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The best new crime reads of January and February

by Fiona Hardy

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH Two Girls Down by Louisa Luna

Jamie Brandt has just about had enough of her two girls – in the same way any parent who loves their kids can also tire of them after a long week – when she leaves them in the car outside Kmart to pick something up. But by the time she gets back to her car, they are both gone. And so Jamie’s aunt hires Alice Vega – private detective, finde…

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What our Teen Advisory Board have been reading over summer

With the summer holidays behind us and the new year raring to go, our Teen Advisory Board have been very busy reflecting on the past year and looking forward to some new and forthcoming novels. Find out what they’ve been reading below.

Grace Best book read in 2018

The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society by Mary Ann Shaffer and Annie Barrows. I was in awe of the authors’ creativit…

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Mark’s Say, February 2019

by Mark Rubbo

A recent study by the Authors Guild in the United States has shown that the median income for writers in the US dropped 42% between 2009 and 2017. The director of the Authors Guild, Mary Rasenberger, said that in the mid-twentieth century a good literary fiction author could earn a middle-class living just by writing. Royalties and advances are down almost 30% and other sources of income from new…

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The International Dylan Thomas Prize longlist 2019

The longlist for this year’s International Dylan Thomas Prize has been announced.

This Prize is run in partnership with Swansea University and is awarded to the best literary work in the English language written by an author aged 39 and under. The winning author will receive £30,000.

The 12 longlisted titles are…

Friday Black by Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah Hold by Michael Donkor How the Light Ge

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

No Friend but the Mountains by Behrouz Boochani, translated by Omid Tofighian Ottolenghi Simple by Yotam Ottolenghi Say Hello by Carly Findlay The Fast 800 by Michael Mosley Dark Emu by Bruce Pascoe The Madonna of the Mountains by Elise Valmorbida Normal People by Sally Rooney Becoming by Michelle Obama Any Ordinary Day by Leigh Sales Less by Andrew Sean Greer

Detained Kurdish journalist Behro…

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Story time at Readings in 2019

Readings is pleased to offer a free weekly half-hour children’s story time at our Kids, Doncaster, and Malvern stores.

Here are the details of the story time sessions at each store:

Readings Kids
315 Lygon Street, Carlton
10am - 10.30am, Fridays

Readings Doncaster
Ground level, Westfield Doncaster, 619 Doncaster Road, Doncaster
10am - 10.30am, Fridays

Readings Malvern
185 Glenferrie Road, Ma…

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What we’re reading: Lang Leav, Andy Miller and Naomi Novik

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. Tracy Hwang is reading Sea of Strangers by Lang Leav

This was my first dive into Lang Leav’s poetry. Leav’s poems are simply expressed, but extremely heartfelt and poignant, making Sea of Strangers a good collection for first readers of poetry. What surprised …

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Cookbook trends to look forward to in 2019

by Chris Gordon

As world politics bring more despair to us all, our yearning for the simple things in life like meals with family and friends will increase. We will look for ways to make our life easier and more considerate. Consequently, the food we prepare will be kind to the environment and nurturing to our souls. This year the flavours will be unpretentious, the ingredients will be local and you will be usin…

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The most anticipated books of 2019

by Alison Huber

Dear Reader,

You probably know a person or two who was born in 1969. This year, much to their surprise I’m sure, they will find that they turn fifty, just as Readings will. Also turning fifty in 2019 are Margaret Atwood’s brilliant first novel, The Edible Woman, Kurt Vonnegut’s metafiction classic, Slaughterhouse Five, Maya Angelou’s groundbreaking literary memoir, I Know Why the Caged Bird Sin

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