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What we’re reading: Fiona Wood, Ron Rash and Elena Ferrante

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 is reading Cloudwish by Fiona Wood

This week it was my pleasure to read Fiona Wood’s young adult novel, Cloudwish, the third in a series of connected stories that can be read completely independently of each other or as a set. Six I

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A mid-festival update from the Melbourne Writers Festival

Our staff have been enjoying the Melbourne Writers Festival over the past week. As the final weekend of the festival looms, here’s what we’ve loved so far, and what we’re still looking forward to. Stella Charls has seen almost everything

I’ve been helping out at the Writers Festival, and was lucky enough to park myself in the Deakin Edge theatre for pretty much the entirety of the first weeke…

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Read an extract from Last Day in the Dynamite Factory by Annah Faulkner

by Annah Faulkner

We’re delighted that Last Day in the Dynamite Factory by Annah Faulkner is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Here is a short extract from the novel. Find more information about this year’s shortlist (including the judges' report) here.

1997

Jo’s end was brutal, too, but slow. Not felled by a single blow, but eaten away, from the insid…

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Read an extract from Arms Race by Nic Low

by Nic Low

We’re delighted that Arms Race by Nic Low is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Here is a short extract from ‘Octopus’, one of the stories in the collection. Find more information about this year’s shortlist (including the judges' report) here.

At ten the sun finally sets and the pub fills up and the news comes on. It’s my round. A coup…

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Read an extract from Hot Little Hands by Abigail Ulman

by Abigail Ulman

We’re delighted that Hot Little Hands by Abigail Ulman is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Here is a short extract from ‘Chagall’s Wife’, one of the stories in the collection. Find more information about this year’s shortlist (including the judges' report) here.

I had never before bumped into a teacher on the weekend. But there he was…

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Read an extract from The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop

by Stephanie Bishop

We’re delighted that The Other Side of the World by Stephanie Bishop is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Here is a short extract from the novel. Find more information about this year’s shortlist (including the judges' report) here.

Prologue
Cambridge, 1966

She would have walked, only Henry said no. The footpaths are treacherous, he to…

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Read an extract from Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven

by Ellen van Neerven

We’re delighted that Heat and Light by Ellen van Neerven is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Here is a short extract from ‘Pearl’, one of the stories in the collection. Find more information about this year’s shortlist (including the judges' report) here.

It was a slight, old woman in a pie shop off the highway that told me who my gra…

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Read an extract from In the Quiet by Eliza Henry-Jones

by Eliza Henry-Jones

We’re delighted that In the Quiet by Eliza Henry-Jones is one of the six books shortlisted for this year’s Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction. Here is a short extract from the novel. Find more information about this year’s shortlist (including the judges' report) here.

I don’t know how I died. That’s strange, isn’t it? To be dead and know that but to not know how it happened. To not kn…

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Meet the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist 2015

We’ve announced the shortlist for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2015. Here, we introduce the six shortlisted authors. Find more information about this year’s shortlist (including the judges' report) here. Stephanie Bishop, author of The Other Side of the World

Stephanie Bishop holds a PhD from Cambridge and is currently a lecturer in creative writing at the University of Ne…

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