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Mark’s Say: Life-changing reads

by Mark Rubbo

While there are many fine books published, and it feels a great privilege to sell and promote them, it’s not so often that I come across a book I know holds the potential to have a profound effect on its reader, and the world around them. One such book, from last year, was Andrew Solomon’s Far From the Tree, which tells wide-ranging stories of parental love. Here are two recent books that struck …

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Mothers we met (and liked) in children’s books

by Emily Gale

If you’re a mother in a children’s book it likely means one or both of the following: (a.) you’re horribly dysfunctional, or (b.) you’re dead. So with Mother’s Day approaching (on Sunday 11 May), here are some mothers who not only made it out of the book alive, but with more than a shred of dignity. 1. Mrs Josephine Rabbit in The Tale of Peter Rabbit

What I love about Mrs Rabbit is her consis…

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Why we love to read

Here we share some of the fantastic entries to our Why I Love To Read competition. Thank you to everyone who sent one in!

Congratulations to our winner!

I love to read and draw more than anything else in the whole world. Sometimes I do both of them at the same time! I love to read stories about Japan, where I was born. I like to learn about Manga and how to draw Manga. And I love Alice Mira

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Anna Heyward on Karl Ove Knausgaard and Lydia Davis

by Anna Heyward

Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard reminds us, in the style of Proust, that the only subject needed for a life’s work is a life itself. Though so far just half of his six-volume My Struggle cycle has appeared in English (Knausgaard’s translator, Don Bartlett, can’t work fast enough for most of his Anglophone readers), the stretch and the intensity of his project is already clear; reading volume…

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The Story of My Book: Machine Wars by Michael Pryor

by Michael Pryor

Michael Pryor on the thinking behind his techno-thriller, Machine Wars, for readers of 10+.

Humanity has been fascinated by mechanical people ever since the whole idea of machines came about. You can call them robots or automatons or androids or cyborgs, all with their own variations and differences, but what they really are is a reflection of us. Robots are us but with something extra – stren…

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Emily Bitto chats to Kristina Olsson about The Strays

by Kristina Olsson

We live in an era infatuated with memory and perspective. In looking back, we interrogate our individual and collective pasts in an attempt, perhaps, to check our own authenticity, to keep ourselves honest. But the truth of the past, if such a thing exists, is as changeable as our needs.

This notion is at the centre of Emily Bitto’s engaging debut novel, The Strays. The story is centred around …

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Q&A with Maxine Beneba Clarke

Bronte Coates talks with Maxine Beneba Clarke about her debut collection of short stories.

Foreign Soil portrays characters positioned on the fringe of society, often oppressed or downtrodden – an asylum seeker at Villawood, a pregnant young woman in rural Jamaica. What appeals to you about writing these kinds of protagonists?

All of the issues explored in Foreign Soil are part of my experien…

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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.

Robbie is reading The Promise by Tony Birch

I am reading Tony Birch’s new story collection, The Promise. It is wonderful: richly characterised, funny and sad. I love that his stories ring true, and each time I finish one I can’t wait to start …

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Q&A with Angela Meyer

Bronte Coates talks with Angela Meyer about her new collection of micro fiction.

Why flash fiction? (And can you describe to new readers what it is?)

The terms flash fiction, and micro fiction, are relatively new ways to categorise an old form: the very short story. Some of my favourite writers in this form are Franz Kafka and Janet Frame, and I’ve been undeniably inspired by contemporary Aus…

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