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What we’re reading: Cho Nam-Joo, Steph Cha & Carmen Maria Machado

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. Bronte Coates is reading Kim Jiyoung, Born 1982 by Cho Nam-Joo (translated by Jamie Chang) (available late February)

I’ve been lucky enough to get my hands on an early copy of this novel from South Korean writer Cho Nam-Joo. The story of an ‘o…

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Australian books to get excited about in the first half of 2020

Here is a round-up previewing some most exciting local releases for the first half of 2020! Please note, this list is incomplete, but we do hope it reflects the wide array of titles on offer for the year. FICTION The Paris Model by Alexandra Joel (January) The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld (February) The Tiniest House of Time by Sreedhevi Iyer (February) Fauna by Donna Mazza (February) Dental Tou

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Five reasons to reread Wolf Hall & Bring Up The Bodies

by Amanda Rayner

The Mirror and the Light, the long-awaited final novel of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy, will be released on 3 March, 2020.

If you are new to the series you can find a beginner’s guide here.

If you have already read the first two novels of the series, you may be thinking about jumping into the third one straight away. However unless you are one of those people who have read each novel three…

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A beginner’s guide to Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall trilogy

by Amanda Rayner

With the imminent release of The Mirror and the Light, Hilary Mantel’s long-awaited sequel to Wolf Hall and Bring up the Bodies, our resident Tudor nut and Returns Officer Amanda Rayner has compiled a brief Q&A for newcomers to the series. What is the Wolf Hall trilogy?

The Wolf Hall trilogy is comprised of three books: Wolf Hall (2009), Bring up the Bodies (2012) and The Mirror and the Light

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Teens respond to our literary anxieties

As part of this month’s meeting with the Readings Teen Advisory Board we chatted about ‘literary anxieties’ and how to deal with them. Here’s what they said. I have this book I really, truly, utterly love, but I’m embarrassed to tell people because a lot of others look down on it… What should I do?

‘Go online and find that one niche page on Reddit/Tumblr where all of the people in the same bo…

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Kids books that highlight Australia’s unique wildlife

by Leanne Hall

Australia is the home of so much valuable, unique and vulnerable wildlife. With recent bushfires highlighting the urgent need to protect and preserve our animal populations, here are some of our favourite children’s books that show love for Australian wildlife.

Fauna: Australia’s Most Curious Creatures by Tania McCartney

This attractive illustrated guide is the perfect introduction to Aust…

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Join a book club at Readings in 2020

Readings hosts a number of book clubs at three of our stores: Readings State Library, Readings St Kilda, and Readings Doncaster. Bookings for 2020 have just opened, so please read on to find out about the different book clubs on offer, and how to sign up. BOOK CLUBS AT READINGS STATE LIBRARY

Readings State Library runs four adult book clubs. All groups meet monthly in the shop to discuss a

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas Bruny by Heather Rose The Weekend by Charlotte Wood Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (translated by Geoffrey Trousselot) Such a Fun Age by Kiley Reid No One Is Too Small to Make a Difference by Greta Thunberg Boy Swallows Universe by Trent Dal…

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What we’re reading: Lara Prescott, Kassia St Clair & Emma Forrest

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. Rosalind McClintock is reading Royals by Emma Forrest

Emma Forrest’s Royals is a book that twirls you around, swings you up into the air and then fells you at the knees, before pulling you up and doing it all again. It is a tale as old as time…

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