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Four delicious new cookbooks in August

by Chris Gordon

Our food and gardening columnist recommends four delicious new cookbooks to enjoy this month. 7 Ways by Jamie Oliver (available 20 August)

I love Jamie Oliver. I reckon he has done more for the way we eat than any other cook in modern history. In his latest book, he considers the top ingredients we buy week in, week out. We’re talking about those meal staples we pick up without even think…

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Our children’s & YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

Bluey: My Dad is Awesome The Girl, the Cat & the Navigator by Matilda Woods The Erasure Initiative by Lili Wilkinson Welcome To Country (Board book edition) by Lisa Kennedy & Aunty Joy Murphy Our Home, Our Heartbeat by Adam Briggs, Kate Moon & Rachael Sarra The World’s Worst Parents by David Walliams & Tony Ross Family by Aunty Fay Muir, Sue Lawson & Jasmine Seymour The Year the Maps Changed by…

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Favourite reads in new formats

We always get a thrill seeing our favourite books of the previous year released in new formats down the track. Here are a sample of some terrific reads now available in smaller, large-pocket-friendly editions – and you can find more picks from this year by browsing the collection below. Fleishman Is in Trouble by Taffy Brodesser-Akner

Toby Fleishman thought he knew what to expect when he an…

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What we’re reading: Bennett, Honey & Que Mai

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 The Mountains Sing by Nguyen Phan Que Mai

This week I have been transported to jungles, to muddy fields, to bomb shelters, and to straw bedding. I’ve been led by grandmother Hương’s hand through the recent history of V…

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Recommended YA books, news & events for August

by Leanne Hall

Get ready for a wonderful month of YA reading We’ve got a page-turning ethical thriller, teens magicking up the perfect boy, coming-of-age heartbreak, a WWII adventure, and true friendships to revel in. Find our August picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH The Erasure Initiative by Lili Wilkinson

A girl wakes up on a self-driving bus. She has no memory of how she got there or …

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Recommended kids books, news & resources for August

by Leanne Hall

This month in children’s books we have a post-climate crisis adventure, a stunning allegorical picture book, a lovable cat with a very long name, sensitively illustrated stories about unique kids, and a tweenage classic. Find our August picks for YA books here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH Across the Risen Sea by Bren MacDibble

Neoma and Jag and their small community are ‘living gentle lives’…

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Here’s what Stage 4 Restrictions mean for Readings

It’s been a stressful and overwhelming few days with Stage 4 Restrictions being rolled out in Melbourne. We’ve put together a brief explainer for what this means for Readings. Can I still shop at Readings?

Yes! You can place an order online via our website at any time. Find out more about online shopping here. Please be patient with us if orders take longer than usual, as our warehouse and fu…

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Dear Reader, August 2020

by Alison Huber

The award given to an Unpublished Manuscript at the annual Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards has developed an excellent track record over the years for uncovering talent (alumni include Jane Harper, Christian White, and Melanie Cheng), and so it was with some expectation that I read Kokomo by Victoria Hannan, 2019’s award recipient. I was not disappointed: this impressive debut is a finely craf…

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Mark’s Say, August 2020

by Mark Rubbo

If you’ve been a customer at Readings you’ve come across Alison Huber, either directly or indirectly. She’s been with us since 2003. For many of those years, she moonlighted from her day job as an academic at the University of Melbourne. Prior to that, she worked at the Melbourne University Book Room and the Dymocks at Melbourne Central (now gone). Bookselling just didn’t seem to let her go. In 2…

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