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Every Kazuo Ishiguro novel, ranked

by Bronte Coates

In anticipation of Kazuo Ishiguro’s upcoming novel The Buried Giant – his first in ten years – Bronte Coates ranks his previous novels from worst to best. 6. The Unconsoled

A dreamlike and surreal novel about three days in the life of famous pianist Ryder The Unconsoled is undoubtedly a challenging read. While some consider the novel a masterpiece (it’s arguably Ishiguro’s most ambitious work…

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International young adult books to look forward to in 2015

by Emily Gale

Early in December the Readings children’s specialists were fortunate enough to attend ‘The Year Ahead in Youth Literature’, a preview of young adult fiction for 2015.

In part one (which you can find here) we picked out a generous handful of Australian YA to look forward to. Here’s what we’re most excited about from the international authors featured in the presentation.

All The Bright Pla

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What we’re reading: Scot Gardner, Miranda July & Sonya Hartnett

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.

Emily Gale was absolutely floored by The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner and Golden Boys by Sonya Harnett

Two novels absolutely floored me this week: Golden Boys by Sonya Hartnett and The Dead I Know by Scot Gardner. What they have in common is st…

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Questions for popular authors

After the recent announcement that Haruki Murakami is starting an advice column to answer ‘questions of any kind’, we imagine it’s only a matter a time before several other authors follow suit. Here’s our top questions for them as they step out of the shadows, and into the burning fluorescent light that is the Internet.

Questions for Jonathan Franzen:

What are birds?

Questions for Cormac McCar…

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Why you should read Elena Ferrante

Here’s a collection of testimonials from Readings staff who have read, and loved, Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels: My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name and Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay.

It’s no hyperbole to say that My Brilliant Friend, The Story of a New Name and Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay are collectively one of the greatest literary undertakings I’ve ever had the pl…

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Four books that resonated with me in 2014

by Bronte Coates

Bronte Coates shares four books she read in 2014 that have stayed with her. Those Who Leave and Those Who Stay by Elena Ferrante (translated by Ann Goldstein)

But although we were all women, we struggled to understand what a woman was. Our every move or thought or conversation or dream, once analysed in depth, seemed not to belong to us.

In my review of Elena Ferrante’s most recent release…

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Dani Solmon reflects on Cat Out of Hell by Lynne Truss

by Dani Solomon

I have to confess that even though I do own a cat I am not – as I discovered in the early days of my cat ownership – a cat person. Not at all. Not in any way. And perhaps it was because of this that this book resonated with me so strongly.

Cat out of Hell starts off with freshly retired librarian, Alec, escaping to a cottage by the sea to mourn the recent and not yet suspicious passing of his wi…

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What we’re reading: Richard McGuire, Charles D'Ambrosio and Octavia E. Butler

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.

Stella Charls is listening to podcasts

For me this has been the summer of public transport which means it’s also been the summer of podcasts. Since developing an addiction to Serial in 2014, I’m now hoarding recommendations for anything and ev…

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