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Classical music to set the mood on Valentine’s Day

by Judi Mitchell

Valentine’s Day has never meant much to me and as an adult I’ve always had partners who’ve agreed it’s far too commercial. We have consciously avoided ‘the day’ and instead, unconsciously done special things for each other during the year. As a teenager though, I do remember sending a Valentine to a boy I fancied in the trumpet section of a band I was playing in. I got a secret thrill wondering i…

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The Stella Prize Longlist 2015

The Stella Prize longlist for 2015 was announced today! The $50,000 prize is awarded for the best work of literature, fiction or non-fiction, published in 2014 by an Australian woman.

The twelve longlisted books are:

Foreign Soil by Maxine Beneba Clarke – Read our review The Strays by Emily Bitto – Read our review Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey – Read our review This House of Grief by Hele…

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Choose your own adventure: the John Darnielle edition

by Gerard Elson


Summer, St Kilda. Strolling Acland Street, you dispose of your empty frozen yoghurt cup and peel off into Readings Books. The store’s cool interior is a welcome respite from the cramming heat outside: perfect conditions for browsing. You clock the new releases, turn the latest Murakami over in your hands. It’s a lovely object, though not what you’re after today. You saunter around a bi…

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Miriam Sved on Janette Turner Hospital

by Miriam Sved

I am teaching a creative writing subject this semester about short fiction. I’ve tutored in this subject a few times over the years, and I love it. Lots of grist in the reader: Chekhov, Faulkner, Garner, Munro. I can keep coming back to these stories and finding new ways into them. And short fiction is good to teach: literary techniques jump right out at you, there’s nowhere for them to hide. In …

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What we’re reading: Donald Antrim, Miriam Toews and the Zap Comix

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.

Chris Somerville is reading The Verificationist by Donald Antrim

Currently I’m reading Donald Antrim’s third novel, which is about twenty psychoanalysts meeting in a pancake restaurant. When the narrator, Tom, tries to instigate a food fight o…

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Best ideas for Harry Potter spin off novels

by Bronte Coates

As a die-hard fan of both the boy wizard AND adaptations, interpretations, re-dos of all kinds, I’m looking forward to the inevitable Harry Potter spin off novels that someone will one day write. Here’s a sample of some I would gladly welcome into my arms. Dumbledore’s off-screen adventures, as told by Kate Beaton

Beaton’s smart and funny, sometimes sexy, comics would no doubt capture the ess…

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Love at third sight (a Harry Potter tribute)

by Emily Gale

As a species we’re impressed by the idea that loving someone the minute you clap your eyes on them is a sign of purity. Some sort of mystical superiority. This extends to art in the sense that we’re eager to declare ‘I’m your biggest fan’ or to insist that we loved an author long before the rest of the world caught on. I know I’m not immune to this, but one author I didn’t get straight away (one …

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Happy Harry Potter Book Night

To celebrate #HarryPotterBookNight tonight we’ve written some Harry Potter themed blog posts.

Emily Gale talks about how her opinion of the Harry Potter series changed after reading them with her children. Read it here.

Chris Gordon explains why a Nick Cave song should never have featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1. Read it here.

Bronte Coates shares some of her best ide…

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Why Nick Cave and Harry Potter don’t mix

by Chris Gordon

I want to talk about why a Nick Cave song should never have featured in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 1 and why never the twain should have met.

So first things first… How is it that Harry and Hermione are dancing in a barren landscape to ‘O’ Children' by Nick Cave when:

a.) This section is not even in the book
b.) We know Harry doesn’t love Hermione
c.) We know Hermione doesn’t lo…

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