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Event Highlights in October

by Chris Gordon

Events Manager Chris Gordon shares some highlights from our October program of events.

Roll up roll up… Our October events program is full to the brim with goodness. We are covering all the bases this month…

Do you have a passion for dance?

In anticipation of Sea of Rhythm – a brand new festival of rhythm, music and dance set over three days in November – we’re hosting a Q&A with festival pe

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10 brilliant new picture books

by Emily Gale

Picture books are for everybody at any age, not books to be left behind as we grow older. - Anthony Browne We couldn’t agree more. And although Readings' already has a list of collective favourites (see our 30 Essential Picture Books here) it’s always cause for celebration when some new notable picture books catch our eye. Here are 10 recent picture books we’d love to recommend to you, each one …

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What we’re reading: Patricia Highsmith, Terrence Holt and David Shrigley

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 is reading the Tom Ripley novels by Patricia Highsmith

I’ve never been part of a book club as I often don’t finish the novels I start and most book clubs seem to have this as a requisite for attendance. (Even though I’m more than happy t…

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Children & young adult books highlights for September

A note before I begin… This month a sudden influx of brilliant, varied picture books meant that I felt compelled to write a separate blog post about them. If you’re a picture book lover, whatever age, you can find my write-up here.

Moving along now into books for independent readers… I’ve seen how incredibly loyal children are once a book captures their imagination, which explains the phenomenal…

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Q&A with Geraldine Doogue

Bronte Coates talks with journalist and television presenter Geraldine Doogue about her new book featuring conversations with Australian women in power.

In The Climb, you explore how women are represented at the top levels of power in Australia. What prompted you to approach this topic?

I was very angry around the time of Julia Gillard’s demise at some of the references to her – especially fr…

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NAW Reading Challenge: The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

To celebrate our our inaugural New Australian Writing (NAW) Award shortlist, we’re running a NAW Reading Challenge! This is week one of the challenge and participants have read The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane. Here are their responses to the novel (Ed. note: may contain spoilers!). Jill says:

As my grandmother grew older, she became increasingly convinced that someone was breaking into he…

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Ask Agatha: Should I give an author a second chance?

Ask our wise bookseller Agatha all your tricky (book-related) questions. Is the book actually always better than the film? Or is that just a myth invented by book lovers?

Yes. I’m sorry to have to tell you this but the book is always better than the film.

I only read novels, but lately I’ve found myself increasingly bored, stuck in a rut of reading the same thing over and over. I want to d…

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The Story of My Book: Vulpes

by Chris Rodgers

Vulpes first came to me while running, when my playlist rolled onto The Futureheads' cover of Kate Bush’s ‘Hounds of Love’. The idea was almost fully-formed before I made it home, which wasn’t long – I was never committed to running anyway. The fox in the song is passive, dying, but I have a tendency to think in a contradictory manner; antonyms come to mind before synonyms, and I began to imagine…

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Catherine Harris on poetry and football in The Family Men

by Catherine Harris

It must have been late on some Saturday afternoon (foolishly) driving on Punt Road, the traffic backed up, the city engaged in a giant logistical pantomime of cars and trains and everywhere people in team colors, all jammed together, inching along, when the idea for The Family Men first came to me. A friend of mine had been working on a verse novel, and I was seeing the world through a scrim of m…

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