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Our March book club pick: Abigail Ulman

Each month we choose a newly released book that we feel is perfect for a book club. Then we roadtest it. We read the book (and encourage you to read along with us), and at the end of the month, we’ll share our thoughts about its potential for book clubbers. Our pick for March is Abigail Ulman’s Hot Little Hands.

What’s the opening line? I had never bumped into a teacher before on the weekend.

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March 2015 highlights

by Martin Shaw

I must say I’ve been having a good run of late with the first book I read in any given year. Last year, for instance, I was gushing about Maxine Beneba Clarke’s Foreign Soil – so it’s been gratifying to see the reception it’s had since, including most recently her Stella Prize longlisting.

This year it’s a memoir that’s totally seduced me: Rebecca Starford’s Bad Behaviour: A Memoir of Bullying a

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Martin Shaw interviews Rebecca Starford

by Martin Shaw

Rebecca Starford’s Bad Behaviour: A Memoir of Bullying and Boarding School is generating much excitement at Readings. After numerous sleep-deprived staff members turned up to work unable to think or speak of anything else, Martin Shaw decided to go straight to the source for the story behind this fantastic debut. Here, Martin and Rebecca discuss how this extraordinary memoir came about.

MS: I’…

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What we’re reading: Eula Biss, Stef Penney and Zadie Smith

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.

Bronte Coates is reading Notes from No Man’s Land by Eula Biss

So I think Eula Biss is one of my new favourite authors. I read On Immunity last month and loved it so much (you can read my review here) that I immediately bought myself a copy of…

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The best new books for unicorn fans

by Angela Crocombe

Most imaginatively inclined people (childlike some might call us) have a favourite mythical animal. Mine is the unicorn. And I am not alone. A resurgence of books celebrating this most noble and magical of beasts has lately been filling me, and other unicorn lovers, with excitement and delight.

Award-winning Sydney author Aaron Blabey has released a hilarious new rhyming picture book about a…

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Our thoughts on A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler

Each month we choose a newly released book that we feel is perfect for a book club. Then we roadtest it. Here are some notes from our own book club discussion of Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread. WARNING: This blog post contains spoilers. To read a spoiler-free discussion of the book, please click here. On the novel’s unusual structure:

I think if this book had been traditionally structur…

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Is A Spool of Blue Thread by Anne Tyler a good pick for book clubs?

Each month we choose a newly released book that we feel is perfect for a book club. Then we roadtest it. Here are our thoughts on whether Anne Tyler’s A Spool of Blue Thread is a good pick for for book clubs. There are no spoilers in this blog post. To read our notes from our book club discussion, click here.

The response from this month’s book clubbers was an overwhelming thumbs up! The book…

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What we’re reading: Sarah Helm, Emily Bitto and Judy Melinek

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.

Annie Condon is reading Working Stiff: Two Years, 262 Bodies and the Making of a Medical Examiner by Judy Melinek and T.J. Mitchell

Last week I came across a fascinating title – ‘Working Stiff: 2 Years 262 Bodies and the Making of a Medical Ex…

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