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Meet the bookseller with Athina Clarke

by Athina Clarke

Athina Clarke is one of our brilliant children’s and young adult book specialists, and has worked at Readings since 2002 – first at the Port Melbourne shop, before moving onto Readings Malvern where she’s been the buyer for more than seven years. She has been involved in a number of initiatives around children’s books over the years and was named the recipient of the ABA Elizabeth Riley Fellowshi…

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The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards winners 2019

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian literature and history makes to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life.

Congratulations to the 2019 winners for each category.

Fiction winner:
The Death of Noah Glass by Gail Jones

Poetry winner:
Sun Music by Judith Beveridge

Non-fiction winner:
Half the Perfect W

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The Readings Teen Advisory Board reviews Wai Chim’s new novel

This month we had a visit from Penguin publisher Lisa Riley, who spoke about the joys of publishing books for tiny babies through to young adults. There are a variety of skills needed for the job, ranging from focusing on minor details of text and covers through to making big picture decisions about what books to publish and looking at publishing trends. She said she loves the journey of each pro…

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The Baillie Gifford Prize shortlist 2019

The Baillie Gifford prize is the UK’s most prestigious award for nonfiction writing. This year’s shortlist contains works of history, true crime, memoir and biography.

Here are the six titles on the 2019 shortlist:

Furious Hours: Murder, Fraud and the Last Trial of Harper Lee by Casey Cep On Chapel Sands by Laura Cumming The Lives of Lucian Freud: Youth by William Feaver Maoism: A Global Hist

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Alice Robinson wins the 2019 Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction

by Alison Huber

We are delighted to announce that the winner of this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction is Alice Robinson, for her novel, The Glad Shout.

On hearing the news, Alice said, ‘I am absolutely elated to have been selected as the winner of the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction in 2019, a huge honour considering the incredible calibre of the books and writers on the shortlist. I …

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What we’re reading: Brookner, O'Callaghan & Pullman

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. Ellen Cregan is reading The Secret Commonwealth (The Book of Dust, Volume 2) by Philip Pullman

I’ve been reading the second installment in Phillip Pullman’s The Book of Dust trilogy, which only came out a couple of weeks ago. I am a huge fan o…

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Our favourite Australian short story writers

The Australian Short Story Festival kicks off today! To celebrate, our staff share some of their favourite Australian short story writers.

“Last year Melbourne writer Paul Dalla Rosa wrote for Granta website’s ‘notes on craft’ and I think about what he said all the time. He compares short stories to a moment on RuPaul’s Drag Race Season 7 when Violet Chachki walks the runway in a gown that tra…

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Readings booksellers recommend: Evergreen crime reads

We asked our booksellers to share some of their evergreen crime reads – the ones they find themselves recommending again, and again, and again, and again, and again, and… You get the picture! Fiona Hardy recommends Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta

Honestly, there is so much good stuff out there that of course it’s impossible to pick a favourite. I’m selecting Melina Mar…

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