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What we’re reading: Celeste Ng, Alice Pung and Erik Jensen

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.

Alexandra Mathew is reading Laurinda by Alice Pung

I wish I’d read Alice Pung’s Laurinda eleven years ago when I was still sixteen and trying to navigate the roller coaster of emotions experienced during year ten. Although my high school was a…

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Four Australian books are becoming TV shows & films

Here are four upcoming Australian book-to-TV-&-film adaptations that have our staff excited! (Three are supported by Screen Australia and one is an overseas production…) Joe Cinque’s Consolation: A True Story of Death, Grief and the Law by Helen Garner

A film adaptation of Helen Garner’s classic true crime story has received funding from Screen Australia. Garner – who has read an early draf…

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Christmas Gift Guide: What To Buy For Hard-To-Buy-For Children and Teenagers

For a voracious reader who ploughs through everything…

Egg and Spoon by Gregory Maguire ($24.95): A rich and layered fantasy set in Tsarist Russia. Told with wry humour, this is the story of a girl from the impoverished countryside who accidentally swaps places with the daughter of a wealthy noble family.

Song For a Scarlet Runner by Julie Hunt ($15.99): The winner of the Reading Children’s…

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Four addictive literary series to read over summer

Sometimes one book just isn’t enough! Readings staff share the series they love. Neapolitan novels by Elena Ferrante (translated by Ann Goldstein)

There are four novels in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan series (the last of which will be published in 2015) but together the works read like one long master take.

Elena and Lila grow up in a neighbourhood ruled by the Camorra – where violence p…

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Martin Shaw on literary prizes

by Martin Shaw

Suddenly, it’s the end of the year and time for lots of bookish gift-giving! To help you in that regard, we’ve created a number of top ten lists in various categories from a rather wonderful year of new releases. (Find these lists here.)

Of course, these lists are intended just as much to help you with gifts to yourself, as the prospect of summer is, for many of us, a chance to tackle those book…

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Rebecca Harkins-Cross on Hilton Als

by Rebecca Harkins-Cross

‘I come from the Stanislavski school of writing,’ said Hilton Als, delivering a keynote on ‘The Role of the Critic’ in 2010. ‘You become the subject.’

A theatre critic for the New Yorker since 2002, it’s no surprise that performance metaphors abound in Als’s essays too. But the notion of the non-fiction writer embodying their subject as an actor would is radical, profoundly shifting the way we d…

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2014 ARIA Award Winners

Congratulations to the winners of the 2014 ARIA Awards!

Here is the full list of winners:

Sia, 1000 Forms of Fear
Album of the year
Best female artist
Best pop release
Best video for Chandelier (Directed by Sia and Daniel Askill)

Chet Faker, Built on Glass
Best male artist
Best independent release

Sheppard, Bombs Away
Best group

Iggy Azalea, The New Classic
Breakthrough artist

5 Seconds of

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20 Gifts under $20

We Should All be Feminists ($9.99) by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Argued in the same observant, witty and clever prose that has made Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie a best-selling novelist, here is one remarkable author’s exploration of what it means to be a woman today.

Salad Days ($9.99) by Ronnie Scott

In Salad Days, Ronnie Scott interrogates our current obsession with food – and asks whether i…

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Ask Agatha: How can I convince my housemate to let me bring a cat home?

Our wise bookseller Agatha answers all your tricky questions. If you have a question for Agatha please email askagatha@readings.com.au. I’m obsessed with the podcast Serial and am so disappointed they’re taking a break this week. But (sigh) I’ve decided to turn this event into a positive and use the time to read something that will complement my listening of it. What would you suggest?


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Our thoughts on the film adaptation of Mockingjay: Part 1

Three fans of The Hunger Games trilogy – Nina Kenwood, Chris Gordon and Bronte Coates – share their thoughts on the the most recent film adaptation, Mockingjay: Part 1.

Bronte: Okay, let’s kick this off with an easy question… How did film rate against the first two?

Chris: I loved Mockingjay: Part 1 the best of all three. I think the actors came into their own in this film and really owned th…

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