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What I loved: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

by Bronte Coates

One day my younger brother came home to find me sobbing at the kitchen table. I told him not to worry, that I was just reading a book and he said, why would you read something that makes you cry?

I’m still not sure how to answer that question but, thinking back on the books and films I’ve loved the most, there’s a definite trend in this direction. In a strange, masochistic way, the ability to ma…

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Miles Franklin Shortlist 2013 Announced

An all female Miles Franklin shortlist has been announced for 2013, reflecting on a growing trend in Australian literature toward strong, emerging women voices. The list includes three debut novels, two books from our Best Fiction of 2012 list and the inaugural Stella Prize winner, Carrie Tiffany.

This year’s winner will receive $60,000, up from $50,000 last year, and each of the shortlisted aut…

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Sign up to the Readings Classical enews to win!

Readings classical music specialists are here to help you choose from an extensive range of all types of classical music at our shops. Classical music specialists regularly review many releases which you can browse online, and all online orders receive free shipping anywhere in Australia.

Each year in September we offer amazing discounts on box sets in our Classical Box Set Sale, which is not…

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EWF Program Highlights

by Sam Twyford-Moore

Emerging Writers' Festival Director Sam Twyford-Moore rounds up the best of this year’s fest.

Writers deserve to be as big as rock stars. We’re not quite at the point where there are ridiculous portraits of writers in tight jeans published in street press, or where they are being chased by a crazy mob of fans, but we’re close, and the 2013 Emerging Writers’ Festival program is partly an at…

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Vale Chrissy Amphlett

Former Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett dies at 53.

Surrounded by family and friends, singer Chrissy Amphlett passed away on Monday morning after a long battle with cancer. The Geelong born singer was diagnosed with MS in 1998 and in 2011 shocked fans when she announced she was also fighting breast cancer. Her pre-existing MS prevented her from being able to undergo radiation treatment or chem…

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Mark’s Say: From the Stella to the Pulitzer

by Mark Rubbo

You have to admit, women generally do things better and with a greater generosity of spirit than men. That was certainly true of this year’s inaugural Stella Prize announcement at Melbourne’s Australian Centre for Contemporary Art. The prize, if you didn’t know, honours Australian women’s writing. Writers, publishers, agents and booksellers flocked from around the country to attend. It was a wond…

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Making mistakes in classical music

by Kate Rockstrom

Our Classical Music Specialist Kate Rockstrom takes a look at some mistakes in musical history that were overcome and turned into beautiful performances.

When you’re a musician, making mistakes during live performances is a very real thing. Of course, you practice and practice and practice indefinitely but sometimes things happen that you have no control over. I thought I would share a few of …

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Everything old is new again

by Hariklia Heristanidis

Hariklia Heristanidis writes on why it will always be vinyl.

I have about a shelf and a half of records. It’s not a huge collection, say, in comparison to the sort of guys (and they are usually guys) who have custom built shelves that line the walls of their houses, but I am loyal, like an addict who knows what they need. In the mid-80s when a lot of my friends got rid of their records, or at …

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The Myth Of Angry Teens

by Lili Wilkinson

YA author Lili Wilkinson writes about teenagers who don’t hate their parents and aren’t angry with the world. Here she tells us why.

We’re constantly told that there’s a war going on between adults and teenagers. Even Socrates was in on it – he said that youth “show disrespect for their elders… they no longer rise when elders enter the room… they contradict their parents… and tyrannize th…

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Kids' & YA Books April Round-Up

by Emily Gale

In this month’s children’s selection we’ll explore life’s big questions, such as: is author Lili Wilkinson really magic? Is it wise to take a bath with your dog? And why is everyone called CJ all of a sudden?

It’s been a couple of weeks since we launched Lili Wilkinson’s latest YA novel, The Zigzag Effect, at the Carlton store with a Q&A session that finished off with a magic trick perfo…

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