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Win a Green Popular Penguin Book Pack

Buy any Green Popular Penguin online for $9.95 and go in the draw to win a prize pack of all 50 books from the series.

With a nod to the design for Penguin’s original ‘Mystery and Crime’ series, Penguin’s new Green Popular Penguins series flaunts a bold green cover twist on the iconic Penguin triband for 50 crime fiction classics by 38 acclaimed writers at the very top of their game.


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Alexis Wright chats to Morag Fraser

by Morag Fraser

Alexis Wright won the Miles Franklin Literary Award in 2007 for her surreal and sweeping Carpentaria. Here she talks with Morag Fraser about her new novel, The Swan Book, that takes flight from similar dystopic territory, this time guided by the omnipresence of swans.

‘I have seen swans all my life. I have watched them in many different countries myself. Some of them have big wings like the Tr

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A Cook, A Caravan, A Canoe

by SJ Finn

SJ Finn on the real and mythical, the bizarre and banal in Wayne Macauley’s writing.

I buy Australian literary magazines as often as I can. This is because I love reading them. And because there is that small issue of those magazines needing all the monetary support they can get: a testimony, perhaps, to the difficulty of knowing what true value is in a modern world.

Over and above general pl…

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Win The 100 Best Albums of All Time

Buy a copy of Toby Creswell and Craig Mathieson’s The 100 Best Albums of All Time online or from any of our stores and go in the draw to win all 100 albums on CD (valued at $2000).

The 100 Best Albums of All Time names the best albums of the last 50 years from across the globe. It tells the story behind the making of the album, where the album fits in the artist’s career and the album’s im…

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Readings Survey Results

by Mark Rubbo

Like me you’ve probably done a number of surveys, wondering what they were for and what happened to the information gleaned from them. Well, we recently sent out our own survey to the 39,000 people subscribed to our enews and Readings Monthly (you can subscribe here) and we had an overwhelming 10% response rate – the company that was helping us prepare this survey said that a good response was us…

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Meet the Bookseller with Annie Condon

We chat with bookseller Annie Condon about her politically-charged doppelganger and Enid Blyton’s boarding school series.

Why do you work in books?

I have always loved books, and was desperate to go to school and learn to read. My parents were journalists and I grew up in a house filled with books, newspapers and magazines. If I didn’t work in a bookshop, I would still spend a lot of tim…

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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.

Fiona is reading The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith

It’s hard to tackle something surrounded by as much hype as JK Rowling’s pseudonymous The Cuckoo’s Calling without carrying some of that with you in your reading of it and at first, I …

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August Highlights

by Martin Shaw

It’s August, which of course means Melbourne Writers Festival time, and the maiden festival of new director Lisa Dempster. After some puzzling years seemingly chasing the extra-literary, I’m hoping they will be placing books and their authors front and centre this time around – for connecting them to readers is to my mind a festival’s sole raison-d’etre. That Laurent Binet is one of the internat…

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What I Loved: What I Loved by Siri Hustvedt

by Belle Place

What I Loved is Siri Hustvedt’s third novel, published a decade ago now, and set in New York, opening in 1975. It follows Leo Hertzberg, an art historian teaching at Columbia, who forms a life-long friendship with artist Bill Wechsler, after purchasing a piece of his work long before he was established. The book follows both men as well as their wives, Erica and Violet, who are both academics, an…

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Q&A with Diana Greentree

Tell us about writing The Camros Bird – where did the idea start for you?

I guess the idea started when my rage following the Tampa tragedy boiled over and I put my energies and fury into working with Actors for Refugees. Here was a group of professional performers who spoke with refugees to learn their stories, and then created performances which they took into schools, universities and communi…

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