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Ferdinand von Schirach

by Johanna Adorján

Johanna Adorján, author of An Exclusive Love and editor of the culture section of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, interviews Ferdinand von Schirach about Crime - his book of short stories, inspired by his time as a criminal defense attorney.

The Berlin criminal defense attorney Ferdinand von Schirach has joined the ranks of writers with his first book of short stories. A conversation about the

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David Vann

by Jo Case

Jo Case interviews the renowned author of Legend of a Suicide about his debut novel, Caribou Island which The Australian said honours ‘his promise as one of the most exciting writers at work today’, the New York Times said was ‘beautifully written’ and Readings staff member Jason Austin called ‘powerful and moving’.

You draw on elements from life for your fiction, but create your own characters

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Gail Jones

by Fiona McGregor

Gail Jones is one of Australia’s most loved and respected writers, renowned for both her novels and her short stories (gathered in two collections). And her critical acclaim can be measured by the long list of prizes, both Australian and international, that she’s either won or been shortlisted for – including three shortlistings for the Miles Franklin, two longlistings for the Orange Prize, and

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Lloyd Jones

by Geordie Williamson

Lloyd Jones has been a big name in his native New Zealand for over a decade, but he became internationally renowned with the Booker-shortlisted Mister Pip in 2008. His latest novel, the confronting and affecting Hand Me Down World looks set to repeat his success. The Australian’s Geordie Williamson spoke to Lloyd Jones for Readings.

Forgive me if I’m particularly dozy,’ says Lloyd Jones when I r…

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David Michôd, Writer/Director of Animal Kingdom

by Gerard Elson, DVD Specialist at Readings St Kilda

18 AFI award nominations isn’t bad going for your first feature film, and with Animal Kingdom David Michôd has achieved just that. Motivated by Melbourne’s bleak gangland history, the film inducts audiences into a pride of backbiting career criminals – Ben Mendelsohn, Jackie Weaver and Joel Edgerton among them – with a confidence which marks Michôd as one of the country’s most promising emergent …

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Lian Tanner

by Leanne Hall

The Museum of Thieves is a fantastic debut novel by Tasmanian author Lian Tanner that I have described several times to customers as `Margaret Atwood for kids.‘ The Museum of Thieves is the first in the Keepers trilogy, and tells the story of Goldie, a young girl who is far too impatient and bold for her own good. I chatted to Lian about writing her first novel.

When you were a child, were yo

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Things Bogans Like

by Jo Case

Jo Case spoke to authors Intravenus De Milo, Hunter McKenzie-Smythe, Flash Johnson, Enron Hubbard, E. Chas McSween and Michael Jayfox about their book of Things Bogans Like.

What’s the difference between the ‘harmless’ bogan and the aspirational bogan?

Fundamentally, the ‘harmless’ bogan is self-actualised. It is comfortable in the knowledge that it likes cheap beer, pub rock and machismo. It…

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Shaun Tan

by Gerard Elson, DVD Specialist at Readings St Kilda

Short film director is the newest feather in Shaun Tan’s already crowded cap. The beloved author/illustrator of such contemporary classics as Tales from Outer Suburbia and The Arrival has plundered his own back catalogue for his first foray into animated filmmaking.

Based on Tan’s 32-page storybook from 1999, the animated The Lost Thing is a fifteen-minute project eight years in the making. It’s…

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Toni Jordan

by Jo Case, editor of the Readings Monthly newsletter

Jo Case interviews Melbourne author, Age columist and creative writing teacher Toni Jordan about her second novel Fall Girl.

What made you decide to write about a family of charismatic con artists? And was it a challenge making your heroine – whose aim is to hoodwink her love interest – sympathetic?

Ha! I love this question. It makes me sound like I know what I’m doing. I’d actually sat dow…

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Shaun Tan

by Oslo Davis

Recently I spoke with Shaun Tan about Sketches From a Nameless Land, his revelatory book, which divulges, through text, photos and hundreds of drawings, how Shaun made his multi award-winning graphic novel masterpiece The Arrival. Both books have just been released together in an extraordinary slipcase.

Are you worried you’ve given the game away by revealing your trade secrets?

Not really – I d…

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