What We’re Reading posts

What we’re reading: Ng, Sittenfeld & Brett

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 The Coal Curse: Resources, Climate and Australia’s Future by Judith Brett

I’ve just read The Coal Curse, the new Quarterly Essay from Judith Brett. This is a terrific analysis of Australia’s post war economy and of the …

Read more ›

What we’re reading: Tangey, Huntley & Bennett

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 Vanishing Half by Brit Bennett

The Vanishing Half is Brit Bennett’s second novel and, like its predecessor The Mothers, does not disappoint. This cleverly constructed novel intrigues the reader from the very firs…

Read more ›

What we’re reading: Paull, Robinson & Li

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 Somerville is reading Dear Friend, From My Life I Write to You in Your Life by Yiyun Li

Yiyun Li’s short collection of essays blends her interests in reading and writing with memoir. The book moves easily between discussions of, say, th…

Read more ›

What we’re reading: Perret, Wright & Mildenhall

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 Mother Fault by Kate Mildenhall (available September)

I was kept wide awake last night because of bloody Kate Mildenhall’s forthcoming novel, The Mother Fault. Set in Australia in the near (but please god, let it n…

Read more ›

What we’re reading: Lindgren, Bonney & Neeme

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 End of the World Is Bigger than Love by Davina Bell

Davina Bell has delivered a beautifully imagined, magical new fairy tale that exists in the same realm of sophisticated magical realism that brings to mind the e…

Read more ›

What we’re reading: Cain, O'Farrell & Downes

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 Safe Place by Anna Downes

Do you need a novel to take you away from your couch and isolation? Perhaps a book that transports you somewhere warm, lush, tranquil even, while also introducing you to characters that ar…

Read more ›

What we’re reading: Bregman, Downing & McNamara

Our shops have reopened (with safety measures in place) and we’re pleased to be able to once again resume our regular what we’re reading column. 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 Humankind: A Hopeful History by Rutger Bregman

Rutger Bregman’s Utopia for

Read more ›

What we’re reading: Mantel, Christle & Keyes

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 Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

I’ve been lured into what might seem a daunting commitment (so many pages) by my wildly enthusiastic colleagues and my own curiosity. After all, it’s not every day I hear such glowing praise …

Read more ›

What we’re reading: Collins, Onda & Hardcastle

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 The Confessions of Frannie Langton by Sara Collins

The Confessions of Frannie Langton was one of the winning books in this year’s Costa Book Awards. This is a big, intelligent bildungsroman-esque novel set in 1826 Londo…

Read more ›

What we’re reading: Hing Wen, Alderton & Jones

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 Everything I Know About Love by Dolly Alderton

I have fallen in love with Dolly Alderton – completely head-over-heels. I want to gift Everything I Know About Love to everyone that I love – already, I have made sure that…

Read more ›