Books posts

Nic Low on designing the book cover for Arms Race

by Nic Low

Nic Low’s short-story collection, Arms Race , is a playful debut. Here, he shares the inspiration behind the book’s cover design, courtesy of WH Chong.

A few years ago, on a launch heading to a small island off New Zealand’s south coast, I thought I saw a giant octopus. It lay beneath the waves like a bruise. It was as wide as a downed jumbo jet. I figured something that big had to be powerful…

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Our mid-year bookish awards for 2014

The Vladimir Nabokov award for an opening paragraph:
Family Life by Akhil Sharma

‘My father has a glum nature. He retired three years ago, and he doesn’t talk much. Left to himself, he can remain silent for days. When this happens, he begins brooding, he begins thinking strange thoughts. Recently he told me that I was selfish, that I had always been selfish, that when I was a baby I would start

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The Lifted Brow on the Ego Issue

The latest issue of The Lifted Brow has caused some controversy by banning all instances of first-person pronoun. Here, the editors tell us their reasons behind their decision. Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Sam Cooney:

The Ego Issue of The Lifted Brow is intended – whilst also being as splendiferous re its contents as every other issue before it – as a provocation to readers, to writers, to pub…

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Win a $1500 deluxe edition of Haruki Murakami’s new novel

If you pre-order a copy of Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami (out 12 August) from our website at the special price of $29.99, you’ll automatically go in the draw to win a $1,500 special deluxe edition of the novel – pictured below. There are only 100 copies of this deluxe limited edition available worldwide!

The winner will be randomly selected and will r…

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Our ten most anticipated Australian books

Our staff pick the Australian book they are most excited about reading in the second half of the year. If you pre-order any of these ten Australian books, you’ll receive a copy signed by the author! Martin Shaw recommends Demons by Wayne Macauley
(due in late July)

Back at the beginning of the year I wrote: ‘In recent years, Wayne Macauley, author of The Cook, has well and truly arrived as …

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Interviews with our work experience students

by Tess Devine-Hercus

Over the next few weeks we’re participating in a work experience program with students from high schools across Melbourne. Here, Tess Devine-Hercus tells us about her favourite books. How would you describe your taste in books? Do you like romance or adventure, science fiction or history, etc?

My taste in books is incredibly diverse. I’ll read pretty much any genre, as long as it’s good, and …

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Belle Place presents the best book covers of July

by Belle Place

We can get very excited about book covers in the Readings office – the book as object is our trade, after all. Here are our favourite covers for July fiction titles. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman

This is the paperback edition of Adelle Waldman’s widely read and praised debut novel. It’s quite different to the hardback, which was released last year, but equally appealing…

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