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The story of my book: The Great Unknown

by Angela Meyer

While I was writing my thesis I’d get hooked on different TV series and watch episodes at night while my partner was at work. I managed to turn my Simpsons marathons into a chapter in my exegesis, and it was while watching the original series of The Twilight Zone that the book The Great Unknown was born. We can also thank social media.

I tweeted one night about entering the Zone and Bronwyn Meha…

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Special in-store offers this Christmas season

This Christmas season we’re thrilled to announce some exciting special offers available in our shops.

$10 off signed copies of Burial Rites by Hannah Kent for one day only!

On Thursday 19 December, for one day only, we’re delighted to offer $10 off Hannah Kent’s acclaimed début Burial Rites (was $32.99 now $22.95). The offer also includes a bookplate signed by the author.

This special offe…

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Five books that unsettled me in 2013

by Bronte Coates

Elena Ferrante is my favourite literary discovery of 2013 and the first book of hers I read, The Days of Abandonment, has permanently lodged itself under my skin. Even though I also love Ferrante’s other books (you can read my review of My Brilliant Friend here), this title wins ‘most distressing book I read this year’ hands down.

Narrated by Olga, a woman whose husband unexpectedly leaves h…

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Why I want my sister to read Terry Pratchett

by Dani Solomon

Bookseller Dani Solomon tells us why she’s gifted her sister Terry Pratchett’s series about a witch named Tiffany Aching.

My sister turned 11 this year. She’s an excellent human with a wicked sense of humour who very much knows her own mind and I am stupidly proud of her just for existing. She’ll start high school soon and like any decent big sister who works in a bookshop I want to load up he…

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Ric Hambleton wins the Age Short Story Award for 2013

At age 67, Ric Hambleton has been presented with two prizes in this year’s Age Short Story Awards.

Hambleton’s story about a group of young communists in Preston in the 1950s, ‘Joseph Stalin and the Bourgeois Ferret’, has won the $2000 first prize, while ‘Wotsername’ won the $500 third prize. The poet Lisa Jacobson, author of the acclaimed speculative verse novel The Sunlit Zone, was awarded the…

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Sam Twyford-Moore on photography books

by Sam Twyford-Moore

Good writing about photography is hard to find. There are millions of photography books – instructions, owner manuals, individual artist monographs, digital camera guides for dummies – but few books of critical writing dedicated to the art. Usually it takes a non-expert stepping into the field to offer a different perspective and bring the book to attention. Janet Malcolm began writing about phot…

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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 listening to Ocean From Above

I’m listening to Melbourne band Seagull’s new album Ocean From Above, a haunting mix of classical guitars and distinct high pitched vocals, and a slow and intense listen that rewards patience as the musi…

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My Go-To-Gifts

by Bronte Coates

Gift-giving can be tricky. I regularly find people popping up on my gift list that I struggle to buy for: people I don’t know very well; people with dissimilar interests; people I’ve forgotten until the last minute. To that end, over the years I’ve created a list of ‘go-to-gifts’, books that have wide appeal which, more often than not, I’ve gifted on multiple occasions.

My best pick for anyone w…

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Five notable novels I read this year

by Nina Kenwood

The best novel I read this year: The Interestings by Meg Wolitzer

I loved this big, bold novel. It follows a group of friends from their teen years at a summer camp in the 1970s through to middle age in the present day. It traces the evolving relationships among the group, the secrets they keep from one another and the impact of one person being more successful than another on a friendship. I f…

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