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A book-giving program

Here at Readings, we receive numerous books from publishers for reviewing and marketing purposes. These books are normally proofs – early editions of a book that have not yet been proofread and may contain errors. They are printed so that booksellers and media may read the book ahead of time, and they usually don’t feature the book’s final cover, and sometimes more editorial changes will be made …

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Our top picks for book clubs this month

For book clubs who want to lean into our current situation… The End of October by Lawrence Wright

At an internment camp in Indonesia, 47 people are pronounced dead with acute hemorrhagic fever. Henry Parsons – microbiologist, epidemiologist – travels there on behalf of the World Health Organization to investigate, and what he finds will have repercussions across the globe: an infected man is…

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Chris Gordon’s self-isolation cooking diary: Week 8

by Chris Gordon

In this final instalment of Chris Gordon’s self-isolation cooking diary, she looks to planning a future feast in gratitude of others.

Likely, you are reading this column because you are part of the Readings family. You believe that independent bookshops make a difference to our community, that they are worthy of support. And as restrictions around Covid-19 begin to relax and our social paramet…

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Eight great new queer YA books

by Leanne Hall

If you’re in need of your next queer YA read, look no further. Some of our favourite recent releases include a visit to San Francisco in the punk era, warm magical realism, epic fantasy, gripping contemporary fiction, a graphic novel and a heart-baring memoir.

Music from Another World by Robin Talley

Two teenage girls from opposite ends of California are assigned as school pen pals in 1977…

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Our shops are open again

Due to the relaxing of some COVID-19 restrictions, we’re delighted to announce that our Carlton, Kids, Doncaster , Malvern and Hawthorn shops are open to the public again, as of today.

While our St Kilda shop is not allowing customers inside at this time, from today it will be offering service from its front door, with staff available for recommendations and kerbside pick-up. Our State Library s…

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Readings wins Book Retailer of the Year 2020

The winners of the annual Australian Book Industry Awards (ABIAs) were announced last night and Readings is honoured to have won this year’s Book Retailer of the Year award!

Managing Director Mark Rubbo says: “I am honoured to receive this recognition, especially in such a turbulent time. It is an award for the whole company and an acknowledgement of the hard work of all my colleagues.”

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The best new crime reads in May

by Fiona Hardy

He Started It by Samantha Downing

To say a book has a twist is sometimes a spoiler: you’ll find yourself living in a constant state of suspense, waiting for when it’ll happen. I don’t think saying that He Started It has twists is any kind of spoiler, because, dear reader, this book is absolutely packed with them. Every chapter ends with a new shock. Surprises come out of every corner. And I lo

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A spotlight on translated fiction this month

If you’re looking to read more works in translation this year, we’ve compiled a list of nine new works of fiction that bring you voices from around the world. I’m Staying Here by Marco Balzano (translated by Jill Foulston)

Curon, 1920. In a small village in South Tyrol, Trina longs for a different life. She dedicates herself to becoming a teacher, but the year that she qualifies Mussolini’s…

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Books to inspire hope

If you’re in need a bookish pick-me-up, we’ve put together some of some recent reads that have lifted our spirits and made us feel a little more hopeful. Our suggested boosters include the very best of art and culture, public policy, activism, Indigenous poetry, self-reflection, philosophy and radical visions for the future – in short, every kind of inspiration we can find! Phosphorescence

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The Miles Franklin Literary Award longlist 2020

The 2020 longlist for the Miles Franklin Literary Award has been announced.

Richard Neville, Mitchell Librarian of the State Library of NSW and head of the Award judging panel, says: “This year’s Miles Franklin longlist is a mix of established and newer Australian authors. Their novels give voice to a diversity of Australian characters whose common feature is their location on the margins, wheth…

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