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On stories of motherhood

by Emily Harms and Chris Gordon

Emily Harms and Chris Gordon discuss two new anthologies, Mothers & Others and Mothermorphosis, featuring women writing about their experiences of being – and not being – a mother.

Chris: Reading two books about women’s experiences of motherhood back-to-back was quite engulfing. I found myself reflecting on my kids’ birth stories quite a lot. Essentially the stories and experiences, even the s…

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What we’re reading: Ben Lerner, Becky Albertalli and Erik Larson

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.

Mark Rubbo is reading Dead Wake: The Last Crossing of the Lusitania by Erik Larson

I’m reading the latest book by popular historian Erik Larson. His previous book, In the Garden of Beasts, was about Roosevelt’s Ambassador to Hitler’s Germany, …

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A note from our Readings Monthly editor

by Elke Power

It is always exciting when reviews begin to arrive for a new issue of the Readings Monthly. Volunteers to review Lisa Gorton’s first novel, The Life of Houses, for the April issue were numerous and swift. Readings Managing Director Mark Rubbo was the first to put his hand up by mere seconds and his review has reassured me that hype won’t be the agent of disappointment with this much-anticipated b…

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Three authors that remind me of Terry Pratchett

by Dani Solomon

In an attempt to cheer myself up and make myself feel a little better since my literary hero Sir Terry Pratchett passed away, I thought I’d list a few authors whose work Terry has influenced, or who simply remind me of him in their work.

Francis Hardinge

The first Francis Hardinge book I read was A Face Like Glass and the day after I finished it, I ordered every other book she’s ever written. T…

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The 2015 Indie Award Winners

The winners of the Indie Book Awards 2015 have been announced!

Each year, independent booksellers from around the nation get together and vote for their favourite titles in four different categories, as well as their favourite book overall.

Here are the winners for each category, along with comments from booksellers across Australia and thoughts from our own staff:

The Non-Fiction winner a

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Chris Gordon interviews Alice Zaslavsky

by Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon chats with local foodie Alice Zaslavsky about her new fact-filled, kid-friendly cookbook. Alice, it’s all going on for you! You must be super busy with your new book, your television show, your new business, being the face of Prahran Market – and goodness, do you have time to relax?

Ha! When you put it like that, it does sound like I should have way less time on my hands. I’m pre…

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The Readings Children’s Book Prize 2015 shortlist

We’re delighted to announce the six books shortlisted for the Readings Children’s Book Prize 2015!

The Prize recognises and celebrates Australian books that children love to read, and raises the profile of debut and on-the-rise Australian children’s book authors. The Prize judges are a panel of Readings children’s book specialists.

The six shortlisted titles are…

Rivertime by Trace Balla…

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What we’re reading: Allan Stratton, Laura van den Berg and Catherine Chanter

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.

Nina Kenwood is reading The Well by Catherine Chanter

I was handed a copy of The Well last Friday and I read it in one big gulp over the weekend. It’s a book chock-full of ideas, and interesting ones at that. The story is set in a world where …

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The Inky Awards Longlist 2015

The Centre for Youth Literature has just announced the two longlists for the Inky Awards. The Inky Awards recognise high-quality young adult literature, with the longlist and shortlist selected by young adults, and the winners voted for online by teens. There are two awards: the Gold Inky Award for an Australian book, and the Silver Inky Award for an international book. The Gold Longlist (Aus…

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