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Inflatable boobs and other awkward moments in young adult fiction

by Chris Miles

Young adult author Chris Miles tells us why you should be embarrassed to read young adult – but not in the way you think…

Cringe comedy has become a TV staple courtesy of sitcoms like The Larry Sanders Show, The Office and Curb Your Enthusiasm. But it’s been a staple of young adult fiction since at least as far back as the 1970s, when Judy Blume published Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret. Aw…

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Books you might have missed in June

by Belle Place

Given the sizeable number of new releases that arrive in store each month, here are notes from the Readings editorial office on books you might have missed in June.

Family Life by Akhil Sharma

This is Akhil Sharma’s brilliant second novel. It tells the story of an Indian family – with two sons, aged eight and twelve – who have migrated to America in the early eighties. Early in the novel, t…

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Winner of the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award

All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld is the winner of the 2014 Miles Franklin Literary Award!

Wyld’s novel was judged as being ‘of the highest literary merit’ and presenting ‘Australian life in any of its phases’ in accordance with Miles Franklin’s guidelines for the award. Wyld wins $60,000 in prize money.

The judges said of the winning novel: ‘All the Birds, Singing draws the reader into its r…

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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.

Nina is reading What Came Before by Anna George

In a recent Q&A (read it here), author Anna George said: ‘I wasn’t conscious of whether I was writing a psychological thriller or a literary novel. The book is framed around a crime but I don’t s…

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Mark’s say: Hachette vs. Amazon

by Mark Rubbo

Last month the US publishing industry’s annual get-together, the BookExpo America (BEA), was held in the giant Javits Center in midtown Manhattan on the banks of the Hudson River. It’s an event I’ve been to most years; this time I was joined by my colleague, Angela Crocombe, a recipient of the Readings Scholarship – a program designed to give Readings staff the opportunity to explore bookselling …

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Belle Place’s top picks for July

by Belle Place

Your regular columnist, Martin Shaw, was holidaying in Germany last month, young family and reading material in tow, which leaves me the pleasure of reporting on bookish news from the southern hemisphere for July.

Far removed from the European continent, two Australian debut novels are released this month that find their setting in our west coast. The rights to Brooke Davis’ Lost & Found have al…

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The story of my book: My Year Without Matches

by Claire Dunn

At the start of 2011 I had a great idea.

I’d just left a primitive thatched hut after a year of wilderness survival skills and introspection. It was an archetypal story – a-woman-on-a-mission-of-self-discovery-in-the-wilds. There were ecstatic heights and existential lows, dangers and challenges, love affairs and conflict.

I’d write a book.

I did some research. According to Stephen King, if I …

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Q&A with Anna George

by Jason Austin

Jason Austin talks with Anna George about her new novel, What Came Before.

What Came Before begins with David’s confession that he’s killed his wife Elle. As the story progresses, we learn not only what came before that event, but what came before the couple met and how their once passionate relationship fell apart. David, in particular is a very charming, yet very troubled character. Was it h…

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Judging the Readings Children’s Book Prize 2014

Being a children’s specialist at Readings means constantly having one or more children’s or young adult novels on the go. We try to - and want to - read as much as we can but of course, like any reader, we have our preferences. There are authors who are already established as favourites, and those books we give priority to. Then there are books we feel we should read because the publisher has giv…

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