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Best book covers of October

Lila by Marilynne Robinson

The cover of Marilynne Robinson’s Lila is a surprisingly winsome match for the themes of the book – the publishers have even chosen to use the same cover for the hardback and paperback editions. The single image of an unruly country scene washed with sunlight evokes a joyful stillness and sense of plenty. The fence, however cheerfully obscured by weeds, is an apt ref…

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A conversation about The Wife Drought by Annabel Crabb

Having recently read Annabel Crabb’s The Wife Drought, our staff members Emily Harms (Head of Marketing and Communications) and Chris Gordon (Events Manager) chat about their experiences juggling work and family in relation to Crabb’s arguments. Chris says:

I’m a dime a dozen. There are more women like me than not in Australia. I know this is true because I read about myself in Annabel Crabb’…

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NAW Reading Challenge: After Darkness by Christine Piper

To celebrate our inaugural New Australian Writing (NAW) Award shortlist, we’re running a NAW Reading Challenge. This week our participants have read After Darkness by Christine Piper. Here are their responses to the novel. (Ed. note: may contain spoilers!) Our favourite response for this week (not to mention the winner of our $100 gift voucher) is… Jill says:

It’s no accident that Christi…

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Mark Rubbo interviews Peter Carey

Readings Managing Director Mark Rubbo chats to Peter Carey about his new novel

Amnesia seems to me to be about Australia’s relations with the US: it begins with the little known Battle of Brisbane in 1942, which saw fighting between Australian and US troops over two days, but the novel also includes a substantial critique by one of the characters of the US role in Gough Whitlam’s dismissal. Is…

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What we’re reading: Jeff VanderMeer, Julia Gillard, David Nicholls and Lena Dunham

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 My Story by Julia Gillard

My Story is not an angry or bitter tale. Rather, it is the story of a woman doing what no other woman in Australia has done before. Within the local and federal political footy ground Julia Gil…

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Read an extract from Laurinda by Alice Pung

by Alice Pung

In Laurinda, Alice Pung tells an involving, original story that captures the drama and pain of school life today, as well as revealing much about the choices of young women. In anticipation of the release of this new young adult novel later this month, you can read an extract below.

When my dad dropped us off at the front gate, the first things I saw were the rose garden spreading out on eith…

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Gone Girl: Book vs. Film

by Nina Kenwood

As a fan of both the novel and film adaptation of Gone Girl, I am here to pit them against one another in an ultimate showdown so you can know, definitively, which version is better. My scientific process involves comparing each in random categories that I have deemed important.

(Warning: plot spoilers ahead.)


I never liked Nick in the book. Not for one minute – not at the very beginn…

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What five books should be on your bookshelf? David Walsh responds

by David Walsh

I’m going to assume that by ‘everyone’s bookshelf’ you mean everyone that is likely to stroll into Readings. And not the kind of person that would then dart out of Readings with a stolen tome underarm. And not people of a particular moral or philosophical bent. I wouldn’t recommend the same books for a jihadist that I would for as schoolteacher. Then again, perhaps I would. Teachers, of course, a…

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Meet the bookseller with Tara Kaye Judah

by Tara Kaye Judah

We chat with Tara Kaye Judah about her fondness for feminist film theory and capitalist critique, and why she loves the cover of David Vann’s Goat Mountain.

Why do you work in books?

If I were to build a fort with walls of knowledge, the final result would be a bookstore. I want to live peacefully in a fort of knowledge. At Readings, the fort is also friendly.

What book would you happily spe

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