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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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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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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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Frances Hardinge’s books ranked by scariness

by Dani Solomon

Readings Kids bookseller Dani Solomon is a Frances Hardinge super fan. We asked her to rank the award-winning British author’s books by their scariness and here is the result. The following books are all ranked from least scary to most scary, and there’s a special list of titles at the end for readers who don’t like to be spooked, but still love good, thrilling reads.

5. Verdigris Deep

On…

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15 blockbuster books in October

The reading year is really heating up, with a glut of heavy-hitting blockbusters hitting our shelves in October. There’s something for all tastes: entertaining non-fiction, fascinating memoir, thoughtful literary fiction, gripping thrillers and more.

The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson

The insatiably curious Bill Bryson turns his attention to the human body, how it functions and…

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Vote for your favourite books, music, film & TV of 2019

In November of each year, we share our picks for the best books, music, film and TV shows of the year, as voted for by our staff. We’re in the process of gathering those votes right now, and we’d love to find out what your favourites are too.

On our voting form, we’re inviting customers to share their favourite fiction, non-fiction, young adult, children’s and cookery books, as well as albums, f…

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Resilience in fiction for teens

by Leanne Hall

The ‘darkness’ of contemporary young adult fiction is often commented upon, without acknowledging that many teens actually do have difficult lives. It’s also worth noting that realistic optimism is a hallmark of YA fiction, exploring the strength and resilience of young people (without necessarily delivering Hollywood endings.)

Here are some of our favourite gritty reads for teens, all of which…

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A recap of our Booker Prize shortlist dinner

by Gabrielle Williams

Readings Foundation Grants Officer Gabrielle Williams shares a brief recap of a special event we hosted last night to celebrate the Booker Prize and to raise money for the Readings Foundation.

Last night a group of like-minded Melbournians gathered at Tolarno’s to eat delicious food, drink delicious wine, and debate the likely winner of the Booker Prize.

Everyone put forward their picks of ‘W…

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Margaret Atwood & Bernardine Evaristo named joint winners of the Booker Prize for Fiction 2019

Congratulations to Margaret Atwood and Bernardine Evaristo who have been named joint winners of the 2019 Booker Prize for Fiction!

Atwood’s The Testaments is the long-awaited sequel to Atwood’s iconic and prescient novel The Handmaid’s Tale. Mixing the heart-racing pace of a thriller and the gut-twisting tension of espionage, this return to Gilead has been well worth the wait.

The judges call i…

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