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What I Loved: Monkey Grip by Helen Garner

by Sean O’Beirne

I read Monkey Grip when I was first trying to learn to be a writer, and looking around to see if there was anything Australian that could help me. There must be tens of thousands of Australians who have gone through this: you’re young, you read Crime and Punishment and Madame Bovary, or other books as strong, and you think: alright, that’s very, very strong. But who’s strong, who can help me, her

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Meet the bookseller with Alexandra Mathew

by Alexandra Mathew

We chat with Alexandra Mathew about her love for immersive books and classical music.

Why do you work in books and music?

My primary area of interest and knowledge is in classical music, but I also happen to love reading, so the two go together nicely. It’s a privilege to share my love of books and music with like-minded people.

What book or music would you happily spend a weekend indoors

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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.

Ann is reading How to Get There by Maggie Mackellar

We’re lucky to have writers such as Favel Parrett, and of course Bob Brown in Optimism: Reflections on a Life of Action (my other favourite read of the month), sharing Tasmania with us as an …

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Our staff recommend gifts for Father’s Day

Chris recommends…

The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Metaphysical thriller, meditation on mortality and chronicle of our self-devouring times, this kaleidoscopic novel crackles with the invention and wit that have made David Mitchell one of the most celebrated writers of his generation. Here is fiction at its most spellbinding and memorable best.

Read our review here.

Tam recommends…

The H

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The Father’s Day face-off

by Emily Gale

We put some of our favourite dad characters in the ring. Most Loveable Dad…

[he is] the most marvellous and exciting father any boy ever had.
William (from Danny the Champion of the World)
…honest as the day is long, reliable, trustworthy and able.
Arthur Weasley (from the Harry Potter series)

Points to Arthur Weasley for his equal opportunities attitude to wizards, his gentle parenting …

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September Blockbusters

In the literary calendar September is typically a month for the Big Releases and 2014 had been no different. Here’s a list of blockbusters available this month. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

Our reviewer writes, ‘ The Bone Clocks has a clear protagonist: the rebellious, clairvoyant Holly Sykes, whose life is thrown into tumult from a young age by the disembodied voices of the ‘Radio Peo…

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Ceridwen Dovey interviews Ellen van Neerven

by Ceridwen Dovey

It’s a really interesting thing, isn’t it? To write a book and feel so different about it all the time, and not know some of the answers to the questions,’ 23-year-old debut author Ellen van Neerven confides early in our conversation. She is shy but candid over the phone, often surprising me by asking to hear my own thoughts in return, which makes it as much a pleasure to speak to van Neerven abo…

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Celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day at Readings

Come celebrate Indigenous Literacy Day with us! Buy a book and you’ll help raise funds for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.

The Indigenous Literacy Foundation aims to raise literacy levels and improve the opportunities of Indigenous Australians living in remote and isolated regions. The foundation does this through a free book supply program that goes to over 200 organisations and communities…

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The Way We Work: Dave Hartley and Scott Prince

Drawing on their indigenous heritage, a rugby league star and a deputy principal have teamed up to write a children’s book series, Deadly D & Justice Jones. Dave Hartley tells us how it all came about.

Scott and I knew we had a story that would connect with young readers but we were becoming increasingly disheartened that we’d never find the right publisher. Fortunately, it’s not in our natures …

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Lorelei Vashti on deliberate lies in Dress, Memory

by Lorelei Vashti

George Bernard Shaw said ‘All autobiographies are lies. I do not mean unconscious, unintentional lies: I mean deliberate lies.’ It sounds pretty harsh, but part of that quote appears as a disclaimer at the start of my book Dress, Memory because I really struggled to get my head around what is ‘truth’ and ‘lies’ while writing my memoir. I have learned that any time you attempt to craft a narrative…

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