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What we’re reading: Nicholas Rombes, Lauren Sams and Jane Gleeson-White

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.

Gerard Elson is reading The Absolution of Roberto Acestes Laing by Nicholas Rombes

After a promising beginning, I was ultimately frustrated by film scholar Nicholas Rombes’ first work of literary fiction. The novel finds a journalist travellin…

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January Children’s & Young Adult Highlights

by Emily Gale

It’s great to see an author-illustrator partnership taking off and I think that’s the case with Clare Freedman and Kate Hindley. Their first book, The Great Snortle Hunt, was really good fun and several customers told me it was their pre-schooler’s favourite. The latest, Oliver and Patch, is a heart-breaker (probably more so for the adult reading it) but nicely uplifting. Warm and lively illustra…

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What books should I read before I travel to Japan?

If you’re planning a holiday to Japan you might like to consider reading one of the following books. The Guest Cat by Takashi Hiraide (translated by Eric Selland)

A couple in their thirties live in a small rented cottage in a quiet part of Tokyo, and work at home as freelance writers. They no longer have very much to say to one another. One day a cat invites itself into their small kitchen…

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Why you should keep track of every book you read

by Nina Kenwood

For the past three years, I’ve kept a record of all the books I read in an Excel spreadsheet. I note the title, author, publication date, genre, month I read the book and I give each book a letter grade (I like the report card feel of assigning a letter grade – I feel very authoritative and teacherly). I can’t remember exactly why I formed this habit, but it’s one I’ve stuck to. And now I think t…

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Every Kazuo Ishiguro novel, ranked

by Bronte Coates

In anticipation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s upcoming novel The Buried Giant – his first in ten years – Bronte Coates ranks his previous novels from worst to best. 6. The Unconsoled

A dreamlike and surreal novel about three days in the life of famous pianist Ryder The Unconsoled is undoubtedly a challenging read. While some consider the novel a masterpiece (it’s arguably Ishiguro’s most ambitious work…

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What we’re reading: Scot Gardner, Miranda July & Sonya Hartnett

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.

Emily Gale was absolutely floored by The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner and Golden Boys by Sonya Harnett

Two novels absolutely floored me this week: Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett and The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner. What they have in common is st…

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International young adult books to look forward to in 2015

by Emily Gale

Early in December the Readings children’s specialists were fortunate enough to attend ‘The Year Ahead in Youth Literature’, a preview of young adult fiction for 2015.

In part one (which you can find here) we picked out a generous handful of Australian YA to look forward to. Here’s what we’re most excited about from the international authors featured in the presentation.

All The Bright Pla

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Questions for popular authors

After the recent announcement that Haruki Murakami is starting an advice column to answer ‘questions of any kind’, we imagine it’s only a matter a time before several other authors follow suit. Here’s our top questions for them as they step out of the shadows, and into the burning fluorescent light that is the Internet.

Questions for Jonathan Franzen:

What are birds?

Questions for Cormac McCar…

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Why you should read Elena Ferrante

Here’s a collection of testimonials from Readings staff who have read, and loved, Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels: My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name and Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay.

It’s no hyperbole to say that My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name and Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay are collectively one of the greatest literary undertakings I’ve ever had the pl…

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