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10 blockbuster reads in September

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye by David Lagercrantz (translated by George Goulding)

The Girl Who Takes an Eye for an Eye is the fifth book in the Millennium series, and the second from David Lagercrantz. In this instalment, Lisbeth Salander has been sentenced to two months prison, which almost proves a welcome diversion for someone with her skill set. Meanwhile, her friend and partner Mi…

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What we’re reading: Gabriel Tallent, Anne Buist & Graeme Simsion

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. Ellen Cregan is reading My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

This week I read the debut novel from American newcomer, Gabriel Tallent. This is the sort of book I wish I’d been able to read as part of a book club, because I have so many feelings about it. The…

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Baillie Gifford Prize longlist 2017

The £30,000 Baillie Gifford prize (formerly known as the Samuel Johnson prize) is the UK’s most prestigious award for nonfiction writing. It covers all non-fiction in the areas of current affairs, history, politics, science, sport, travel, biography, autobiography and the arts.

This year’s longlist has recently been announced. Here is the longlist in full:

Red Famine: Stalin’s War on Ukraine b…

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Which naughty character from children’s literature are you?

We have a soft spot for naughty characters in children’s books, and we suspect we’re not alone. Take our quiz to find out which naughty kidslit character you are. Grab a sheet of paper, write down the letters of your chosen answers and then tally them up before scrolling down to find out your results. QUESTION 1. WHAT’S YOUR FAVOURITE FOOD?

A. You have a delicious bat-ear and monster-tail …

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We test out recipes from Ostro

Earlier this week we roadtested different recipes from Julia Busuttil Nishimura’s new cookbook, Ostro, and invited Julia herself to come in and select the best one. Here are the results of our office cook-off… Anthony Shaw made ‘Buttery leek soup topped with apple, pancetta and sage’ (pg. 103):

When I chose this recipe, I was thinking that it might be a mistake and that being spring in Me…

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A round-up of items from #authorsforasylum

We have been so impressed to see Australian authors come forward to raise funds for the Asylum Seeker Resource Centre (ASRC) as part of the ‘Authors for Asylum’ campaign on Twitter.

This campaign was started by author Zana Fraillon, who earlier this year won the inaugural Readings Young Adult Book Prize for her timely, gutsy and gorgeously story of a 10-year-old Rohingyar refugee born in a deten…

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Extinctions by Josephine Wilson wins the 2017 Miles Franklin Literary Award

Josephine Wilson has been named the winner of this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award for her second novel, Extinctions!

Humorous and poignant, Extinctions is a story about all kinds of extinction – natural, racial, national and personal – and what we can do to prevent them.

The Miles Franklin judges say Extinctions is a ‘compassionate and unapologetically intelligent novel that explores agei…

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Discover Indigenous Australian voices & stories

Wednesday 6 September is Indigenous Literacy Day and Readings is donating 10% of funds from books sold in our shops to the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF). (Find out more here.) This means that this is the perfect time to seek out stories from Indigenous Australians.

We’ve compiled some collections of books, music, film and TV from Indigenous Australians – for all ages and all kinds of tast…

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A letter from Mark Rubbo on Indigenous Literacy Day

by Mark Rubbo

Dear friends,

Today is Indigenous Literacy Day. I am writing to you to seek your support for the work the Indigenous Literacy Foundation (ILF) does to foster literacy in remote communities around Australia.

The ILF achieves their goal through three programs: Book Supply which supplies age and culturally relevant new books to over 250 remote communities each year; Book Buzz which is an early lit…

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The bestselling books at Melbourne Writers Festival 2017

We were delighted to be the official booksellers at this year’s Melbourne Writers Festival. Congratulations to the Festival team on another wonderful, thought-provoking year.

Here is a list of the top 20 bestselling books from the Festival…

1. Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race by Reni Eddo-Lodge
2. Inglorious Empire by Shashi Tharoor
3. Taboo by Kim Scott
4. Utopia for Realists

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