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Richard Flanagan wins the 2014 Man Booker

Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan has won the 2014 Man Booker Prize for his ‘savagely beautiful and haunting’ sixth novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North, which tells the stories of prisoners and captors on the infamous Thai-Burma railway.

The philosopher AC Grayling, who chaired the judges, said: ‘The two great themes from the origin of literature are love and war: this is a magnificent nove…

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NAW Reading Challenge: An Elegant Young Man by Luke Carman

To celebrate our inaugural New Australian Writing (NAW) Award shortlist, we’re running a NAW Reading Challenge. This week our participants have read An Elegant Young Man by Luke Carman. 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… Sam says:

An Elegant Young Man is the …

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Which is the best Ottolenghi salad from Plenty More?

We put Ottolenghi’s salads to the test this week with four of our staff making recipes from Plenty More, and four other staff members acting as judges. Here are the results. Elke Power made Pink Grapefruit and Sumac Salad (pg. 32):

After turning every page of the book and being overwhelmed with choice, I chose the first salad with in-season ingredients. Even so, I could not find any red …

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Ask Agatha: Can I burn my ex’s books?

Our wise bookseller Agatha answers all your tricky questions. If you have a question for Agatha please email askagatha@readings.com.au. My boyfriend left me because of uncertain reasons. I have some of his books. Is it morally wrong to keep the one I like and burn the rest in a pit?

Don’t punish good books because their owner is terrible. That’s my motto. Give those unwanted books to a second…

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Why Ali Smith should win the 2014 Man Booker Prize

by Marie Matteson

Tim Parks wrote recently in the New York Review of Books that the social value of a novel is the conversation it can start. He went on to point out how hard it is today to start a conversation when we all read so disparately. But people do read prize-winners. It’s a moment when you can get them on the same page.

Consisting of two sections, How To Be Both has been printed in two different ways an…

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What we’re reading: Bret Anthony Johnston, Adelle Waldman and Tom Perrotta

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.

Annie Condon is reading Remember Me like This by Bret Anthony Johnston

Bret Anthony Johnston is a professor of Creative Writing in the USA and his writing is seamless and engaging. This novel begins where many crime novels end – in the triumph…

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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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