Q&As and Interviews posts

Mark Rubbo interviews Peter Carey

Readings Managing Director Mark Rubbo chats to Peter Carey about his new novel

Amnesia seems to me to be about Australia’s relations with the US: it begins with the little known Battle of Brisbane in 1942, which saw fighting between Australian and US troops over two days, but the novel also includes a substantial critique by one of the characters of the US role in Gough Whitlam’s dismissal. Is…

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Kate Jennings interviews Erik Jensen

by Kate Jennings

On one point Erik Jensen is emphatic when discussing his book Acute Misfortune: The Life and Death of Adam Cullen: ‘This book is not about art. It’s a character study.’ Adam Cullen was a Sydney artist who flamed out in his forties on alcohol and drugs. He won the Archibald Prize for his portrait of David Wenham but was also notorious for his headline bad-boy behaviour. Because I live in New York,…

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Interview with Julia Gillard

We interview Julia Gillard about her autobiography, My Story. You can watch the interview in the below video.

We have limited signed copies of My Story available from all five of our shops but hurry! Our stock is limited.

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Q&A with Nadia Dalbuono

by Fiona Hardy

Our crime specialist Fiona Hardy talks with Nadia Dalbuono about her writing process, Italy and her debut crime novel.

You’ve spent the past fifteen years travelling the world as a documentarian for various companies in the UK. Were you scribbling story ideas in your downtime while on location, or has writing fiction been a recent creative pursuit for you?

I wasn’t exactly scribbling ideas bu…

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Q&A with Geraldine Doogue

Bronte Coates talks with journalist and television presenter Geraldine Doogue about her new book featuring conversations with Australian women in power.

In The Climb, you explore how women are represented at the top levels of power in Australia. What prompted you to approach this topic?

I was very angry around the time of Julia Gillard’s demise at some of the references to her – especially fr…

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Meet the shortlist: Ceridwen Dovey

by Ceridwen Dovey

Only the Animals is one of the six books included on our inaugural Readings New Australian Writing Award shortlist. Here we ask Ceridwen Dovey five quick questions. If you were opening your own bookshop, what are three titles that would always be kept on your shelves?

The three titles permanently stocked in my own bookshop would be Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee, The Tree of Man b…

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Meet the shortlist: Michael Mohammed Ahmad

by Michael Mohammed Ahmad

The Tribe is one of the six books included on our inaugural Readings New Australian Writing Award shortlist. Here we ask Michael Mohammed Ahmad five quick questions. If you were opening your own bookshop, what are three titles that would always be kept on your shelves?

The Autobiography Of Malcolm X by Malcolm X; The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran; Carpentaria by Alexis Wright.

What’s the stranges…

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Meet the shortlist: Maxine Beneba Clarke

by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Foreign Soil is one of the six books included on our inaugural Readings New Australian Writing Award shortlist. Here we ask Maxine Beneba Clarke five quick questions. If you were opening your own bookshop, what are three titles that would always be kept on your shelves?

My own bookstore would be a catastrophic, commercial disaster. It’d be full of books most people have never heard of, but th…

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Meet the shortlist: Christine Piper

by Christine Piper

After Darkness is one of the six books included on our inaugural Readings New Australian Writing Award shortlist. Here we ask Christine Piper five quick questions. If you were opening your own bookshop, what are three titles that would always be kept on your shelves?

Pastoralia by George Saunders, because Saunders is a genius who writes like no one else. His dystopian, quasi-science fiction s…

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Meet the shortlist: Luke Carman

by Luke Carman

An Elegant Young Man is one of the six books included on our inaugural Readings New Australian Writing Award shortlist. Here we ask author Luke Carman five quick questions. If you were opening your own bookshop, what are three titles that would always be kept on your shelves?

My bookstore would stock only three books: The Swan Book by Alexis Wright, The Tribe by Mohammed Ahmad, and my own. I …

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