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Ask Agatha: Hilary Mantel, The Leftovers and romantic comedies

The latest installment of our book advice column where you can ask our wise bookseller Agatha all your tricky (book-related) questions. I’ve really enjoyed the Hilary Mantel Cromwell novels. Can you recommend other historical novel writers/titles?

Isn’t Mantel spectacular? If you haven’t yet tried her previous books it’s worth testing a title from her backlist. Beyond Black is one of the best…

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Mark’s Say: Political memoirs from women

by Mark Rubbo

What do you do when an invitation to meet a former prime minister arrives in your inbox?

It might depend which PM, but if you’re a bit of a sycophant like me, you might press reply near immediately. Random House Australia recently invited booksellers from across the country to assemble in Sydney and meet former Prime Minister Julia Gillard; the occasion was to formally announce the publication o…

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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.

Ann Le Lievre is reading My Salinger Year by Joanna Smith Rakoff

My favourite ‘read-in-one-night’ book of this month is My Salinger Year.

It was that title which first caught my attention. Mmmm someone has met the elusive writer, or perhaps s…

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The editors of three literary journals tell us what they’re reading

Throughout winter, we are celebrating Melbourne literary journals with a new event series, Journal Assembly. In June, we’ll hear from Sam Cooney, Jeff Sparrow and Amy Middleton. Here, they share their current reading lists. Amy Middleton, editor of Archer Magazine:

Having only recently sent the second issue of Archer Magazine off to the printers, I’ve spent the last couple of weeks reading, a…

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Cookbooks we love (and actually use)

Our staff share stories about their favourite cookbooks! Chris Gordon:

Pork and Sons is the archetypal pork cookbook. This book provides handy information into the history of the pig, the farmers and, of course, how to transform pork into meals suitable for any occasion.

In the book are 150 recipes presented by a three-generation-old family of pig butchers and farmers in rural France. Honest…

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A Girl is a Half-formed Thing wins the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction

Eimear McBride’s debut novel, A Girl Is A Half-Formed Thing, has been named the winner of the 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction.

Chair of judges Helen Fraser says, “An amazing and ambitious first novel that impressed the judges with its inventiveness and energy. This is an extraordinary new voice – this novel will move and astonish the reader”.

With astonishing insight and in brutal d…

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Interviews with our work experience students

by Matilda Morley

Over the next few weeks we’re participating in a work experience program with students from high schools across Melbourne. Here, Matilda Morley tells us about her favourite books. How would you describe your taste in books? Do you like romance or adventure, science fiction or history, etc?

In general, my taste in books is pretty varied. A few years ago my favourite genre was fantasy and I do …

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Meet the bookseller with Savannah Indigo

by Savannah Indigo

We chat with bookseller Savannah Indigo about her penchant for organising bookshelves and the parallels Frankenstein draws with cosmetic use in the twenty-first century.

Why do you work in books?

When I was younger, I had a fascination with organising bookshelves. I would obsess over mine at home and reorganise any shelves at bookshops that I thought weren’t up to scratch (much to staff frust…

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Guess the winner of the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award!

We’re running a competition to guess the winner of the upcoming Miles Franklin Literary Award. Anyone who correctly guesses the winner goes in the draw to win a $100 Readings gift voucher. To enter, simply fill in the form below before midnight on Wednesday 25 June. Update: entries have been extended to 5pm on Thursday 26 June.

Fill out my online form.

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Five reasons to attend Graphic Contents at the Emerging Writers' Festival

by Veronica Sullivan

This Thursday night Graphic Contents: A Night of Comics, Zines and Visual Oddities brings together artists, animators and writers for a multimedia visual storytelling event. This performative celebration of all things comics, zines and visual art is one of the must-see events at the Emerging Writers’ Festival. Here are five reasons not to miss it….

1. You like to get a little bit naughty.


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