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Six terrific novels that reinvent the Western

Western fiction has a long and rich history – one ripe for reinvention and subversion. Here are six of our best recommendations for novels that do exactly this.

Outlawed by Anna North

Ada feels lucky – she loves her broad-shouldered husband and her job as an apprentice midwife. But after a year of marriage with no pregnancy, in a town where barren women are hanged as witches, Ada has to fl…

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Eight books to start conversations with kids this month

Kids are naturally curious about the world and, given half a chance, love to have deep conversations about important issues and events. Here are some books to help spark interesting discussions with kids. For discussing the bushfire season… The Bushfire Book by Chris Nixon & Polly Marsden

Australia is a big country with all sorts of weather – and sometimes extreme weather that causes bushf…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Prophets by Robert Jones Jr. The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart Phosphorescence by Julia Baird The Midnight Library by Matt Haig Honeybee by Craig Silvey All Our Shimmering Skies by Trent Dalton Loving Country: A Guide to Sacred Australia by Bruce Pascoe & Vicky Shukuroglou The Survivors by Jane Harper Mayflies by Andrew O'Hagan

It seems everyone is…

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What we’re reading: Solnit, French & Stuart

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. Mark Rubbo is reading Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

I took last week off and greedily devoured a number of books. The one I enjoyed most was last year’s Booker Prize winner, Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart. Set in Glasgow in Thatchers era, th…

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Should I keep this book or pass it on?

It’s a new year and this means it’s time to make a whole lot of resolutions that you may or may not keep. It’s also often an excuse for a big clean out and if you’re anything like us, we are certain that your bookshelf may be in need of some attention. Here is a handy quiz we’ve provided to help you decide whether you should keep a book – or whether it’s time to pass it on to a new reader. Q1…

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Funny Australian kids books to brighten your summer

by Leanne Hall

What better way to spend your summer holidays than getting some giggles and belly laughs? Here are our picks of funny books for kids aged 7-12. The Odds by Matt Stanton

Kip is a quiet and shy kid who struggles to fit in at school. She’s easy to miss and that’s the way she likes it. But when ten characters from her favourite comics, picture books, TV shows and video games – and her nightmare…

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The 100 bestselling books at Readings in 2020

Here are our 100 bestselling books from the past year.

Of the 100 books listed below…

43 are fiction 19 are non-fiction 11 are children’s books (6 picture books, 4 middle grade books and 1 non-fiction) 10 are cookbooks 8 are biographies or memoirs 5 are collected works (2 anthology, 3 single-authored collection) 4 are crime reads

Of the 102 authors (as well as editors, illustrators, transl…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart The Survivors by Jane Harper Ottolenghi FLAVOUR by Yotam Ottolenghi & Ixta Belfrage The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams Honeybee by Craig Silvey Greenlights by Matthew McConaughey The Dry by Jane Harper What Is to Be Done by Barry Jones Phosphorescence by Julia Baird A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Douglas Stuart’s Booker Prize-winning novel Shuggie Bain

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