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Specky Magee competition

Simon ‘Specky’ Magee is nuts about football, both watching it and playing it. He’s such a good player that he’s earned himself a nickname for his ‘spec-tacular’ marks.

There are seven books in the Specky Magee series by Felice Arena and Garry Lyon, and we’ve got two full sets to give away to a couple of lucky footy fans. And better still, each book is signed by both authors.

All you have t…

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Jon Bauer interviews Craig Sherborne about The Amateur Science of Love

by Jon Bauer

Craig Sherborne is an extraordinary Australian writer – one who burst onto the local literary scene with an impressive splash with his childhood memoir, Hoi Polloi, in 2005, followed by its adolescent-based sequel, Muck (2007). His many fans include J.M. Coetzee, Clive James and Hilary Mantel, while Australia’s most famous literary critic, Peter Craven, called him ‘one of nature’s writers’. His m

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Miss Harper’s Guide to Manners

by Holly Harper

Our childrens' book specialist Holly Harper looks at the best books for young readers, which tackle a very important subject matter - manners.

When I was younger I was invited to a friend’s house for lunch. This friend of mine was fabulously, ridiculously wealthy, and she lived in a mansion on a hill which to me seemed like a castle. As soon as she’d invited me to lunch, I started to get worrie…

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Watch our monthly comics night in action

by Andrew McDonald

What It Is? is our monthly comics and graphic novels night held at Readings Carlton. Daniel Hayward from The Video Factory has been filming the events as they unfold.

Here is the latest video of the May installment of What It Is? which featured Mike Shuttleworth talking about his recent trip to the Angoulême Comics Festival in France and Brenton McKenna, the author of the first Australian indig…

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Fiona Capp interviews Malcolm Knox about The Life

by Fiona Capp

Malcolm Knox is the author of three novels, Summerland, A Private Man and Jamaica. He is also a Walkley Award-winning journalist and the author of one non-fiction book, Secrets of the Jury Room, an account of his experience as a juror, and a history of the jury system. He spoke to Fiona Capp about his latest, much-anticipated novel, The Life.

The first thing that hits you when you open Malcolm K…

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Colum McCann wins IMPAC Literary Award

by Andrew McDonald

Irish author Colum McCann has won the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award for his 2009 novel Let The Great World Spin.

With prize money of €100,000, the IMPAC is the world’s richest literary prize. It’s yet another prize for the much lauded novel which also won the National Book Award for fiction in the US.

Judges of the prize said the winning novel was ‘a genuinely 21st century novel t…

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The Story of my Book: Jane Clifton on The Address Book

by Jane Clifton

Australian entertainer and author Jane Clifton guest blogs for Readings to tell us the story behind her memoir The Address Book - in which she tracks down all 32 houses she’s ever lived in.

Ideas for stories flutter into the brain like birds through the summer window. Flapping their wings in panic, trying to escape, tripping the light switch in the writing room, rustling the leaves of the notep…

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Red House Children’s Book Award

by Holly Harper

The winners of the Red House Children’s book awards have been announced, and what a great batch of books they are! These UK-based awards are judged entirely by children from the shortlist to the winners, so you know these books are going to really hit the spot for the younger readers in your life.

Younger Readers Category and Overall Winner: Shadow by Michael Morpurgo Younger Readers Runners-…

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MIFF First Glance

Did you know The Melbourne International Film Festival has been screening intriguing, challenging and downright entertaining cinema to Melbournians since 1952?

To mark the festival’s 60th anniversary this year, MIFF’s intrepid programmers have planned a special program to celebrate the festival’s unique cultural heritage. Take a sneak peak at this year’s program in MIFF’s First Glance online b

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Craig Sherborne ebook specials

by Andrew McDonald

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Craig Sherborne’s debut novel is finally with us this month. The Amateur Science of Love is a love story, told from passionate beginning to spectacular end and Helen Garner has praised it highly: ‘All women with lingering illusions about the way men think should read this fast-moving, sharply focused, fantasy-shattering little thunderclap of a book.’

The Amateur Science of

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