Books posts

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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The editors of three literary journals tell us what they’re reading

Throughout winter, we are celebrating Melbourne literary journals with a new event series, Journal Assembly. In June, we’ll hear from editors Brigid Mullane, Katia Pase and Samuel Rutter. Here, they share their current reading lists. Samuel Rutter, Higher Arc:

The majority of the reading I do these days is for my thesis, which means a lot of narrative theory but also a lot of excellent novels…

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Paddy O’Reilly on misfits and monsters in literature

by Paddy O’Reilly

Paddy O’Reilly’s new novel, The Wonders, is populated with misfits of all kinds. Here, she talks on other misfits and monsters she’s loved in books.

We learn early what it is to be a misfit.

The first week at school the misfit will be spotted, singled out, made to understand she doesn’t belong. She’ll be left standing in a distant corner of the playground, looking at her hands or scanning th…

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Martin Shaw’s top picks for August

by Martin Shaw

It’s been a sombre couple of weeks in the Australian book trade, with two tragic passings: the highly respected Melbourne novelist, critic and educator Liam Davison (on the ill-fated MH17); and Matt Richell, the widely admired CEO of Hachette Australia, whose passion for publishing, and commitment to emerging Australian talent in particular, was utterly infectious. This column is dedicated to the…

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Our staff share their gateway novels

The first time you read a book by a favourite author. Pia Spreadborough on discovering Haruki Murakmi:

I began The Wind Up Bird Chronicle one summer afternoon, fresh out of high school. I was excruciatingly anxious and in a panic about the rest of my life ahead of me being a ‘blank slate’. Yet, as I savoured each page of this novel, I was comforted by the protagonist Toru Okada’s struggle wit…

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Books you might have missed in July

by Belle Place

Given the sizeable number of new releases that arrive in store each month, here are notes from the Readings editorial office on books you might have missed in July.

Skylight by José Saramago

Jose Saramago first submitted Skylight to a publisher in 1953, but the manuscript was lost in the publishers’ offices in Lisbon for decades, and is only recently being published in English. A Nobel Priz…

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Rebecca Jessen on the influence of Dorothy Porter in Gap

by Rebecca Jessen

Rebecca Jessen’s award-winning verse novella, Gap , is a gripping crime thriller. Here, she talks about the influence of Australian poet Dorothy Porter on her work.

My first encounter with the work of late Australian poet Dorothy Porter was in mid 2011 in a second-hand bookshop in Newtown, Sydney. I picked up a copy of The Monkey’s Mask, intrigued by the two naked female bodies splayed across …

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