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Mark’s Say, October 2015

Have you noticed those cool-looking books with the yellow spine and the Text Publishing colophon? Officially known as Text Classics, at only $12.95 they’re a chance for any of us to discover our literary history and some very good books as well. The series was launched in 2012 with 30 titles and now has about 100 in print.

I asked Text publisher …

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What we’re reading: Samantha Wheeler, Denis Johnson and Vendela Vida

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on or the music we’re loving. Chris Somerville is reading Train Dreams: A Novella by Denis Johnson

I was a big fan of Denis Johnson’s Jesus' Son years ago when I read it, and possibly let it have a disastrous effect on my l…

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Dear Reader, October 2015

You could be forgiven for having no idea where to start with the books of October 2015. I mean, really – this is a bumper month. First, may I suggest you read the new work of Tony Birch? Ghost River is further testament that Melbourne has in Birch both its champion and its quintessential raconteur. It’s our book of the month.

Or perhaps you’d lik…

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