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The story of my book: Lost & Found

by Brooke Davis

It’s May 2013. I’m sitting in a café in Nova Scotia, Canada, checking my emails, sipping on a cup of tea. My two brothers are there, too. We haven’t seen each other for a while, and they’re talking about music again. I can never keep up when they do this. Every band they mention is so obscure it sounds as if they’re making them up on the spot.

Their conversation goes something like this**:


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Emily Maguire interviews Eli Glasman

by Emily Maguire

Eli Glasman admits he felt ‘a little scared’ about how Melbourne’s Orthodox Jewish community would respond to his first novel, The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew, given it is narrated by a 17-year-old Orthodox rabbi’s son trying to reconcile his sexuality with his faith.

Yossi is, as his friend Menachem says, ‘proper religious’. He begins his day with a ritual hand-washing, always wears…

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Inflatable boobs and other awkward moments in young adult fiction

by Chris Miles

Young adult author Chris Miles tells us why you should be embarrassed to read young adult – but not in the way you think…

Cringe comedy has become a TV staple courtesy of sitcoms like The Larry Sanders Show, The Office and Curb Your Enthusiasm. But it’s been a staple of young adult fiction since at least as far back as the 1970s, when Judy Blume published Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret. Aw…

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Books you might have missed in June

by Belle Place

Given the sizeable number of new releases that arrive in store each month, here are notes from the Readings editorial office on books you might have missed in June.

Family Life by Akhil Sharma

This is Akhil Sharma’s brilliant second novel. It tells the story of an Indian family – with two sons, aged eight and twelve – who have migrated to America in the early eighties. Early in the novel, t…

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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 What Came Before by Anna George

In a recent Q&A (read it here), author Anna George said: ‘I wasn’t conscious of whether I was writing a psychological thriller or a literary novel. The book is framed around a crime but I don’t s…

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Mark’s say: Hachette vs. Amazon

by Mark Rubbo

Last month the US publishing industry’s annual get-together, the BookExpo America (BEA), was held in the giant Javits Center in midtown Manhattan on the banks of the Hudson River. It’s an event I’ve been to most years; this time I was joined by my colleague, Angela Crocombe, a recipient of the Readings Scholarship – a program designed to give Readings staff the opportunity to explore bookselling …

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Winner of the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award

All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld is the winner of the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award!

Wyld’s novel was judged as being ‘of the highest literary merit’ and presenting ‘Australian life in any of its phases’ in accordance with Miles Franklin’s guidelines for the award. Wyld wins $60,000 in prize money.

The judges said of the winning novel: ‘All the Birds, Singing draws the reader into its r…

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The story of my book: My Year Without Matches

by Claire Dunn

At the start of 2011 I had a great idea.

I’d just left a primitive thatched hut after a year of wilderness survival skills and introspection. It was an archetypal story – a-woman-on-a-mission-of-self-discovery-in-the-wilds. There were ecstatic heights and existential lows, dangers and challenges, love affairs and conflict.

I’d write a book.

I did some research. According to Stephen King, if I …

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Belle Place’s top picks for July

by Belle Place

Your regular columnist, Martin Shaw, was holidaying in Germany last month, young family and reading material in tow, which leaves me the pleasure of reporting on bookish news from the southern hemisphere for July.

Far removed from the European continent, two Australian debut novels are released this month that find their setting in our west coast. The rights to Brooke Davis’ Lost & Found have al…

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