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Mark’s Say: June 2019

by Mark Rubbo

Not that I take much notice of them, but company mergers have always seemed fraught; the merger of two of the greatest English language publishers, Random House and Penguin, in 2013 was one I did take a keen interest in. The process took many years and the Australian divisions of the two companies didn’t seem to be immune from some strife. When they merged they ended up with two publishing depart…

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Get your beginning readers off to a flying start with decodable books

by Alison Clarke

Practising speech pathologist and guest blogger Alison Clarke clues us in on the strategies that help children read and spell effectively, right from the start. Language is natural. Reading is not.

Reading aloud to children is a great way to help them develop their vocabularies and other language skills, learn about the real and imaginary worlds, and share and discuss ideas and emotions.


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Dear Reader, June 2019

by Alison Huber

When Tony Birch comes into the shop, I’m always keen to hear what he is reading. He reads extensively, widely, and thoughtfully, and that’s the way I believe his new novel, The White Girl, will be read too. This wonderfully crafted piece of writing is such an effective and affecting account of 1960s Australia because it has an historian’s eye for detail paired with the dramatic restraint of a bor…

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What We’re Reading: Birch, Eugenides

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. Mark Rubbo is reading The White Girl by Tony Birch

I’ve been reading The White Girl by Tony Birch. I love Tony’s work, and this is his best yet. Set in the sixties, an elderly Aboriginal woman fears that her pale-skinned granddaughter will be taken away from h…

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Desi Boardman is a finalist for Bookseller of the Year 2019

We’re delighted that our brilliant Manager of Readings Hawthorn, Desi Boardman, has been shortlisted for this year’s ABA Text Publishing Bookseller of the Year. These awards recognise booksellers for their performance within their own bookshops, along with their achievements within the book industry and throughout their local community. We are very proud of Desi, and always thrilled to see our bo…

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Our booksellers share their winter reading stacks

It looks like June is announcing itself with icy winds and driving rain, so when could it possibly be better to curl up indoors with a big stack of books? Our booksellers share what’s in their TBR piles this winter.

Kim Gruschow, book buyer and children’s book buyer, St Kilda Why Karen Carpenter Matters by Karen Tongson Piglettes by Clementine Beauvais This Brutal House by Niven Govinden …

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Compelling book covers

by Georgia Brough

Someone once asked me if I thought ebooks would ever fully replace print, and I remember thinking, absolutely not – not while books are such aesthetic objects, even not considering all the other joys a physical book holds. A large part of this is due to the cover – it’s a remarkable artistic medium that is required to do so much: engage the eye, give a sense of the book itself, and also convey al…

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Readings Warehouse Sale

We are having a warehouse sale! Come along and browse hundreds of amazing bargains handpicked by Readings managing director, Mark Rubbo.

What: Tons of books at fabulous, super-cheap prices!

When: Saturday 15 June and Sunday 16 June, from 11am to 5pm.

Where: The Readings Warehouse at Ground floor, 314–318 Drummond Street, Carlton (tucked between Faraday and Elgin streets).

Whether y

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