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A spotlight on a brilliant new Australian crime novel

by Jock Serong

Mark Brandi’s debut novel is more than atmospheric: this is visceral Australian noir. Jock Serong introduces us to the next big thing in Australian crime fiction.

Brandi is a writer who pays close attention to the physical; to the shapes and smells and sensations of the human body, set in vivid contrast to the torpor of a dead-end town. Wimmera is the story of two best friends, Ben and Fab, gr…

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The Wainwright Golden Beer Prize shortlist 2017

The Wainwright Golden Beer Book Prize is awarded annually to the book which most successfully reflects the ethos of renowned nature writer Alfred Wainwright’s work, to inspire readers to explore the outdoors and to nurture a respect for the natural world. Congratulations to the authors shortlisted for this year:

Chair of judges, Julia Bradbury comments: ‘The judges are delighted to have settled …

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An interview with a teen reader

by Ella Harris

Over the next few weeks we’re participating in a work experience program with students from high schools across Melbourne. Today, Ella Harris from Viewbank College tells us about one of her favourite books, and the mistakes adults can make in recommending a book to a teenager. How would you describe your taste in books?

I enjoy fiction far more than non-fiction, however I enjoy most genres. I…

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Join us for two free bookshop gigs at Readings St Kilda

Stop by our St Kilda shop this month to enjoy two FREE in-store performances from some of our favourite musicians.

On Saturday 8 July, local talent Dave Graney and Clare Moore will be joined by Stu Thomas to play songs from their new album, Let’s Get Tight.

Let’s Get Tight was recorded and mixed at Graney and Moore’s studio in the hills of Melbourne, the Ponderosa. Graney sings, plays elect…

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Brodie Lancaster shares her top five pop culture moments of 2017 (so far)

by Brodie Lancaster

Brodie Lancaster shares her top five pop culture moments of 2017, so far… The case of the wrong envelope at the Oscars

I don’t want Moonlight to forever be defined by what happened at the Oscars this year (even though it was one of the year’s greatest moments in pop culture) because it was such an incredible, tender, relevant piece of art. Other films I’ve loved this year are Raw, 20th Centur

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Looking ahead for the Readings Young Adult Book Prize shortlist

by Leanne Hall

How do you follow up reading a great Australian YA book? With another great #LoveOzYA read, of course… Here we take a look at what’s next for the six authors shortlisted for our Readings Young Adult Book Prize. Read more about the six shortlisted books here. And don’t forget, you can pick up the entire shortlist in a specially priced bundle ($99.99, was $116.85).

The first Boone Shepard del…

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What we’re reading: Roxane Gay, Paula Fox & G.X. Todd

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. Lian Hingee is reading Defender by G.X. Todd

A couple of weeks ago I shared my winter reading stack online, and one my friends messaged me saying: “Move Defender onto your currently reading pile NOW'. Those capital letters are verbatim which is how I knew she …

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The best books to encourage beginner readers

by Leanne Hall

Learning to read is really hard work but it can be made easier – and even fun – with a really engaging book. Here are my best suggestions for simple stories that will entertain, delight and inspire beginner readers. SIMPLE READS FOR TRUE BEGINNERS – 15 WORDS PER PAGE OR LESS

For a funny and manageable read, you can’t go past the Elephant & Piggie series by Mo Willems. These books use energe…

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