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Interviews with our work experience students

by Kealy Siryj

Over the next few weeks we’re participating in a work experience program with students from high schools across Melbourne. Here, Kealy Siryj tells us about her favourite books. How would you describe your taste in books? Do you like romance or adventure, science fiction or history, etc?

My taste in books is quite varied and I definitely wouldn’t consider any specific genre to be my favourite.…

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Movies and books that made us cry more than The Fault in our Stars

The crying hangover that follows reading (or watching the film of) The Fault In Our Stars has been described as epic. Here are some other books and films that have also left our staff puffy, splotchy and teary. Amy Vuleta, Assistant Manager at Readings St Kilda:

Once Upon a River by Bonnie Jo Campbell made me cry more than TFIOUS. I bought a copy when travelling in the US a couple of years ag…

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The story of my book: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to Chemo

by Luke Ryan

Look, I realise cancer is not the most naturally hilarious subject. You rarely find yourself slaying at a dinner party with a selection of your best tumour-based one-liners. You never saw Rodney Dangerfield mugging to camera while saying ‘Whoa, when I said I wanted a cancer, I was talking about the star sign!’ I imagine most people probably place it in the Strictly No Laughing Matter basket along…

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Ask Agatha: how to read Peter Carey and great female villains

The latest installment of our book advice column where you can ask our wise bookseller Agatha all your tricky (book-related) questions. Ever since I read all of Gillian Flynn’s books, I’ve been in the mood for reading about dark, complicated female characters. Can you recommend a book with a great female villain?

If you are looking for a dark female lead, look no further than Alissa Nutting’s…

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Q&A with Ianto Ware

by Lisa Dempster

Lisa Dempster talks with Ianto Ware about his new book, part love letter to cycling and part history of the Tour de France.

What inspired you to write about the Tour de France?

I was a chronic insomniac when I was a student, which is how I got into the Tour. I used to stay up late at night writing and watching cycling and the two sort of merged.

Then, after I finished my PhD, I started work…

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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 has several books on the go

I’ve got several books on the go at the moment. Over the weekend I inhaled The Jewel by Amy Ewing (due September), which went completely against my usual habit of by-passing novels that feature an elaborate dr

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Books by women you should read this winter

by Nina Kenwood

We’re deep in winter which means you have a built-in excuse not to leave the house; it’s practically mandatory to spend your weekend reading under a blanket on the couch. As to the question of what you should be reading – please allow me to bossily provide you with some recommendations.

In this Year of Reading Women, July is proving to be a standout month with a deluge of brilliant books by wome…

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The story of my book: Razorhurst

by Justine Larbalestier

I wrote Razorhurst because I moved to the Sydney suburb of Surry Hills in late 2005 and fell hopelessly in love with it. It’s a beautiful suburb full of narrow lanes, grand old pubs, terrace houses, warehouses—it still has a garment district though it’s not what it once was. There are multi-million dollar flats along side housing commission homes. The cashed-up newer residents have yet to drive o…

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Interviews with our work experience students

by Estelle Sutherland

Over the next few weeks we’re participating in a work experience program with students from high schools across Melbourne. Here, Estelle Sutherland tells us about her favourite books. How would you describe your taste in books? Do you like romance or adventure, science fiction or history, etc?

Some of my favourite genres are adventure, fantasy and, in particular, historical fiction. I love re…

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