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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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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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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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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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What are the characters on Succession reading?

by Jackie Tang

If you haven’t yet gleaned from that annoying workmate who keeps asking if you’ve watched it (guilty), the HBO drama Succession is one of the breakout TV shows of the year. Now on its second season, it’s a slick roller-coaster of corporate intrigue and high-stakes power plays filled with hilariously biting one-liners and Machiavellian family dynamics.

As we prepare to hear the dramatic piano pli…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe The Body: A Guide for Occupants by Bill Bryson The Testaments by Margaret Atwood Maybe the Horse Will Talk by Elliot Perlman Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner The Wife and the Widow by Christian White There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett Buckley’s Chance by Garry Linnell Three Women by Lisa Taddeo Other People’s Houses by Hilary McPhee

Bruce Pascoe has …

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Olga Tokarczuk & Peter Handke win the Nobel prizes in Literature for 2018 & 2019

This year the Swedish Academy has announced two winners of the Nobel prize for literature: Polish author Olga Tokarczuk for 2018, and Austrian author Peter Handke for 2019.

The Swedish Academy selected Tokarczuk as the 2018 winner ‘for a narrative imagination that with encyclopedic passion represents the crossing of boundaries as a form of life’. An activist and frequent critic of Poland’s polit…

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What we’re reading: Robinson, Haratischvili & Abbott

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. Chris Gordon is reading Give Me Your Hand by Megan Abbott

Late to the game, I have finally joined my colleagues in their love for Megan Abbott. I’m reading Give Me Your Hand. It’s a story about female friendship that I know is about to go terr…

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