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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.

Emily is reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy (or at least, half of it)

I decided to start this novel years after making it a victim of tsundoku (the act of leaving a book unread after buying it). What a gut-twisting masterpiece this is. Well, …

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DVD challenges for winter

Here are five ways to enjoy staying in during the cold winter evenings. Commit yourself to a beloved TV show that you missed out on when it was actually aired.

Make this the year you finally watch Twin Peaks which is probably the greatest television series of all-time (who us? Biased?). If you’re asking yourself, do I really have to watch this old show then check out this great response fro…

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The 2014 Man Booker Prize longlist

Congratulations to all the authors and publishers longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize, including Australian Richard Flanagan for his novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

This year’s longlist ranges from a new novel from a previous winner of the award (J) to a debut novel that was ‘crowdfunded’ by members of the public (The Wake). This is also the first year that this prestigious litera…

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A snapshot of what teenagers are reading

Over the past few months we’ve been participating in a work experience program with students from high schools across Melbourne including Anna Louey, Olivia Walls, Matilda Morley, Joel Calabria, Estelle Sutherland, Kealy Siryj and Tess Devine-Hercus. While these students were with us, we asked them what kind of books they like to read. Here are our findings…

Everyone had different favourite re

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The Lifted Brow on the Ego Issue

The latest issue of The Lifted Brow has caused some controversy by banning all instances of first-person pronoun. Here, the editors tell us their reasons behind their decision. Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Sam Cooney:

The Ego Issue of The Lifted Brow is intended – whilst also being as splendiferous re its contents as every other issue before it – as a provocation to readers, to writers, to pub…

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Q&A with Omar Musa

Chris Gordon talks with Omar Musa about his revelatory and incendiary debut novel.

Your parents are both writers – your mum is a journalist and your dad is poet – and now you’ve made words your tools as well. What is your earliest memory of the power of language?

Always hard to say. Was it when I went to plays with my mum (she was a theatre reviewer) as a kid and was amazed at how a person co…

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Our top picks for the Melbourne Writers Festival

Here are our top picks for what to see at the Melbourne Writers Festival (MWF) this year!

Belle Place is really looking forward to seeing Emily Nussbaum.

I’m really looking forward to Castaway with Emily Nussbaum. Nussbaum is the television critic for the New Yorker and I can’t remember ever not agreeing with her reviews (most recently, on Orange is the New Black and Veep). She’s particularly…

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Ask Agatha: lying about books you’ve never read

The latest installment of our book advice column where you can ask our wise bookseller Agatha all your tricky (book-related) questions. I’ve recently made a new friend who is very well-read. I’ve been lying about my reading habits to make them think I’ve read as many classics as they have. Is this wrong?

If you really want to hear about it, it is a truth universally acknowledged that hardly a…

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Victor Hugo: Les Misérables exhibition at the State Library of Victoria

Don’t miss the State Library of Victoria’s world-first Victor Hugo exhibition (including a special Readings pop-up shop!)

This exhibition is a world-first insight into the most popular French story of all time, featuring rare items from the collections of the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Maison de Victor Hugo, Musée Rodin, Cameron Mackintosh Archive and others – including Victor Hug…

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