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Ali Alizadeh on modern representations of Joan of Arc

by Ali Alizadeh

I have spent quite a number of years reading about the enigmatic, engrossing historical figure of Joan of Arc, the young European peasant who ran away from home, became a knight, led the armies of the King of France against his enemies, and was burnt as a heretic in the early fifteenth century. Most historical accounts of the medieval woman’s life and persona are attempts at a purely factual repr…

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Last week’s top ten bestsellers

The News: A User’s Manual by Alain de Botton Everything I Need to Know I Learned from a Little Golden Book by Diane Muldrow Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas The Book Thief by Markus Zusak The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (film tie-in edition) AmalgaNations: How Globalisation is Good by Doug Hendrie The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt Burial Rites by Hannah Kent The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard …

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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.

Emily is reading How Should A Person Be? by Sheila Heti

I was given Sheila Heti’s How Should A Person Be? for Christmas from a friend at work. When working with books, it’s always quite a challenge to select a book for a colleague that they ha…

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What I loved: How The Light Gets In by M.J. Hyland

by Annie Condon

In 1996 I began the RMIT Professional Writing and Editing course, and while I didn’t share any classes with M.J. Hyland, I soon began to hear a lot about her from classmates. Not only was she an amazing writer, I heard, but a talented editor as well. Since our student days she has published three books, one of which (This Is How, 2007) was shortlisted for the Booker Prize. However it’s her first …

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Meet the bookseller with Samuel Zifchak

by Samuel Zifchak

We chat with Samuel Zifchak about the magic of books, and exactly what makes a striking cover.

Why do you work in books?

Books have always been an instrumental part of my life. My grandfather was heavily involved in bookselling and both my parents are voracious readers. We used bookshelves for wallpaper. I would rarely raise my head from a book as a child. Books inspire me, entertain me and…

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February highlights for children & young adults

by Emily Gale

For those of you who live and breathe books and consider many of them to be close personal friends, my first pick for February is going to make your hearts sing: A Book is a Book by Jenny Bornholdt (and illustrated by Sarah Wilkins). Written from a child’s perspective - essentially, everything you could say about books in the simplest and most charming way - this title is very much something for …

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Announcing the guest judges for our new literary awards

Yesterday we were delighted to announce two new literary awards in support of Australian authors, and today we can confirm our two guest judges.

‘We are really excited to announce that Hannah Kent, local author of the bestselling Burial Rites, has accepted our invitation to join Reading’s staff as one of the judges of the Readings New Australian Writing Award and Sally Rippin, author of over 50…

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Mandy Sayer chats to Krissy Kneen about The Poet’s Wife

by Krissy Kneen

Mandy Sayer’s third memoir vividly details her marriage to the Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Yusef Komunyakaa, and their unconventional life lived across the United States and in Sydney’s Kings Cross. Here, Sayer talks with Krissy Kneen about committing her tumultuous marriage to the page.

When reading a review of a memoir we often come across a repeated set of related words. ‘Brave’ is the first…

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Introducing the Readings New Australian Writing Award and Readings Children’s Book Prize

by Mark Rubbo

One of the things I’ve always liked to do is support Australian writing and publishing. Over my career, it has been a thrill to see how the local publishing industry has grown, and how Australian readers have embraced the exciting writing being produced. However, it has always been a struggle for Australian writers to gain an audience and secure a living from their works. Of course, there have be…

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February highlights

by Martin Shaw

February of course is back-to-school month, but with the new Liberal government signalling education is in need of ‘pulling its socks up’, as it were, it’s salient that two new books address issues that will surely only be perpetuated under Minister Pyne. Marion Maddox, in Taking God to School, considers the surprising impact that Christian groups are having on what was once the proudly free and …

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