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Books on art history

How is your art history knowledge? Need a refresher course? See below for some of our recent recommendations. This is Not Just a Painting by Bernard Lahire

How do we decide which paintings are valuable? In Bernard Lahire’s This is Not Just a Painting, he takes a deep dive into the history of one such painting – The Flight into Egypt. Thought to be painted in 1657, the painting had been lost…

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What We’re Reading: Winn, Makkai, Leckie

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. Mike Shuttleworth is reading The Salt Path by Raynor Winn

Right now I’m at home resting my right foot following surgery to remove a raw nerve. So it’s the perfect time to read the true story of a couple’s 1000-kilometre walk along England’s southwest coast. So…

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Win a wine lover pack, courtesy of Halliday Wine Companion 2020!

Calling all wine lovers, alcohol enthusiasts and overall lovers of the finer things – this competition is for you!

For over thirty years James Halliday has been Australia’s most respected wine critic, and his Halliday Wine Companion is recognised as the industry benchmark for Australian wine. The 2020 edition is the go-to guide for wine ratings, regions, best varietals, winery reviews and a cu…

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Kids Under Cover

by Gabrielle Williams

In 2019, the Readings Foundation is supporting Kids Under Cover (KUC), a not-for-profit organisation dedicated to preventing youth homelessness. Here, our Grants Officer Gabrielle Williams shares some insight into this incredible project and who it supports.

Picture this: you’re a single mother living in a 3-bedroom, 1-bathroom social housing home with your five children. The backyard is large…

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Father’s Day gift ideas to get you started

Well, if you can believe it, it’s getting to be that time of year again – Father’s Day is just a few short weeks away (Sunday 1 September for all of us now frantically checking our diaries). But never fear – we’ve got you covered if you’re stuck for gift ideas. To make sure your gift gets to your dad or loved one in time, place your order by Thursday 22 August to make sure your dad has something…

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Book Week costume ideas

by Pilgrim Hodgson

‘I just remembered the teacher said we have to wear a costume tomorrow.’ Did your blood pressure just spike reading that? Book Week: love it or hate it, that time of year will be upon us before we know it. (17–23 August, FYI.) I’m somewhat unpopular when it comes to events like this because I LOVE a dress-up and I live for those opportunities to make something out of nothing on a tight budget. …

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The Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA) shortlist 2019

The Small Press Network (SPN) has announced the shortlist for the 2019 Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA).

The three shortlisted books are:

Brontide by Sue McPherson (published by Magabala Books)

Formatted in a readable interview style, this coming-of-age story weaves the perspectives of four very different teenage boys living on the Sunshine Coast: Rob, Pen, Benny Boy and Jack. By turns fu…

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Ask Agatha

Our book advice column is back, and so is our wise and learned bookseller Agatha, who is ready to answer all your tricky (book-related) questions. If you have a question for Agatha please email askagatha@readings.com.au.

Dear Agatha I’m seeing more and more of my friends switch to KeepCups and beeswax wraps, while I am still out here filling up bins with Styrofoam noodle cups. I know I sh…

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