Our latest blog posts

Six favourite picture books about birthdays and growing older

When you’re small, the joyful anticipation of a birthday can almost eclipse the day itself. The fevered countdown, the imaginative planning of party guests, festive food, and wish-worthy gifts; It’s about living in the magic of possibility, more than the day’s realities. Below are some of our favourite books for toddlers to young children about the joy of a special day and what it means to be a …

Read more ›

What we’re reading: Hall, Thorne & Welsh

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. Gabrielle Williams is reading The Gaps by Leanne Hall

I’m reading The Gaps by Leanne Hall. Full disclosure, Leanne is a friend and a work colleague so of course you’d expect me to say great things about her book! But I love The Gaps for all k…

Read more ›

Recommended kids books for March

by Leanne Hall

We’ve got gentle and courageous heroes galore in this month’s new releases, from fantasy classics to school stories, ship-bound mysteries to Bronze Age adventures. Find our recommended March YA books for March here. KIDS BOOK OF THE MONTH

The Edge of Thirteen by Nova Weetman

Clem Timmins can’t wait to see her best friends after summer holidays. But when they get back together, things h…

Read more ›

Recommended YA books for March

by Leanne Hall

This month we have unique time-travelling mash-ups, a sparkling enemies-to-lovers story, contemporary stories of grief, loss and mental health, the graphic novel adaptation of an award-winning novel, a guide to youth activism and more. Find our March picks for kids books here. YA BOOK OF THE MONTH

The Gaps by Leanne Hall

When sixteen-year-old Yin Mitchell is abducted, the news reverber…

Read more ›

The Women’s Prize for Fiction longlist 2021

The longlist for the 2021 Women’s Prize for Fiction has been announced!

The Women’s Prize for Fiction celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. The winner receives a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze known as a ‘Bessie’, created and donated by the artist Grizel Niven. Both are anonymously endowed.

Chair of judges and novelis…

Read more ›

Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For book clubs who know fact is stranger than fiction… The Believer by Sarah Krasnostein

What do we believe? Who do we believe? Why do we believe? Sarah Krasnostein spent the last four years in Australia and the US talking to some extraordinary people-people holding fast to belief, even as it rubs against the grain of more accepted realities. Some of them believe in things most people don’t. …

Read more ›

Translated fiction to read this month

If you enjoy broadening your cultural horizons through the power of literature, here are some of our favourite recent translated novels from around the world.

Fog by Kaja Malanowska (translated by Bill Johnston)

When a woman is found murdered in her Warsaw apartment, the investigating detectives - Marcin Sawicki and his new colleague, the talented Ada Rochniewicz - are under pressure to cl…

Read more ›

The best food & gardening books of the month

by Chris Gordon

One: Pot, Pan, Planet by Anna Jones

It seems to me that every Readings staff member has a favourite Anna Jones recipe, and for excellent reason – her instructions on cooking vegetarian meals are simple, elegant and delicious. A regular writer for the Guardian, Jones trained under Jamie Oliver and is committed to creating meals that are sustainable and stylish. Her new collection, One, features…

Read more ›

Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro

One: pot, pan, planet by Anna Jones

As Swallows Fly by L. P. McMahon

Transient Desires by Donna Leon

Chasing the McCubbin by Sandi Scaunich

Believer by Sarah Krasnostein

The Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

Reset by Ross Garnaut

The Performance by Claire Thomas

Growing Up Disabled in Australia edited by Carly Findlay

Our bestseller from the past week is Klara

Read more ›