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Our staff share their spring reading stacks

Spring is just around the corner – hallelujah! To celebrate, we’ve checked in with our booksellers to see what books are on their to-be-read piles.

Sharon Peterson, manager at Readings St Kilda Late in the Day by Tessa Hadley The White Girl by Tony Birch The Dutch House by Ann Patchett (September) Wolfe Island by Lucy Treloar Tidelands by Philippa Gregory Veg: Easy & Delicious Meals for E

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What We’re Reading: Meyer, Gaitskill and Vuong

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. Georgia Brough is reading A Superior Spectre by Angela Meyer

Jeff is dying; slowly, painfully. He escapes from overcrowded, overheated Melbourne to the wilds of the Scottish highlands. In his possession is a tab – a device that allows him to jump back in time …

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Recommended September kids books, news & events

by Leanne Hall

This month we’ve got an amazing array of middle grade fiction that takes readers from film locations to Peru to magical cities, a new Real Pigeons book, and a modern classic about to get the big screen treatment. And please don’t forget Father’s Day on 1 September! We’ve put together some of our favourite picture books for Father’s Day to help you celebrate. Find our September picks for YA book…

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Our favourite last-minute Father’s Day gift ideas

Well, Father’s Day is almost here – this Sunday, to be exact – and if you’re still scrambling to pick something up for the special father figure in your life, then we’ve got you covered. Below are our favourite last-minute gift ideas that are sure to satiate even the pickiest of dads, and if you’re still in need of inspiration, please peruse our gift ideas collections here or below. Sadly, the …

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Recommended September YA books, news & events

by Leanne Hall

This month we’ve got hard-hitting contemporary YA fiction, a fantastic #LoveOzYA urban fantasy, a mind-expanding travel memoir and a sweet romantic graphic novel from bestselling Rainbow Rowell. Find our September picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH

This is How We Change the Ending by Vikki Wakefield

Sixteen-year-old Nate McKee has a lot of worries on his mind – his aggress…

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At home with Chris Gordon

by Chris Gordon

Finally, spring is here! To celebrate, I thought we would rejoice in plant-based meals. I hope these wonderful new books, all by women, inspire you. East by Meera Sodha (Available 3 September)

Meera Sodha was born in England to Ugandan-Indian parents and was raised on a delicious assortment of family recipes that had been passed down through generations. Sodha has made a living from writing…

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Join us for a very special Booker Prize shortlist dinner

Join us on Monday 14 October for our sit-down Booker Prize shortlist dinner at Tolarno Eating House, St Kilda.

Discuss which Booker Prize-shortlisted book you think should win; which book you think probably will win; and which book will win over your dead body (chances are, that’s the one that will get the gong!). Mark Rubbo, Readings’ managing director, will be your host du jour and Jane Sulliv…

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A monthly update from our teen advisory board

by Angela Crocombe

This month on the Teen Advisory Board we had a visit from Nina Kenwood, author of It Sounded Better in My Head. She was delightfully generous with the teens, talking to them about different designs of the US cover and asking them which they preferred. She talked about the discipline needed to actually finish a novel (as opposed to just starting one) and gave plenty of tips on how to become a bett…

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Mark’s Say: September 2019

by Mark Rubbo

My father was a scientist and head of the University of Melbourne’s Department of Bacteriology, affectionately known as ‘The Bug School’. It was located in an old building on Swanston Street (now the Ian Potter Museum of Art). He assembled around him a dedicated and, from memory, eccentric, team. It included Holocaust survivors, Nobel Prize winners, and aspiring musicians. For us kids, visits wer…

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The best new crime reads in September

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH The Godmother by Hannelore Cayre

This striking little oddity comes with a hefty dose of French fame – it won the European Crime Fiction Prize, the Grand Prix de Littérature Policière, and has been made into a film starring one of the most perfectly French actresses around – Isabelle Huppert. Hannelore Cayre is a writer and a director, but most importantly, she is als…

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