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Mark Rubbo recommends nine favourite reads from 2019

by Mark Rubbo

Readings Manager Director Mark Rubbo recommends a sample of nine favourite books he’s read this year – including fantastic Australian fiction, a sprawling family epic, two brilliant crime novels, Helen Garner’s diaries, and more. Invented Lives by Andrea Goldsmith

Set in the mid 1980s as the Cold War rages and the crisis of AIDS is unfolding, Invented Lives is the eighth novel from Andrea G…

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30 great reads from First Nations writers & Australian writers of colour

In past years, we have compiled a list of great reads by Australian women, originally inspired by the Australian Women Writers Challenge. In 2019 we expanded that list to include gender diverse authors as well. This year, we also wanted to highlight the stories being told by First Nations writers and Australian writers of colour. The Australian Women Writers Challenge was a born out of a desire …

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The Indie Book Awards longlists 2020

Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators and publishers longlisted for the Indie Book Awards 2019!

Each year, independent booksellers from around the nation get together and vote for their favourite titles in six different categories, as well as their favourite book overall. Here are the longlistees for each category.

Fiction The White Girl by Tony Birch The Rip by Mark Brandi Silver

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The best books for keeping the kids busy during the holidays

by Leanne Hall

Sometimes it’s nice on the holidays for everyone to busy themselves with a book for a few hours. Here are some of our best suggestions for keeping the kids busy during the Christmas season – from babies through to tweens. PICKS FOR BABIES, TODDLERS & PRESCHOOLERS

It’s Mine! - Who is hiding in the jungle? Find out by lifting the flaps to spot the animals. You’re sure to enjoy the surprise…

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Comfort reading & book recommendations from our Teen Advisory Board

In their last meeting of the year, our Teen Advisory Board shared their thoughts about comfort reading, and recommended the most memorable books they read this year. What is your favourite kind of book to read when you want comfort?

‘I read books that will make me even sadder so that I can truly fall into a pit of despair. Then I read a romance book to pull me out of it’ - Sasha Copic

‘I rer…

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Books to read to Baby Yoda

A good way to soothe a Baby Yoda is to read them books that will help them navigate life and recognise objects, events and people around them. Here are the very best books for storytime with Baby Yoda. The Iron Man by Ted Hughes

Sometimes your foster dad won’t take off his helmet, and you’re just going to have to be okay with that.

Leap Frog by Jane Clarke & Britta Teckentrup

We kno…

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The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists 2020

The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards shortlists for 2020 have now been announced.

Here are the shortlistees for this year…

PRIZE FOR FICTION The House of Youssef by Yumna Kassab Act of Grace by Anna Krien
Simpson Returns by Wayne Macauley Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas The Yield by Tara June Winch PRIZE FOR NON-FICTION Songspirals: Sharing Women’s Wisdom of Country through Songlines

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Booksellers share their Summer Reading Stacks

Teetering on the precipice of a brand-new season, our staff share what’s on their TBR piles – including some exciting forthcoming books to look out for in early 2020… Kim Gruschow, book buyer and children’s book buyer at Readings St Kilda Untold Night and Day by Bae Suah (translated by Deborah Smith) (available February 2020) Hattie by Frida Nilsson & Stina Wirsén (translated by Julia Mars…

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