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Five new books that challenge the status quo

The following five books all challenge certain accepted truths. Angela Saini and Carina Chocano dig into questions of gender identity, Indigenous editor Shireen Morris shows us to think more deeply about constitutional recognition, Julian Burnside demystifies legal principles being thrown around in today’s politics, and Tim Flannery makes a case for us to not lose hope over climate change. I

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For a provocative discussion… Vengeance is Mine, All Others Pay Cash by Eka Kurniawan (translated by Annie Tucker)

Eka Kurniawan’s English-language debut, Beauty Is a Wound, was released to much acclaim in 2015, introducing the Indonesian writer to a whole new audience. Told in short, cinematic bursts, his follow-up is gloriously pulpy as it continues to explore familiar themes of female agen…

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10 meownificent picture books about cats

by Leanne Hall

Cats make truly excellent characters in picture books, due to their natural charisma, sinuous curves, acrobatic moves and unique life outlook. Here are our favourite picture books for feline admirers. (Do you also love dogs? Find 10 pawsome picture books about dogs here.) Blue Ethel by Jennifer Black Reinhardt

Ethel the cat is initially embarrassed when she accidentally dyes her fur a diff…

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10 pawsome picture books about dogs

by Leanne Hall

Dogs make truly excellent characters in picture books, due to their superior handsomeness, poor impulse control, waggy tails and co-dependency. Here are our favourite picture books for canine appreciators. (Do you also love cats? Find 10 meownificent picture books about cats here.) Poor Louie by Tony Fucile

Anxious chihuahua Louie finds himself losing attention and space to the growing tri…

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Indigenous Australian voices & stories to read this month

We’re pleased to have a host of books exploring Indigenous culture and perspectives out this month – including compelling fiction from two award-winning authors, a revitalising collection of essays from Indigenous voices, and a vibrant board book from a first-time children’s author. Common People by Tony Birch

Tony Birch is a much-loved author here at Readings, and so we’re delighted to hav…

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The best new crime reads of the month

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH And Fire Came Down by Emma Viskic

Since Emma Viskic’s debut novel Resurrection Bay took out two of Australia’s biggest crime awards – the Ned Kelly Award for Best First Fiction and a slew of Davitt Awards – readers have been waiting for the sequel. Here it is: a spectacular return to the world of the brittle Caleb Zelic, a private investigator whose office has been m…

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

Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee The Wayward Witch and the Feelings Monster (Polly and Buster Book 1) by Sally Rippin In My Heart by Jo Witek and Christine Roussey In My Room by Jo Witek and Christine Roussey The World’s Worst Children 2 by David Walliams and Tony Ross Bitter Enemies (F

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Five book-to-film adaptations worth watching

by Danielle Roche

Book-to-film adaptations can be contentious, and especially if you feel a lot of affection for the original story. Here, our work experience student Danielle Roche reflects on what makes a good adaptation work, and shares five of her favourites.

Whenever a new trailer for an upcoming film that’s based on a book I’ve read is released, I always feel a rush of excitement in the lead up, waiting t…

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Anna George on sleep debt in The Lone Child

by Anna George

Author Anna George reflects on how a lack of sleep informed her second novel, The Lone Child – a gripping, atmospheric story of early motherhood. We recently interviewed George over on the Readings Podcast. You can listen to our conversation with her here.

I’d never heard of a sleep debt until after I was seriously in the red – having spent months sleeping four or five hours a night. I now kn…

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