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Meet the bookseller with Dave Little

In our latest Meet the Bookseller post, we chat to Readings Carlton bookseller and customer service extraordinaire Dave Little about how he came to work in books, what books have made an impact on him, and what he’s looking to read next. Why did you decide to work in books?

I started working at an independent bookstore in Brisbane soon after I studied literature at uni. I didn’t intend to sti…

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The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist 2019

by Alison Huber

It has been a privilege to judge this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction during our 50th Birthday year. I would conjecture that no one in Australia other than the annual judging panel reads this group of books together – all the eligible first and second novels or short story collections from Australian authors in a year period (amounting this round to nearly fifty works) – and so i…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Too Much Lip by Melissa Lucashenko Three Women by Lisa Taddeo Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe The History of Philosophy by A. C. Grayling Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dalton Salt: Selected Stories and Essays by Bruce Pascoe Growing Up Queer in Australia edited by Benjamin Law Sludge by Susan Lawrence & Peter Davies Banking Bad by Adele Ferguson A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

With Indigenous Lit…

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The Ned Kelly Awards shortlists 2019

The Australian Crime Writers Association has announced the 2019 shortlists for the Ned Kelly Awards for the best in Australian crime writing.

Here are the shortlists in each category:

Best Fiction Killshot by Garry Disher Gone By Midnight by Candice Fox The Spotted Dog by Kerry Greenwood The Lost Man by Jane Harper The Other Wife by Michael Robotham Live and Let Fry by Sue Williams Best fir…

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What’s Declan from St Kilda listening to?

The world is populated by so much good music and so many talented musicians – if you’re trying to broaden your tastes, it can be impossible to know where to start. Luckily, we have a team of very knowledgeable and very insightful music buyers who can help you out. We had a chat with Declan Murphy, the music buyer at our St Kilda store, to see what artists he’s been enjoying lately. Read on for h…

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The winners of the CBCA Book of the Year Awards 2019

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) has announced their Book of the Year Awards winners for 2019. These Awards celebrate the best Australian books for readers in early childhood up to young adult readers.

Here are the winners for each category.

Older Readers Between Us by Clare Atkins

Jono is depressed, missing his absent mother and sister, and struggling in his relationship …

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What We’re Reading: Nussbaum, Hadley and Lindelauf

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. Bronte Coates is reading I Like to Watch: Arguing My Way Through the TV Revolution by Emily Nussbaum

Emily Nussbaum has long been a writer I admire so I was very excited to get stuck into her new book, I Like to Watch. This work brings together a collection of…

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August books in translation by women

August is Women in Translation month! Read on for some of our favourite recent and upcoming releases celebrating the power of women’s voices all over the world. Bright by Duanwad Pimwana

Thai writer Duanwad Pimwana has created a novel of urban and at times, gritty vignettes, balanced with a folktale-like feel and a charmingly wry sense of humour. When five-year-old Kampol is told by his fa…

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Novels to help you plan your trip to Area 51

by Chenuli Halgamuge

Are you a budding sci-fi fan, alien enthusiast or Indiana Jones in the making? Read on for top tips and survival guides for all things Area 51 from one of our newest Teen Advisory Board members, Chenuli Halgamuge.

Area 51 draws the likes of both travellers and locals who enjoy taking a photo behind a sign that explicitly says ‘do not enter, no trespassing beyond this point, photography prohibi…

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