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Our 2017 Christmas Gift Guide: What to buy your parents

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. If they’re long overdue for a rest… For the parent who loves nature – Dreamscapes is a stunning and inspiring collection of more than 50 of the world’s most beautiful gardens from across the globe. Rupi Kaur is one of the most popular poets of the contemporary age. Her latest collect…

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Our 2017 Christmas Gift Guide: What to buy your children

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. GIFT IDEAS FOR AGES 0 - 2

In the first year of a baby’s life, you can’t go wrong with a cloth or board book. In A Tiny Little Story: Park and A Tiny Little Story: Zoo, Baby Boo goes on relatable excursions using in basic language and bold illustrations. You can find plenty more sug…

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

The Getaway (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 12) by Jeff Kinney La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust Book 1) by Philip Pullman Bad Dad by David Walliams and Tony Ross Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend Turtles All the Way Down by John Green Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley The Very No

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Mark Rubbo chats with Peter Carey

by Mark Rubbo

Our Managing Director Mark Rubbo chats with Man Booker prize winning author Peter Carey about his . A large part of A Long Way from Home takes place during one of the famous round-Australia endurance races of the late 50s, commonly referred to as the Redex Trial. Your descriptions of this race have an authenticity to them that thrills. What kind of research did you undertake to make these scen…

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What we’re reading: Katherine Heiny, Carmen Maria Machado & Tony Tan

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. Bel Monypenny is reading Single, Carefree, Mellow by Katherine Heiny

Katherine Heiny’s first book Single, Carefree, Mellow is the most hilarious read I’ve had in a long time. This collection of short stories examines the complexities of love, betrayal and loss…

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Australian literary blockbusters of 2017

This past year has seen new fiction from a number of multi-award-winning and bestselling authors including crime thrillers, sweeping sagas, strange and mysterious tales, gripping historical novels, stunning story collections and more. Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk returns in another addictive crime thriller from Jane Harper. Five women reluctantly head out o…

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The best picture books to gift at Christmas time

by Bronte Coates

Here is a collection of our favourite picture books that celebrate Christmas. Dreaming of a White Christmas… From inside Pick a Pine Tree Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht and Jarvis – This book is an ideal read-aloud with rhythmic, rolling text that describes the process of decorating a pine tree and a glorious double page spread of the final decorations that requires you tip the book…

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We rave about La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

Our booksellers rave about Philip Pullman’s blistering, brilliant new fantasy adventure, La Belle Sauvage – the first book in The Book of Dust trilogy. Set 10 years before Pullman’s original His Dark Materials trilogy, this thrilling adventure sees two young people embark on a dangerous trip to save a baby named Lyra whose life is under threat by various shadowy forces.

‘Lyra, a baby with mys…

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We chat with Pilgrim Lee about her gorgeous new picture book

by Leanne Hall

Pilgrim Lee is a super-talented designer and illustrator, and she just happens to work at our Readings Kids shop. We chat to her about her debut picture book, The 12 Days of Christmas. How did you approach presenting a traditional Christmas carol in a modern picture book?

Initially the illustrations were just a fun self-initiated project. I’ve always loved the imagery of the song and it seeme…

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