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Read your way through the Melbourne Writers Festival

The Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) kicks off today and runs for ten days (21 - 31 August). Here’s our recommended reading list to read your way through the festival!

This House of Grief: The Story of a Murder Trial by Helen Garner

As Helen Garner will be giving the opening address of this year’s festival (find out more here), it seems fitting to start with her utterly compelling new narra…

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Children & young adult books highlights for August

by Emily Gale

I’m passionate about picture books and this month there are several stand-outs. From Bob Graham, a story with plenty to say in a few carefully chosen words and his trademark style: Vanilla Ice Cream. The worlds of a tiny sparrow from India and a little girl in Australia collide in slow motion to show us the beauty of a big wide world and the joy of tiny connective moments within it.

Melbourne ar…

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Ask Agatha: Books to make you seem smarter and the ideal Agatha Christie reader

The latest installment of our book advice column where you can ask our wise bookseller Agatha all your tricky (book-related) questions. Agatha, I have a question about your namesake, Agatha Christie. Where do I start? Are her books an acquired taste or can you jump straight in? Who is the ideal ‘Agatha Christie’ reader?

Well, I daresay it’s lovely to get a question about my namesake. I have l…

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The winners of the 2014 CBCA Awards

The Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) have announced their Book of the Year Award winners for 2014! Congratulations to all the authors, illustrators and publishers.

Here is the full list of winners and honour books in each category:

Older Readers: Wildlife by Fiona Wood

Honour books:

Fairytales for Wilde Girls by Allyse Near The Sky so Heavy by Claire Zorn Younger Readers: A Ve

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What we’re reading

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 is reading Bad Feminist by Roxane Gay

Roxane Gay is little known here in Australia, but she’s a rising literary star in the US (a quick Google search will reveal feature articles on her in the New York Times, Washington Post, Guardian, T

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Triple R Radiothon 2014: Local and Vocal – subscribe and be heard

The Triple R Radiothon is back on for 2014!

This year Triple R are getting back to basics and celebrating the core values that the station were founded on in 1976 that remain every bit as relevant thirty-eight years later – the things that make Triple R unique!

These values are reflected in Triple R’s local focus and independence. The station’s volunteer broadcasters remain free to be voca…

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Our top picks for Melbourne Festival

Here are our top picks for what to see at the Melbourne Festival this year!

Bronte Coates is intrigued by Marzo.

My normal response to people in masks is a straight-up nope! But Marzo has managed to draw me in somehow. Co-created by Dewey Dell (an Italian artists' collective), Yuichi Yokoyama (a manga artist) and Kuro Tanino (the Artistic Director of Japanese theatre company Niwagekidan Penin…

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Read the first two chapters of The Rosie Effect by Graeme Simsion

Here at Readings we’re extremely excited for the October release of The Rosie Effect. Now, you can download and read the first two chapters!

In Graeme Simsion’s sequel to his bestselling and award-winning romantic comedy, The Rosie Project, Don Tillman and Rosie Jarman are now married and living in New York. Don has been teaching while Rosie completes her second year at Columbia Medical School. …

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What I Loved: Lean on Pete by Willy Vlautin

by Alison Huber

One of the highlights of my reading year so far has been Willy Vlautin’s novel The Free. The book draws together the stories of three characters – an Iraq War veteran who attempts to take his own life; a nurse at the hospital where he is treated; and the night caretaker at the group home where he has been living – with quiet attention and compassion, but never with sentimentality or pity. It’s ex…

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