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Ask Agatha: reluctant readers, David Gemmell and books set in Texas

Welcome to our new book advice column where you can ask our wise bookseller Agatha all your tricky (book-related) questions. I’ve read all of David Gemmell’s books and don’t know what to read next. Who’s an author like him?

This is a tricky question because really, there is no single author that matches Gemmell’s style to perfection. Luckily, his influence is strongly evident in a number of f…

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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.

Mark is reading A Fighting Chance by Elizabeth Warren

I’ve been having a look through A Fighting Chance by Senator Elizabeth Warren. Warren is considered the unacknowledged leader of the new progressive movement in US politics and people are s…

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National Treasure: Bob Graham

by Emily Gale

It was my privilege to attend this year’s Children’s Book Council conference in Canberra last weekend. The theme for the conference was ‘Discovering National Treasures’ and one of my personal highlights was ‘A Bird In The Hand’, an exhibition at the Canberra Museum and Gallery celebrating the thirty-year career of picture book writer and illustrator Bob Graham.

The exhibition was lovingly c…

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Derrick Brown answers questions by Jonathan Safran Foer

by Derrick Brown

This month literary journal Going Down Swinging will present a series of shows around Australia featuring spoken word rockstar Derrick Brown. As a special treat for Readings he has answered Jonathan Safran Foer’s ‘Two Minute Personality Test’ questions from his Cultivating Thought Author Series.

What’s the kindest thing you almost did?

I ate bacon from a hog that looked depressed.

What’s y

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Celebrating the Sydney Writers' Festival from home

The 2014 Sydney Writers' Festival kicks off tonight! The good news is that those of us not in Sydney can still follow along at home. Bronte Coates shows you how. Step 1: Become acquainted with Andrew Solomon’s online persona.

Andrew Solomon’s Far from the Tree is one of the few books I’d ever feel justified describing as ‘life-changing’. Here are stories of families living with exceptional an…

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The Story of My Book: Prison Library

by Anne Ferran

Prison Library is about a very particular place – a library that used to exist inside Fremantle Maximum Security Prison in WA. Talk to anyone who grew up in the town when Fremantle Prison was still a working gaol and they’ll have stories of its looming presence in their lives: the high stone walls, razor wire, the guard towers and massive gates that they drove or walked past every day. Yet twenty…

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Our thoughts on the The Fault in Our Stars movie

Thanks to Penguin, several of our staff members were invited to attend a special preview screening of The Fault In Our Stars film. Here, two staff chat about their reactions.

Nina: On a scale of 1 to 10, how much did you cry in this movie? (1 being eyes glimmering with unshed tears, ten being full-on sobbing)?

Bronte: A 7? I think I started crying about 20 minutes in. Possibly the whole cinem…

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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 The Girls from Corona Del Mar by Rufi Thorpe

I’m having a really great reading year. I know I’ve done a lot of raving about books in this column, but it’s all justified, I promise. Some of my favourite books are already out (We

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Why I wrote a ghost story

by Nova Weetman

When I started writing The Haunting of Lily Frost it was as a conscious decision to write something that straddled two genres. Usually I write stories that are very real-world, but with this book I wanted to write something half coming-of-age and half ghost story. The first few drafts weren’t scary at all. They were a pathetic attempt at the supernatural. Writing a ghost story is really hard, eve…

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