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A night with Archie Roach

by Chris Gordon

On Friday eve I attended Into the Bloodstream, an evening with Archie Roach hosted by Melbourne Festival. Surrounded by his friends on stage and listening to Archie let loose his particular brand of raw, gospel tones, I felt as though the soundtrack of my adult life was being laid out before me.

I first met Archie Roach and his late wife, musician and activist Ruby Hunter, when I worked for the…

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The SPN Most Underrated Book Award Shortlist for 2013

The Small Press Network’s ‘Most Underrated Book Award’ (MUBA) aims to “shine a light on some of the outstanding titles that are released by small and independent publishers that, for whatever reason, did not receive their fair dues”. Last year, Wayne Macauley won the inaugural award for The Cook (Text).

The winner will be announced on 15 November at a public gala event as part of the SPN Indepen…

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Our staff review Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas

In Barracuda, Christos Tsiolkas once again holds up a mirror to the deepest insecurities and most dearly held dreams of middle-class Australia, delivering a searing exploration of failure, and how to come back from it.

Below, a collection of Readings staff offer their thoughts on the book.

Martin Shaw, Books Division Manager

The Chilean poet Pablo Neruda once said of the Argentine writer J…

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Non-Required Reading with the St Kilda Bookclub

by Amy Vuleta

Ever wondered what our bookclub meetings are like? Here’s a recap of a recent meeting at our St Kilda shop.

This month’s bookclub title was The Dinner by Herman Koch. It’s an incredible translation into English from its original Dutch, both funny and disturbingly chilling. All of our groups loved and hated this book in about equal measure, sometimes at the same time; it was all very confusing.…

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Last Week’s Top Ten Bestsellers

Australian authors dominate our bestselling books this week. Tim Winton’s new novel Eyrie takes out the top spot as our number one bestseller of the past week, and Richard Flanagan, Alex Miller, David Marr, John Safran, Chris Womersley, Rachel Buchanan and Kerry Greenwood round out a list of terrific Aussie authors.

Eyrie by Tim Winton The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton The Narrow Road to the D

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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.

John is reading Heads or Tails

Some of my favourite comic books at the moment include My Dirty Dumb Eyes by Lisa Hanawalt. An incredible collection of doodles, daydreams and daily life with hilarious movie reviews and a trip to a toy expo. Bla…

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Our Best Bargains for October

by Mark Rubbo

Readings Managing Director Mark Rubbo shares his top picks for bargain lovers this month.

I’m excited by this month’s new bargains which includes some wonderful titles, and there are even more lined up for the next issue of Readings Monthly out in November.

Many of the following highlights would make excellent gifts for Christmas. Mark Strizic – Melbourne Marvellous to Modern compiled by Emma…

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10 Books For YA Fans To Read Before The Movie

by Emily Gale

Are you the type who always wants to read the book first? Here’s a list of movies based on books YA fans love, which are due to be released over the next few months.

1. Catching Fire by Suzanne Collins

The second installment in the Hunger Games trilogy will be released in November. This is one of the rare times when I’ve enjoyed a movie (Hunger Games, the first installment) more than a book b…

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Eleanor Catton wins 2013 Man Booker Prize

New Zealand author Eleanor Catton has won the Man Booker Prize for her second novel The Luminaries, an epic read that has been described as a ‘Kiwi Twin Peaks’ - an astrological mystery set in 1866 Hokitika. At 28, she is the youngest author to claim the prize (the previous youngest recipient of the award was Ben Okri who won aged 32 in 1991) and her book itself at 832 pages is the longest novel …

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A Balinese Book Exchange

by Chris Gordon

Recently I travelled through the fine island of Bali, staying in a variety of hotels all surrounded by lush gardens and smiling people. At every new place, I’d wander into the reception and discover the same thing: a book exchange - a few shelves dedicated to the travelling person, bereft of reading. With an almost pathological urge I would find myself scanning the books held within these shelves…

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