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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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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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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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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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Belle Place presents the best book covers of September

by Belle Place

How to Be Both by Ali Smith

I’m immediately engaged by the cover of Ali Smith’s How to Be Both, probably because of its clean use of type paired with a nice image, a design decision I’m particularly partial to. On the front cover is a photograph of Sylvie Vartan and Françoise Hardy – two French pop singers involved in the yé-yé movement that emerged in France, Italy and Spain in the early 196…

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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.

Nina is reading The Actress by Amy Sohn

I’m reading Amy Sohn’s The Actress, the story of a young up-and-coming actress who falls into a romance with an older, charismatic movie star. Throw in some dark secrets, relationship drama and Hollywood…

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Meet the shortlist: Ceridwen Dovey

by Ceridwen Dovey

Only the Animals is one of the six books included on our inaugural Readings New Australian Writing Award shortlist. Here we ask Ceridwen Dovey five quick questions. If you were opening your own bookshop, what are three titles that would always be kept on your shelves?

The three titles permanently stocked in my own bookshop would be Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee, The Tree of Man b…

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Meet the shortlist: Maxine Beneba Clarke

by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Foreign Soil is one of the six books included on our inaugural Readings New Australian Writing Award shortlist. Here we ask Maxine Beneba Clarke five quick questions. If you were opening your own bookshop, what are three titles that would always be kept on your shelves?

My own bookstore would be a catastrophic, commercial disaster. It’d be full of books most people have never heard of, but th…

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Meet our shortlisted authors for the Readings New Australian Writing Award

Last month we announced our inaugural shortlist for the Readings New Australian Writing Award! This Award is for an Australian author’s first or second book of fiction, and recognises exciting and exceptional new literary talent.

To celebrate the shortlist, we’ve asked each of our six shortlisted authors five quick questions.

Click here to read our Q&A with Christine Piper, author of After Dar

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