What We’re Reading posts

What we’re reading: Lara Prescott, Kassia St Clair & Emma Forrest

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. Rosalind McClintock is reading Royals by Emma Forrest

Emma Forrest’s Royals is a book that twirls you around, swings you up into the air and then fells you at the knees, before pulling you up and doing it all again. It is a tale as old as time…

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What we’re reading: Jeanette Winter, Lara Williams & Muriel Spark

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. Dani Solomon is reading Our House Is on Fire by Jeanette Winter

Right now with the smoke from bushfires around the country choking Melbourne it’s so easy to fall into hopeless despair. What can we do? What can I do? How can I beat 200 bushfire…

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What we’re reading over summer

Our staff share the books they’re planning to read over summer.

“I’ve just nabbed a copy of The Topeka School on the enthusiastic recommendation of Alison, our head book buyer, and can’t wait to read it. She thinks it’s going to win all the awards, and I want to be in front of all that so I can brag about reading it “months ago” when it does.”

Fiona Hardy

“This summer I am very excited t…

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What we’re reading: Atwood, Hamilton & Daley

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. Megan Wood is reading Good Bones by Margaret Atwood

Good Bones is a fantastic collection of short narratives, speculative fiction, retellings and musings that are classic Margaret Atwood. 27 separate works fill this 153 page book, but each del…

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What we’re reading: Gardner, Ellmann & Fraser

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. Tye Cattanach is reading Invisible in a Bright Light by Sally Gardner

Sally Gardner is a true master at weaving immensely deep worlds in which a reader can only get hopelessly absorbed. This new fairytale-esque offering is no exception. Beauti…

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What we’re reading: Chang, Bray & Hurley

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. Leanne Hall is reading Lair of Dreams (The Diviners, Book 2) by Libba Bray

I’m exactly halfway through the second book in the Diviners series by Libba Bray, Lair of Dreams, and it’s so wonderful I’m in no rush to get through the second half. T…

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What we’re reading: Slate, Wilson & Meyer

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. Jason Austin is reading The Son by Philipp Meyer

I’ve had a copy of The Son by Philipp Meyer sitting on my ‘to read’ bookcase for a while. I’ve been prompted to get on to it as it was adapted into a TV series last year starring Pierce Brosnan,…

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What we’re reading: Atwood, Tolentino & Viskic

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 The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

There are some weeks where a television series will take over my life (thank you Succession) and during those periods, I simply can not follow two intense storylines at the same time an…

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What we’re reading: Cusk, Disher & Sittenfeld

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 Peace by Garry Disher

I’ve been reading Peace by Garry Disher which is a sequel of sorts to his award-winning 2015 novel, Bitter Wash Road. Paul Hirschhausen has been demoted to a one-cop town in country South Australia a…

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What we’re reading: Winterson, Rooney & Colfer

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. Tye Cattanach is reading The Passion by Jeanette Winterson

I picked up this slim little volume after reading Winterson’s The Daylight Gate and finding myself ruined for reading anyone else for the time being. It seemed only sensible to work my…

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