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What we’re reading: Katherine Heiny, Carmen Maria Machado & Tony Tan

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. Bel Monypenny is reading Single, Carefree, Mellow by Katherine Heiny

Katherine Heiny’s first book Single, Carefree, Mellow is the most hilarious read I’ve had in a long time. This collection of short stories examines the complexities of love, betrayal and loss…

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Mark Rubbo chats with Peter Carey

by Mark Rubbo

Our Managing Director Mark Rubbo chats with Man Booker prize winning author Peter Carey about his . A large part of A Long Way from Home takes place during one of the famous round-Australia endurance races of the late 50s, commonly referred to as the Redex Trial. Your descriptions of this race have an authenticity to them that thrills. What kind of research did you undertake to make these scen…

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We rave about La Belle Sauvage by Philip Pullman

Our booksellers rave about Philip Pullman’s blistering, brilliant new fantasy adventure, La Belle Sauvage – the first book in The Book of Dust trilogy. Set 10 years before Pullman’s original His Dark Materials trilogy, this thrilling adventure sees two young people embark on a dangerous trip to save a baby named Lyra whose life is under threat by various shadowy forces.

‘Lyra, a baby with mys…

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Australian literary blockbusters of 2017

This past year has seen new fiction from a number of multi-award-winning and bestselling authors including crime thrillers, sweeping sagas, strange and mysterious tales, gripping historical novels, stunning story collections and more. Force of Nature by Jane Harper

Federal Police Agent Aaron Falk returns in another addictive crime thriller from Jane Harper. Five women reluctantly head out o…

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The best picture books to gift at Christmas time

by Bronte Coates

Here is a collection of our favourite picture books that celebrate Christmas. Dreaming of a White Christmas… From inside Pick a Pine Tree Pick a Pine Tree by Patricia Toht and Jarvis – This book is an ideal read-aloud with rhythmic, rolling text that describes the process of decorating a pine tree and a glorious double page spread of the final decorations that requires you tip the book…

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We chat with Pilgrim Lee about her gorgeous new picture book

by Leanne Hall

Pilgrim Lee is a super-talented designer and illustrator, and she just happens to work at our Readings Kids shop. We chat to her about her debut picture book, The 12 Days of Christmas. How did you approach presenting a traditional Christmas carol in a modern picture book?

Initially the illustrations were just a fun self-initiated project. I’ve always loved the imagery of the song and it seeme…

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders Force of Nature by Jane Harper A Long Way from Home by Peter Carey A Season with Richmond by Konrad Marshall The General by Luke Hodge Two Kinds of Truth by Michael Connelly Working Class Man by Jimmy Barnes The Dry by Jane Harper The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson First Person by Richard Flanagan

Our bestselling book of last week is Linc

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Sweet DIY gift ideas for Christmas

by Lian Hingee

It’s always wonderful to receive a handmade gift for Christmas, and if you’re planning to wrap up some home-made pressies for under the tree this year it’s definitely not too soon to start planning. Our range of craft books offer inspiration, tips and techniques for everything from knitting and sewing to woodworking and even taxidermy (if that’s your thing). Find some of our favourites below. …

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Vote for your favourite books, music, film and TV of the year

Every year, we share our picks for the best books, music, film and TV shows of the year, as voted for by our staff (we’ll be announcing the selection for 2017 on Friday 17 November). This year, we also want to know our customers' favourites.

Tell us the best thing you read, watched and listened to this year!

On our voting form, we’re asking for your favourite fiction, non-fiction, young adult, …

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