What We’re Reading posts

What we’re reading: Shaun Prescott, Donna Tartt & David Lynch

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Jo Case is reading Lynch on Lynch by David Lynch and Chris Rodley

My spare time is pretty much entirely absorbed with thinking about Twin Peaks: The Return right now (and anyone who wants to discuss the ending should bail me up). On Monday night, I fell asleep…

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What we’re reading: Gabriel Tallent, Anne Buist & Graeme Simsion

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Ellen Cregan is reading My Absolute Darling by Gabriel Tallent

This week I read the debut novel from American newcomer, Gabriel Tallent. This is the sort of book I wish I’d been able to read as part of a book club, because I have so many feelings about it. The…

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What we’re reading: Kamila Shamsie, Emma Chastain & Zoë Morrison

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Ellen Cregan is reading Home Fire by Kamila Shamsie

When the 2017 Booker longlist came out, I had the silly idea that I’d read the whole thing. I’m beginning to doubt that I’ll make it the whole way through, but I’m glad I had the idea because it’s led me to K…

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What we’re reading: Emma Viskic, Carina Chocano & Angie Thomas

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Jo Case is reading You Play The Girl by Carina Chocano

You Play The Girl, for me, just surpassed Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist in the category of ‘smart, thoughtful, completely engrossing read that makes feminist arguments through deep engagement with popular cult…

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What we’re reading: Jennifer Egan, Elizabeth Wein & Paul Noble

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Robbie Egan is reading Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

I have been reading Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach, a novel of remarkable historical accuracy that details the lives of its characters with an economy and precision that almost belies the lavishness of i…

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What we’re reading: Jennifer Down, Ben Aaronovitch & Les Twentyman

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Jo Case is reading The Mouth that Roared by Les Twentyman with Robert Hillman

I initially picked up a copy of Les Twentyman’s memoir, written with award-winning author Robert Hillman, because it was on my desk. But I’m now carrying it around because it’s so co…

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What we’re reading: Sandra Pankhurst, Sandhya Menon & Steve Erickson

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Ellen Cregan is reading two memoirs that explore dark territory

I recently read The Trauma Cleaner, an amazing biography due to hit shelves in October. It tells the story of Sandra Pankhurst, a woman who runs a cleaning business. Except this isn’t any ordinary…

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What we’re reading: J.P. Delaney, Steven Carroll & Maile Meloy

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Lian Hingee is reading The Girl Before by J.P. Delaney

You come across a lot of books being promoted as ‘the next Gone Girl’ – pretty much any new thriller featuring a female protagonist receives this treatment. As someone who falls for it Every Single Time, I…

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What we’re reading: Chris Kraus, Tobias Wolff & Penny Woodward

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Ellen Cregan is reading Old School by Tobias Wolff

This novel was recommended to me by a trusted source after I’d been complaining about being on a rare reading streak of mediocre books. Old School is not something I’d typically read, but I’m glad I did.

Wolf…

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What we’re reading: Georgia Blain, Margaret Mahy & Ghassan Hage

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Britt Munro is reading Is Racism an Environmental Threat? by Ghassan Hage

This is a wry and expansive analysis of the mode of being that Hage terms ‘domestication’ (which he explores as synonymous with practises of modern nation-building) as the root of both s…

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