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Preview of Whole Larder Love

by Chris Gordon

Our resident foodie Chris Gordon previews Rohan Anderson’s Whole Larder Love.

Here’s a bloke doing the walk and the talk – and someone as pure as that has to be admired. Rohan Anderson started out with a sweet little plot of land – the size of a Fitzroy courtyard – and grew stuff. One summer he grew 22kg of tomatoes, he made his pumpkin vines walk up the side of a fence and he felt strangely i…

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Five must watch DVDs

by Gerard Elson

Because I like you, dear reader, I’ll level with you: I haven’t viewed a new DVD in weeks. It feels weird and is not behaviour I’d recommend.

As the author of the Readings Monthly’s DVD page, I’m typically up to my ears in great cinema and television—after all, it’s quite a range we have here. Alas, with the Damoclean sword that is the end of the university year looming ever nearer, I’m ashamed …

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Covers Spotlight

by Jessica Au

Jessica Au from Readings St Kilda rounds up the best in new book design for the next instalment of our irregular covers appreciation series.

The Newlyweds by Nell Freudenberger / Cover photo Chaloner Woods (forthcoming)

Sepia tones and an image of old-fashioned domesticity is jacked up and electrified by a bright blue blue diagonal here - and one that actually looks even more striking in the…

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Winners of the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards

**The winners of the Western Australian Premier’s Book Awards were announced in a ceremony on Sunday 16 September. **

Fiona Skyring’s Justice: A History of the Aboriginal Legal Service of Western Australia won the overall 2011 Premier’s Prize as well as the WA History Award. All That I Am by Anna Funder was voted the winner of the People’s Choice Award.

Tim Winton was inducted into the State…

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Warehouse Sale on Drummond Street

Hey everybody. We’re having a big sale down at 348 Drummond Street, Carlton this weekend.

What: A massive sale on hundreds of DVDs and more. Everything $5.

When: 14 - 16 September, 10am - 5pm

Where: 348 Drummond St, Carlton (between Faraday and Elgin Sts)

So, if you’re a book-lover, a bargain-hunter, a film-fiend or just visiting the neighbourhood, come say hullo and rummage through our s…

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Q&A with Toni Jordan, author of Nine Days

by Jessica Au

Toni Jordan chats with Jessica Au about her new book, Nine Days.

Tell us about writing Nine Days – where did the idea start for you?

After I finished Fall Girl, I had no idea whatsoever. Nothing. Unlike many writers I know, I find ideas the hardest part of the process. My publisher had this photo in his files; he was in love with it, he’d kept it for years hoping one day he’d publish a boo…

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Man Booker Shortlist 2012 Announced

The shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize highlights both big-name authors and small publishers.

The Booker prize aims to recognise the ‘best novel of the year written by a citizen of the United Kingdom, the Commonwealth or the Republic of Ireland’ and the shortlist, chosen by panel Dinah Birch, Amanda Foreman, Dan Stevens, Bharat Tandon and chair Sir Peter Stothard, has just been annou

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Q&A with Tim Soutphommasane, author of The Virtuous Citizen

by Jessica Au

Tim Soutphommasane chats with Jessica Au about his new book, The Virtuous Citizen.

What are you reading now?

I tend to read a few books on the go. I’m currently going through Thinking the Twentieth Century by Tony Judt and Tim Snyder, and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain. I recently finished What Money Can’t Buy by Michael Sandel.

What was the

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Readings Foundation 2013 Grants are now open

We’re excited to announce that applications for The Readings Foundation 2013 grants are now open.

The Readings Foundation was established by Readings Managing Director Mark Rubbo in 2009 to support Victorian individuals and organisations that wish to further the development of literacy, community work and the arts. Readings donates 10% of its overall profit to The Readings Foundation each y…

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Q&A with David Marr, author of Quarterly Essay 47: Political Animal

by Will Heyward

David Marr chats with Will Heyward about Quarterly Essay 47: Political Animal: The Making of Tony Abbott.

Your essay characterises a young Tony Abbott as enthralled by an ideology that, ‘deplored the pill, homosexuality, rampant materialism, married women in the workforce, environmentalists, drugs [and] abortion…’ ‘The question,’ you ask, ‘is how much has he jettisoned since?’ What’s the sh

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