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Translated books we loved in 2017

Our staff share some of their favourite translated books from the past year.

‘I have been collecting titles from the Penguin China Specials and The Hong Kong Penguin Specials series fanatically! Some of these bitesize books are translated and some are written in original English.

A translated favourite is Dung Kai-Cheung’s Cantonese Love Stories – a collection of 25 short stories so brief the…

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The Readings Foundation grant recipients for 2018

by Leanne Hall

The Readings Foundation has announced $184,692 worth of grants to support a range of projects and organisations within Victoria in 2018.

The Readings Foundation assists Victorian organisations that support the development of literacy, community integration and the arts. Readings donates 10% of its overall profit to the Foundation each year, and the kind donations from Readings’ customers make a …

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My London inspired reading list

by Ann Le Lievre

Schools and library liaison Ann Le Lievre shares the books she’s hoping to get stuck into over summer.

I spent four weeks in London earlier this year and it was a life-changing experience. It was my first overseas trip for a very long time, and the simple act of walking the city streets brought me into contact with views of the landscape, buildings and history in ways that I cannot begin to ex…

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Five​ ​books​ ​I​ ​couldn’t ​get​ ​out​ ​of​ ​my​ ​head in 2017

by Ellen Cregan

Doncaster bookseller Ellen Cregan shares five books that she read this year – and still can’t get out of her head. My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

This is a tough book to read. Turtle is 14 and lives in rural California with her doomsday prepping father from which she suffers sexual abuse and terrifying mood swings, often escaping into the woods to avoid him. She is an outcast at sch…

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Our best bargain picks for Christmas gifts

by Mark Rubbo

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. Here is a list of great books available at super special prices. Keating by Kerry O'Brien $16.95 (was $49.99)

Sadly, they don’t make politicians like this any more – so here is the next best thing. Keating is the life of one of Australia’s most intriguing public figures, former Prime…

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Graphic novels & comics we loved in 2017

Our staff share some of their favourite comics and graphic novels from the past year.

‘Like many of my colleagues at Readings, I absolutely adored Eyes Too Dry, the collaborative graphic novel from Alice Chipkin and Jessica Tavassoli. This work is so heartfelt, and I found myself revisiting various sections over the course of the year, long after I’d finished reading the book in its entirety. …

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Our children’s and YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

No One Likes a Fart by Zoë Foster Blake Bad Dad by David Walliams and Tony Ross La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust Book 1) by Philip Pullman Here We Are: Notes for Living on Planet Earth by Oliver Jeffers Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend The Getaway (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 12) by Jeff Kinney Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo Th

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A monthly update from our Teen Advisory Board

by Angela Crocombe

This month was a busy one for the teens, with many facing end of year exams. However, for those who were able to attend our meeting we had a fascinating visit from Jane Pearson, senior editor at Text Publishing.

Jane talked about the skills needed to see the potential in manuscripts when considering the possibility of publication, and the main elements that need to be in place for a successful b…

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Anti-Christmas reads for Grinches

If even the slightest whisper of Christmas cheer feels like fingernails grinding on a a chalkboard then these are the books for you. This list has it all – cults, creepy children, grisly medical operations, frightening dystopian visions of the future, families murdering their own – and you can find even more recommendations in the collection below. Idaho by Emily Ruskovich

One hot August da…

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