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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.

Fiona is reading Gentlemen Formerly Dressed

I’m currently reading Gentlemen Formerly Dressed by Sulari Gentill (due for release soon). This title is the fifth Rowland Sinclair book but his first for me and, after being repeatedly delighted and…

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Alice Munro wins Nobel Prize in Literature

Short story writer Alice Munro has won the 2013 Nobel Prize in Literature.

Alice Munro, 82, has written 14 story collections. Her work is beloved for its quiet exploration of relationships, ordinary people and small-town life.

Here at Readings, we are huge fans of Alice Munro and absolutely delighted by the news.

In his review of Too Much Happiness, our managing director Mark Rubbo said:

“*…

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Stories From a Successful Book Launch

by Amy Vuleta

Amy Vuleta reports on a particularly entertaining book launch recently held at our St Kilda shop.

Earlier this week Readings St Kilda was full to bursting with people celebrating the launch of Bernard Cohen’s new novel, The Antibiography of Robert F. Menzies.

Cohen’s novel was launched in the greatest of style by the infinitely fabulous Libbi Gorr. Perhaps known to most as the feisty Elle Mc…

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The Best Female Leads on TV

by Nina Kenwood

Our online manager (and TV addict) Nina Kenwood picks out her favourite female leads on TV right now.

With the end of Breaking Bad, I say let us now also bring to an end the era of the male anti-hero.

Look, I loved Breaking Bad as much as the next person, but I am tired of talking about Walter White, Don Draper, Dexter Morgan, Tony Soprano, Nucky Thompson, Francis Underwood, Raylan Givens and…

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October Kids' & YA Books Round-Up

by Emily Gale

Get ready for thrills, spills (of milk and tears) and belly laughs in this month’s round-up of Children’s and YA books.

Last month’s movie opening of Percy Jackson and the Sea of Monsters, based on the second book in Rick Riordan’s bestselling series (disclaimer: “Not exactly the same as the book,” said my 9 year old daughter with a sigh), saw kids scrabbling to read more books in the seri…

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Why my literary journal exists

by Bronte Coates

Recently, Robyn Annear wrote an article for The Monthly which queried the purpose of Australian literary journals. In her opening remark she asked whether these publications were the hallmarks of a thriving scene or playgrounds for emerging writers. Later, she commented: ‘Depending wholly on sales and subscriptions would seem to be no way for a literary magazine to thrive.’

Such a statement brin…

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The Story of My Book: Common Stock

by Naomi Manuell

Naomi Manuell tell us how her job as a business journalist – and a fling with the poshest person she’d ever met – helped shape her first novel, Common Stock, a tale of greed, sex and financial skulduggery.

Years before I knew I was going to write a novel set in the world of finance, I worked briefly as a business journalist in London and witnessed something of the greed and amorality Common St

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The Age short story award 2013

Entries are now open for The Age short story award. This year’s prize is presented by Readings.

Entrants can submit up to three stories, each with a maximum length of 3000 words. The stories will be judged anonymously and the winner will receive $2000 plus publication. Second and third-placed writers will win $1000 and $500 respectively and their stories will also be published in The Age.

En…

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Last Week’s Top Sellers

Top of our bestsellers list for last week is David Marr with The Prince: Faith, Abuse and George Pell (as our online manager Nina says, “nobody writes a Quarterly Essay quite like Marr”) while John Safran’s true-crime book Murder in Mississippi came in at a close second.

If you’re interested in finding out more about Murder in Mississippi you can read Safran’s interview with us where he talks ab…

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Ellena Savage on reading other people’s diaries

by Ellena Savage

The main problem with feelings is that nobody wants to hear about yours. Except for me. And maybe the other literary voyeurs, whose preference is to read about your raw and pained inner life, but only if this pain of yours is elegantly expressed. For me, the best of these stylised confessions are contained in the notebooks of three great modern writers: the diaries of Sylvia Plath (1932–1963) and…

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