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What we’re reading: Slate, Wilson & Meyer

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. Jason Austin is reading The Son by Philipp Meyer

I’ve had a copy of The Son by Philipp Meyer sitting on my ‘to read’ bookcase for a while. I’ve been prompted to get on to it as it was adapted into a TV series last year starring Pierce Brosnan,…

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Our 2019 Christmas gift guides

As Christmas draws ever-nearer, we will be sharing a range of carefully curated gift guides featuring hand-picked recommendations from our staff. Keep an eye on this page as we’ll be adding to our list throughout the coming weeks.

GIFT IDEAS FOR FAMILY AND FRIENDS… 100 great reads from Australian women & gender diverse authors in 2019 The best smart summer reads of the year The most talked-abo

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Ilka Tampke wins the Most Underrated Book Award 2019

Ilka Tampke has been named the winner of year’s Most Underrated Book Award (MUBA) for her gripping historical novel, Songwoman.

Set in Iron-Age Britain in the middle of the Roman invasion, Songwoman is an evocative imagining of ancient British history told through the perspective of the enigmatic Ailia. With evocations of Arthurian legend and Celtic mythology, Songwoman blends all the pleasurabl…

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The most talked-about books of 2019

With the end of 2019 drawing ever-nearer, we look back at some of the biggest and buzziest books of the past months. Here are 21 of the most talked-about books of the year, and you can find even more by browsing the collection below. Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe

Dark Emu puts forward an argument for a reconsideration of the hunter-gatherer tag for pre-colonial Aboriginal Australians. The eviden…

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Books for Harry Potter fans (that aren’t Harry Potter)

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. The Harry Potter books inspire so much love and devotion that they’re an extremely hard reading act to follow. Luckily for you we’ve compiled a list of our sure-fire post-Harry fantasy series to read. The Worldquake Sequence

You never really know how it’s going to turn out when an ac…

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The 2019 winners of the National Book Awards

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s National Book Awards. Fiction

The 2019 winner is Trust Exercise by Susan Choi.

In their first term at a highly competitive performing arts high school, two students, Sarah and David, fall deeply and obsessively in love. Under the care of their magnetic and manipulative drama instructor Mr. Kingsley, they and their peers exist in a rarefied bubb…

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Meet the bookseller with Pia Spreadborough

Pia Spreadborough has worked at Readings since 2010, moonlighting at various stores, managing book launches and more. She now works in the Readings warehouse as a member of our busy online dispatch and receiving teams. Here, she chats about books and what happens when you turn feminism into a commodity, and shares the disaster artists she’d invite to a dinner party. What is your favourite part…

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20 gifts under $20

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Here are 20 gift ideas under $20, perfect for office Kris Kringles and other Christmas needs. Find even more budget-friendly suggestions by browsing the collections below. Before the Coffee Gets Cold by Toshikazu Kawaguchi (translated by Geoffrey Trousselot)

In a small back alley in …

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Our 2019 Christmas Gift Guide: The hard-to-buy-for grown-up edition

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. The friend who has everything… Your friend has everything huh? Well… We bet they don’t have An Underground Guide to Sewers! Featuring infographics and odd facts, this surprisingly beautiful book will transport them into the surreal world underneath our cities.

If your friend is known …

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Superpower: Australia’s Low-Carbon Opportunity by Ross Garnaut Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas Peace by Garry Disher Yellow Notebook: Diaries Volume One, 1978-1987 by Helen Garner Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe The Anarchy by William Dalrymple Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo Westwind by Ian Rankin The Weekend by Charlotte Wood

November new releases have had a…

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