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Meet the shortlist: Maxine Beneba Clarke

by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Foreign Soil is one of the six books included on our inaugural Readings New Australian Writing Award shortlist. Here we ask Maxine Beneba Clarke five quick questions. If you were opening your own bookshop, what are three titles that would always be kept on your shelves?

My own bookstore would be a catastrophic, commercial disaster. It’d be full of books most people have never heard of, but th…

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Meet the shortlist: Ceridwen Dovey

by Ceridwen Dovey

Only the Animals is one of the six books included on our inaugural Readings New Australian Writing Award shortlist. Here we ask Ceridwen Dovey five quick questions. If you were opening your own bookshop, what are three titles that would always be kept on your shelves?

The three titles permanently stocked in my own bookshop would be Waiting for the Barbarians by J.M. Coetzee, The Tree of Man b…

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Meet our shortlisted authors for the Readings New Australian Writing Award

Last month we announced our inaugural shortlist for the Readings New Australian Writing Award! This Award is for an Australian author’s first or second book of fiction, and recognises exciting and exceptional new literary talent.

To celebrate the shortlist, we’ve asked each of our six shortlisted authors five quick questions.

Click here to read our Q&A with Christine Piper, author of After Dar

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Meet the shortlist: Christine Piper

by Christine Piper

After Darkness is one of the six books included on our inaugural Readings New Australian Writing Award shortlist. Here we ask Christine Piper five quick questions. If you were opening your own bookshop, what are three titles that would always be kept on your shelves?

Pastoralia by George Saunders, because Saunders is a genius who writes like no one else. His dystopian, quasi-science fiction s…

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Meet the shortlist: Michael Mohammed Ahmad

by Michael Mohammed Ahmad

The Tribe is one of the six books included on our inaugural Readings New Australian Writing Award shortlist. Here we ask Michael Mohammed Ahmad five quick questions. If you were opening your own bookshop, what are three titles that would always be kept on your shelves?

The Autobiography Of Malcolm X by Malcolm X; The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran; Carpentaria by Alexis Wright.

What’s the stranges…

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Meet the shortlist: Fiona McFarlane

by Fiona McFarlane

The Night Guest is one of the six books included on our inaugural Readings New Australian Writing Award shortlist. Here we ask Fiona McFarlane five quick questions. If you were opening your own bookshop, what are three titles that would always be kept on your shelves?

The Striped World by Emma Jones; The Tall Man by Chloe Hooper; Futility by William Gerhardie.

What’s the strangest piece of a…

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The 2014 Man Booker Prize for Fiction shortlist

Congratulations to the authors shortlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize!

This is the first year that this prestigious literary award has been open to any author writing in English, as long as their work is published in the United Kingdom (previously, the prize was only open to authors from the UK & Commonwealth, Republic of Ireland or Zimbabwe.) The shortlist includes books from two Americans. …

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Sam Vincent on gonzo ethnography in Blood and Guts

by Sam Vincent

Blood and Guts isn’t so much a work of investigative journalism as an exercise in gonzo ethnography. Over the summer of 2012-13 I sailed to Antarctica with the zealously vegan crew of Sea Shepherd’s flagship, the Steve Irwin – an experience that would form the (fake) meat of my book on the whaling controversy. I returned to land with ten notebooks brimming with notes, but I didn’t return with man…

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Five reasons to read this book before you see the film

Here are five reasons to read S.J. Watson’s thriller Before I Go To Sleep before you see the film (due for release in October). 1. The structure of the novel works so well!

Given this book is from the perspective of Christine, a woman with some serious memory issues (think Drew Barrymore in 50 First Dates but much, much creepier), the fact that the structure of Before I Go To Sleep works so w…

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What I Loved: Monkey Grip by Helen Garner

by Sean O’Beirne

I read Monkey Grip when I was first trying to learn to be a writer, and looking around to see if there was anything Australian that could help me. There must be tens of thousands of Australians who have gone through this: you’re young, you read Crime and Punishment and Madame Bovary, or other books as strong, and you think: alright, that’s very, very strong. But who’s strong, who can help me, her

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