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Our staff share their Spring Reading Stacks

Spring has arrived today and with it – a slew of exciting new books to add to our TBR lists… Here, our staff share what books are sitting on their bedside tables. Ellen Cregan, bookseller at Readings Doncaster

Against the Double Blackmail by Slavoj Zizek
The Red-Haired Woman by Orhan Pamuk
How Saints Die by Carmen Marcus
Between You & Me by Mary Norris
Girl Meets Boy by Ali Smith
Home Fire by Ka…

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Celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day 2017

Indigenous Literacy Day is Wednesday 6 September. This day is organised by the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF), and here are some ways you can support them in their work.

Come along to a special Melbourne event

ILF ambassadors Andy Griffiths and Jared Thomas, along with students from Tiwi College Alalinguwi Jarrakarlinga on the Tiwi Islands (NT), will launch a joyous new children’s book: S

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What we’re reading: Kamila Shamsie, Emma Chastain & Zoë Morrison

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. Ellen Cregan is reading Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

When the 2017 Booker longlist came out, I had the silly idea that I’d read the whole thing. I’m beginning to doubt that I’ll make it the whole way through, but I’m glad I had the idea because it’s led me to K…

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Introducing our inaugural Teen Advisory Board

We are delighted to reveal our Teen Advisory Board for 2017-18.

The Readings Teen Advisory Board is a volunteer group of teens that meet once a month to chat about young adult books, learn about careers in the book industry and give us advice.

We were overwhelmed by the response we got from interested teens after our initial call-out. We heard from more than 70 applicants who are clearly all pa…

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Recommended new YA books in September

by Leanne Hall

September brings a slew of emotionally-charged and highly recommended YA to our shelves, along with some terrifying and twisty psychological thrillers. Find our best recommendations for kids' books this month here. OUR YA BOOK THE OF THE MONTH

The Text-Prize winning Beautiful Mess by Claire Christian is our YA Book of the Month. Two troubled teens find connection, trust and friendship in…

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Recommended new kids' books in September

by Leanne Hall

This month we are all about heroes, aliens, magicians, witches, crime-fighting dogs and cabbages that talk! Find our best recommendations for teen books this month here. OUR CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE MONTH

‘If A Series of Unfortunate Events and Withering-by-Sea produced a love child – this would be it!’ – how could you resist a description like that from Malvern children’s book buyer, Athin…

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Win a $500 travel gift voucher

Buy a copy of Sheridan Jobbins’s raw, sharply funny and heartfelt memoir at Readings this month, and you’ll go in the draw to win a $500 travel gift voucher.

Wish You Were Here is a girl’s own adventure with bite. Reeling from the devastating collapse of her marriage to the man she thought was the love of her life, Sheridan Jobbins decides she needs to do something drastic to save her sanity. He…

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The best new food and gardening books out this month

by Chris Gordon

Our food and gardening columnist Chris Gordon shares her favourite picks for cooking and gardening books released this month. Ostro by Julia Busuttil Nishimura

Julia Busuttil Nishimura is a Melbourne-based Italian food writer, and the creator of Ostro, an online space where she shares her recipes – and the most endearing home images ever! Her book includes interpretations of dishes from Ita…

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Classical music recommendations & our fabulous box-set sale

STAFF RECOMMENDATIONS Richard Strauss by Louise Alder and Joseph Middleton

‘Recently, while perusing the shelves at Readings, I was thrilled to discover young British soprano Louise Alder’s debut Strauss recording. My excitement was twofold: I recognised her as an acquaintance from my year studying at the Royal College in London and could not wait to hear her beautiful voice once again; and…

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24 picture books that I’ve loved this year

by Bronte Coates

It is ancient bookseller wisdom that you can never own too many picture books. So here are 24 awesome picture books released this year to add to your own collection. Not Quite Narwhal by Jessie Sima

This is a cute, magical twist on an ugly duckling tale. Growing up in the ocean, Kelp always assumed that he was a narwhal like the rest of his family – even if he was a little bit different fro…

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