Lian Hingee

Lian Hingee is digital marketing manager at Readings. She’s been working in books for twenty years.

Blog post — 23 Nov 2023

Passive aggressive gift guide

The festive season is upon us, and with it comes celebrations and gifts and forced socialisation with people you definitely don't see eye to eye with. Grit your teeth and…

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Blog post — 23 Oct 2023

Contemporary classics to gift a new baby

So your best friend/sibling/cousin/workmate/neighbour/casual acquaintance is having a baby. Books make the ideal keepsake gift, but before you accidentally buy them their seventh copy of The Very Hungry Caterpillar or…

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Review — 25 Sep 2023

Everyone On This Train Is a Suspect by Benjamin Stevenson

Benjamin Stevenson’s bestselling novel Everyone In My Family Has Killed Someone was a comedic delight: Agatha Christie meets Knives Out via a distinctly Australian first-person narrator.

In Everyone On This

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Review — 25 Sep 2023

The Opposite of Success by Eleanor Elliott Thomas

I was on page two of Eleanor Elliott Thomas’s debut novel The Opposite of Success when I laughed out loud for the first time. By page five, I was reading…

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Review — 31 Jul 2023

My Husband by Maud Ventura & Emma Ramadan (trans.)

A few years ago every second domestic thriller came out with breathless marketing comparing it to Gillian Flynn’s bestselling blockbuster Gone Girl. But few (if any) managed to capture…

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Review — 3 Jul 2023

Lioness by Emily Perkins

New Zealand author Emily Perkins’ fierce novel, Lioness, is about what lies beneath the polished veneer of a woman whose charmed life is beginning to unravel.

Therese Thorne has a…

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Review — 30 May 2023

Blackwater by Jacqueline Ross

Less than two years after meeting and falling in love with a mysterious and much-older man, a young bride is brought home to his huge and isolated manor…

Set in…

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Review — 23 Apr 2023

Death of a Bookseller by Alice Slater

If you’ve picked up Death of a Bookseller hoping for a cosy crime read featuring a bespectacled protagonist with a penchant for cardigans, you will be sadly disappointed. If, however…

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Review — 27 Mar 2023

The Tea Ladies by Amanda Hampson

It’s 1965. The western world is gripped by anti-communism; Jean Shrimpton has scandalised society by wearing a minidress to the Melbourne Cup; and in Sydney’s Surry Hills garment district, a…

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Review — 30 Jan 2023

A Routine Infidelity by Elizabeth Coleman

With the current state of the world right now, it’s no wonder that the cosy crime genre is having a real moment. From Richard Osman’s bestselling Thursday Murder Club series…

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