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Prime Minister’s Literary Awards Shortlist Announced

The 2013 Prime Minister’s Literary Awards shortlists have been announced! The following books were shortlisted in each award category:

Fiction Floundering by Romy Ash The Chemistry of Tears by Peter Carey Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser Lost Voices by Christopher Koch Mateship with Birds by Carrie Tiffany
# Non-fiction Bradman’s War by Malcolm Knox Uncommon Soldier by Chris Masters…

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Martin Shaw wins Bookseller of the Year

Our very own Books Manager Martin Shaw was announced Bookseller of the Year at the ABA Conference last night and we couldn’t be more proud.

Martin has been head of our books department here at Readings for 16 years (and worked here for almost 20). In addition, he has been on the programming committee of the Melbourne Writers Festival, an editorial advisor to the literary journal Kill Your

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Our Weekend Recommendations

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, and the music we’re loving.

Jessica is reading The Infatuations by Javier Marias

At the moment for me, it’s all about Javier Marias’ The Infatuations. Having read and enjoyed A Heart So White awhile ago, I was pretty keen to tackle the Spanish novelist’s latest, and so…

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Classical Music for Winter

by Kate Rockstrom

The weather is closing over and it’s getting darker earlier each day putting me in the mood for blankets, books and tea – and warming music. Here are my favourite picks to help chase away the winter blues.

Orchestral: Stravinsky: Le sacre du printemps

It’s been 100 years since there was a near-riot in Paris at the opening of Diaghilev’s ‘Ballets Russes Rite of Spring’. With a groundbreaking…

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The Story Of Our Album: I Wanna Be A Mermaid

by Coco's Lunch

Melbourne vocal & percussion quintet Coco’s Lunch give us a glimpse into the making of their recent children’s album, *I Wanna Be A Mermaid*

Our musical journey began a few years ago when we were approached by the Victorian Arts Centre and asked to be involved in a new festival for children called Chookas. They invited Coco’s Lunch to compose new songs and an interactive show for children…

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Kids & YA June Round-Up

by Emily Gale

With Melbourne’s Reading Matters all wrapped up and some brilliant new Australian releases, the month has been dominated by young adult fiction. Emily Gale gives us her picks with a few added gems for younger readers too.

I’ll start with a rapid round-up of YA conference Reading Matters, which took place over three days at the State Library of Victoria and RMIT. For YA fiction fans (of th…

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Vale Iain Banks

Scottish novelist Iain Banks has died from cancer, triggering tributes from fans across the world.

Banks made his literary debut in 1984 with The Wasp Factory, a shockingly violent exploration of power and abuse that was initially greeted with a mixture of acclaim and controversy. He went on to write 27 more novels including the widely popular The Culture science fiction series.

In his tr

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The Way We Work: Garth Nix and Sean Williams

Fresh from his appearance at Melbourne Reading Matters conference, Garth Nix joins his co-author on the Troubletwisters series, Sean Williams, for a piece on their working relationship.

One of the great things about collaborating is breaking up what can sometimes seem an insurmountable task (i.e. writing a novel) into manageable chunks and then divvying up those chunks so no one person ha…

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A.M. Homes wins the the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction

A.M. Homes is the winner of the 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction.

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Homes won for her sixth novel May We Be Forgiven, which Chair of Judges Miranda Richardson described as ‘a dazzling, original, viscerally funny black comedy’ and ‘a subversion of the American dream’.

Other shortlisted novels for 2013 included Kate Atkinson’s Life After Life, Barbara Kingsolver’s Flight Behaviou

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Shocking TV

Fans of Game of Thrones have been crushed by the events of the latest episode. Here, we take a look at other television shows that shocked us.

Nina Kenwood on Dexter

The last scene of Dexter’s season four finale goes down as one of my most shocking moments in TV history. (Disclaimer: major spoilers ahead!)

Season four of Dexter featured John Lithgow as the very creepy Trinity serial ki…

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