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Meet the shortlist: Fiona McFarlane

by Fiona McFarlane

The Night Guest is one of the six books included on our inaugural Readings New Australian Writing Award shortlist. Here we ask Fiona McFarlane five quick questions. If you were opening your own bookshop, what are three titles that would always be kept on your shelves?

The Striped World by Emma Jones; The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper; Futility by William Gerhardie.

What’s the strangest piece of a…

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Meet the shortlist: Christine Piper

by Christine Piper

After Darkness is one of the six books included on our inaugural Readings New Australian Writing Award shortlist. Here we ask Christine Piper five quick questions. If you were opening your own bookshop, what are three titles that would always be kept on your shelves?

Pastoralia by George Saunders, because Saunders is a genius who writes like no one else. His dystopian, quasi-science fiction s…

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The 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist

Congratulations to the authors shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize!

This is the first year that this prestigious literary award has been open to any author writing in English, as long as their work is published in the United Kingdom (previously, the prize was only open to authors from the UK & Commonwealth, Republic of Ireland or Zimbabwe.) The shortlist includes books from two Americans. …

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Sam Vincent on gonzo ethnography in Blood and Guts

by Sam Vincent

Blood and Guts isn’t so much a work of investigative journalism as an exercise in gonzo ethnography. Over the summer of 2012-13 I sailed to Antarctica with the zealously vegan crew of Sea Shepherd’s flagship, the Steve Irwin – an experience that would form the (fake) meat of my book on the whaling controversy. I returned to land with ten notebooks brimming with notes, but I didn’t return with man…

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Five reasons to read this book before you see the film

Here are five reasons to read S.J. Watson’s thriller Before I Go To Sleep before you see the film (due for release in October). 1. The structure of the novel works so well!

Given this book is from the perspective of Christine, a woman with some serious memory issues (think Drew Barrymore in 50 First Dates but much, much creepier), the fact that the structure of Before I Go To Sleep works so w…

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Meet the bookseller with Alexandra Mathew

by Alexandra Mathew

We chat with Alexandra Mathew about her love for immersive books and classical music.

Why do you work in books and music?

My primary area of interest and knowledge is in classical music, but I also happen to love reading, so the two go together nicely. It’s a privilege to share my love of books and music with like-minded people.

What book or music would you happily spend a weekend indoors

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What I Loved: Monkey Grip by Helen Garner

by Sean O’Beirne

I read Monkey Grip when I was first trying to learn to be a writer, and looking around to see if there was anything Australian that could help me. There must be tens of thousands of Australians who have gone through this: you’re young, you read Crime and Punishment and Madame Bovary, or other books as strong, and you think: alright, that’s very, very strong. But who’s strong, who can help me, her

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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.

Ann is reading How to Get There by Maggie Mackellar

We’re lucky to have writers such as Favel Parrett, and of course Bob Brown in Optimism: Reflections on a Life of Action (my other favourite read of the month), sharing Tasmania with us as an …

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Our staff recommend gifts for Father’s Day

Chris recommends…

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Metaphysical thriller, meditation on mortality and chronicle of our self-devouring times, this kaleidoscopic novel crackles with the invention and wit that have made David Mitchell one of the most celebrated writers of his generation. Here is fiction at its most spellbinding and memorable best.

Read our review here.

Tam recommends…

The H

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The Father’s Day face-off

by Emily Gale

We put some of our favourite dad characters in the ring. Most Loveable Dad…

[he is] the most marvellous and exciting father any boy ever had.
William (from Danny the Champion of the World)
vs.
…honest as the day is long, reliable, trustworthy and able.
Arthur Weasley (from the Harry Potter series)

Points to Arthur Weasley for his equal opportunities attitude to wizards, his gentle parenting …

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