wonderful time working with them over the last year, and their thoughts, knowledge and enthusiasm have been put to good use! We have also asked them to give us their thoughts on It Sounded Better in My Head (6 August), the funny, joyf…

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The Booker Prize for Fiction longlist 2019

The longlist for the 2019 Booker Prize has been announced. The 13 books listed on the longlist are: The Testaments by Margaret Atwood Night Boat to Tangier by Kevin Barry My Sister, the Serial Killer by Oyinkan Braithwaite Ducks, Newburyport by Lucy Ellmann Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo The Wall by John Lanchester The Man Who Saw Everything by Deborah Levy Lost Children Archive by V…

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