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What We’re Reading

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 is reading Walking on Trampolines

A friend of mine recommended this book because the author is a savvy reporter from our northern state - Queensland.

Frances Whiting’s Walking on Trampolines is a sweet serenade to love lost and found. T…

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Fiona Hardy on Crime Book Covers

by Fiona Hardy

Crime-lover and blogger Fiona Hardy considers the book design tropes of crime fiction titles, and whether there are benefits to having oft-repeated motifs.

Let’s play a game. We’ll call it Crime Cover Bingo. If you have a crime book on your shelves that has one of the following on the cover: snow, trees, people in shadow, long empty roads, a fence, or a building at night, then shout BINGO — ev…

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A Beginner’s Guide to Reading YA as an Adult

The young adult genre is exploding with wonderful, exciting writing at the moment. Here’s a guide for any book-lover who’s considering browsing a new section of the bookshop but doesn’t know where to start.

If you loved The Hunger Games
Bronte recommends Veronica Roth’s Divergent

With a highly-anticipated film due for release in early 2014 starring Shailene Woodley (The Descendants, The Spec

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Stefano Manfredi on Italian Food

by Chris Gordon

Chris Gordon chats with Stefano Manfredi about his new cookbook Stefano Manfredi’s Italian Food.

Stefano, I reckon this book is one of the most comprehensive collections of Italian dishes, suited for Australian produce that I’ve come across. How long did it take you to pull together - and why did you feel a need to create such an ode to Italian food?

It took two solid years to write but in ef…

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An Extract from Rock Country edited by Chris Ryan

by Helen Carter

Rock Country is romp through the story of Australian rock and pop told by those that lived it, performed it, and adored it. Here’s we share one of the essays from the book - Helen Carter’s ‘Bon Scott: A Smell Like Pheromones’.

It was a dark and potentially stormy night as I waited at the bus stop on the palm-treed traffic island at the corner of Denham and Fletcher streets in South Bondi – dar…

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Diana Vreeland Memos

by Margaret Snowdon

Diana Vreeland was editor in chief at Vogue for 9 years from 1962 to 1971. Diana Vreeland Memos: The Vogue Years is the legendary editor in her own words, providing a fascinating insight into her sense of style, fun, creativity and pizazz. The book is arranged under nine chapter headings, organising the memos in a thematic fashion – which is handy if you’re looking for style tips relating to beha…

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Merlinda Bobis wins the MUBA for 2013

The Small Press Network’s ‘Most Underrated Book Award’ (MUBA) has been awarded to Merlinda Bobis for her novel, Fish-Hair Woman, published through Spinifex Press - a beautifully haunting tale of magic and storytelling which explores the civil and political conflict of the Philippines in the 1970’s to 1990’s.

With her twelve-metre hair, Estrella, the Fish-hair Woman, trawls corpses from the water…

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Vale Doris Lessing

Nobel Prize-winning author Doris Lessing has passed away at the age of 94.

Born in Iran and brought up in the African bush in Zimbabwe, Lessing had lived in London for more than 50 years and was the author of more than fifty novels - much-loved for her ‘no-nonsense’ attitude. (You can watch her hilariously underwhelming reaction to becoming the oldest winner of the Nobel Prize at age 88 here.)

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Launch of Celebrating Word and Image 1250-1600

Last week we launched a beautiful new book from Margaret M. Manion and Charles Zika - Celebrating Word and Image 1250-1600: Illuminated Manuscripts from the Kerry Stokes Collection. Here we share Barry Jones' launch speech.

I was delighted to have been asked to launch this important book, and should explain why I think that the invitation came. First, I am a profound admirer of Margaret Manion. …

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