What We’re Reading posts

What we’re reading: Ullmann, Meddlings & Frazier

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. Joanna Di Mattia is reading Unquiet by Linn Ullmann

I’m very close to finishing an utterly engrossing novel, my first by the Norwegian writer, Linn Ullmann. Unquiet is categorised as fiction - and that’s certainly where we shelve it in store …

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What we’re reading: Haynes, Quinn & North

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. Lian Hingee is reading A Thousand Ships by Natalie Haynes

For someone who’s never read The Iliad (and truthfully, probably never will) I have a deep and abiding fascination for the story of the Trojan War. Pat Barker’s remarkable novel The Si

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What we’re reading: Solnit, French & Stuart

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. Mark Rubbo is reading Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart

I took last week off and greedily devoured a number of books. The one I enjoyed most was last year’s Booker Prize winner, Shuggie Bain by Douglas Stuart. Set in Glasgow in Thatchers era, th…

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What we’re reading: Hale, Raskin & Kim

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. Angela Crocombe is reading Kind of a Big Deal by Shannon Hale

This time of year is fantastic for getting large quantities of reading done, which I have certainly achieved. I bought my 12-year-old daughter a copy of Kind of a Big Deal by Shann…

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What we’re reading: Osman, Jansson & Kerr

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. Ellen Cregan is reading Please Don’t Hug Me by Kay Kerr

I am notoriously bad at keeping up with all of the wonderful YA releases we get each year - typically I only read one or two. This year I did a little better, and one of the awesome titl…

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What we’re reading: Clarke, Moreno-Garcia & Mantel

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.

Amanda Rayner is reading Mantel Pieces by Hilary Mantel

Thank goodness for Hilary Mantel this year. In 2020 I have read/re-read over 2000 pages of her writing and the release of her final book in the Wolf Hall trilogy was so exciting that I …

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What we’re reading: Ephron, Obama & Schlink

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. Mark Rubbo is reading Olga by Bernhard Schlink (translated by Charlotte Collins)

I’m been reading Olga by Bernhard Schlink. This is the first book of Schlink’s I’ve read since The Reader in 2017, and I’m very much enjoying it. I particularly…

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What we’re reading: Disher, Papertalk Green & French

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. Mark Rubbo is reading Consolation by Garry Disher

For a bit of escapism, I’ve been reading the new crime novel from Garry Disher. Consolation is the third in his series featuring Constable Paul Hirschhausen as he investigates crimes in the du…

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What we’re reading: O’Hagan, Colwin & Mackintosh

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. Joanna Di Mattia is reading Mayflies by Andrew O’Hagan

By no deliberate design, I’ve spent a significant chunk of the year thinking about life in 1980s Britain and the havoc wreaked by Margaret Thatcher and her policies on the working class. …

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What we’re reading: Tan, Carey & Garner

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. Chris Gordon is reading One Day I’ll Remember This: Diaries 1987-1995 by Helen Garner

Along with the entire population of Melbourne, I’ve been reading Helen Garner’s new volume of diaries: One Day I’ll Remember This. This volume begins in 198…

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