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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.

Bronte is reading The Long Weekend in Alice Springs

The Long Weekend in Alice Springs is an amazing book - imaginative, compelling and thoughtful. One reviewer called it a ‘haunting excursion into Alice’s psyche’ and I feel this is very apt.

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July Highlights

by Jessica Au

Jessica Au, editor of Readings Monthly, is moving to the Balkans but she leaves us with some great July recommendations before stepping on the plane.

Mid-winter takes us from the speculative world of mind-bending literati to a ragtag bunch of rural evangelists. Local house Sleepers has brought out its second debut of the year, Vanessa Russell’s Holy Bible – a darkly comedic, darkly savage look…

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The Perks of Teen Romance Novels

by Emilia Feneziani

Going to an all-girls school, you tend to hear a lot about the latest and greatest teen romance novel that’s circulating through the year level. Yes, it’s kind of a cliché for teenage girls to be reading romance novels but how can anyone resist the sweet, sappy and adorable words spoken by the fictional heartthrobs we wish were real?

Here’s a few titles that I loved.

Anna and the French Kiss

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An Album That Changed My Life: Fun House by The Stooges

by Roland Bisshop

My childhood was a fairly strict Catholic one and rock ‘n’ roll was frowned upon with a muscular brow. Mix-tapes were exchanged in shadowy corridors of the high school, to be auditioned privately with the aid of headphones and it was in this way that I first heard The Stooges’ Fun House - a record which for me, even to this day, serves as the benchmark for rock ‘n’ roll. Like a dog finally break…

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Meet the Bookseller with Steve Bidwell-Brown

We chat with Steve Bidwell-Brown, our new Online Fulfilment Manager, about Polish poetry, mimes and reading Ulysses.

What’s the strangest experience you’ve had in a bookshop?

I once helped a budding Charlie Chaplin impersonator find books about his hero. He was a young method actor looking to audition for a mime school in France. Our exchange generally consisted of me communicating with w…

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Mark’s Say

by Mark Rubbo

The Australian Booksellers Association recently had their annual conference in Adelaide. Each year, booksellers from around the country gather together to exchange ideas, acknowledge their peers and, of course, enjoy some good company. At the gala dinner for 2013, I was very proud and chuffed to see Readings’ own Martin Shaw announced as the ABA Text Publishing Bookseller of the Year.

Martin joi…

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Vale James Gandolfini

by Duncan McKimm

James Gandolfini died yesterday. While James played many roles in many different productions, there’s no doubt his work in portraying Tony Soprano will be remembered as his finest.

Does it diminish Mr Gandolfini’s life to present a requiem for him through one of his characters? Potentially, but I offer the following as a tribute to a man who produced some of history’s finest screen acting and un…

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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.

Emily is reading The Gold Inky Awards 2013 Longlist

Now that the INKY longlists are out (the teen lit awards as voted by teen judges, organised by insideadog.com.au) I’m making my way through the Australian list. I’ve just finished Cry Blue

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An Album That Changed My Life: Sky Blue Sky by Wilco

by Bronte Coates

Growing up, I felt acutely self-conscious about my taste in music. I rarely knew bands others brought up in conversation and was too embarrassed to ask about them. I never offered up my own bands. I had a tendency towards pop that no-one else seemed to share except for ‘true fans’ and I didn’t have the trivia knowledge to hang with them. For years, my collection was largely populated by musical s…

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Questions of Travel by Michelle de Kretser wins the 2013 Miles Franklin

Michelle de Kretser’s Questions of Travel is the winner of the 2013 Miles Franklin Literary Award

The judges said:

“*Two characters, two stories, each describing a different journey: Laura leaves home in Sydney to roam the world, travelling just because she can, looking for experience but always missing out on love; Ravi leaves home in Sri Lanka because he must, driven by fear for his life and …

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