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Kate Gordon on life at fourteen

To mark the release of her new young adult novel Kate Gordon tells us about what her life was like in her early teen years.

When I was fourteen I was one of the youngest Grade Tens at my rural high school. I was one of the skinniest, too, and the tallest but also the least athletic. I wasn’t cool. I didn’t drink, barely knew what a drug was, apart from Panadol, and LSD because the Beatles did …

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Win a $1500 deluxe edition of Haruki Murakami’s new novel

If you pre-order a copy of Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami (out 12 August) from our website at the special price of $29.99, you’ll automatically go in the draw to win a $1,500 special deluxe edition of the novel – pictured below. There are only 100 copies of this deluxe limited edition available worldwide!

The winner will be randomly selected and will r…

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Our ten most anticipated Australian books

Our staff pick the Australian book they are most excited about reading in the second half of the year. If you pre-order any of these ten Australian books, you’ll receive a copy signed by the author! Martin Shaw recommends Demons by Wayne Macauley
(due in late July)

Back at the beginning of the year I wrote: ‘In recent years, Wayne Macauley, author of The Cook, has well and truly arrived as …

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Retro Reads: Daddy Long-Legs by Jean Webster

by Bronte Coates

In our new Retro Reads series, we remember books from our past. Here, Bronte Coates talks about Jean Webster’s Daddy Long-Legs.

I was a vicious reader as a child, an obsessively competitive MS-Readathon participant with a penchant for developing intense literary crushes (please see here). I consumed nearly everything I found on my family bookshelves and it was thanks to my grandmother (by path…

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Interviews with our work experience students

by Tess Devine-Hercus

Over the next few weeks we’re participating in a work experience program with students from high schools across Melbourne. Here, Tess Devine-Hercus tells us about her favourite books. How would you describe your taste in books? Do you like romance or adventure, science fiction or history, etc?

My taste in books is incredibly diverse. I’ll read pretty much any genre, as long as it’s good, and …

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Belle Place presents the best book covers of July

by Belle Place

We can get very excited about book covers in the Readings office – the book as object is our trade, after all. Here are our favourite covers for July fiction titles. The Love Affairs of Nathaniel P. by Adelle Waldman

This is the paperback edition of Adelle Waldman’s widely read and praised debut novel. It’s quite different to the hardback, which was released last year, but equally appealing…

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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.

Annie is reading The Shock of the Fall by Nathan Filer

I came across this book recently, and was intrigued by the back cover blurb. Also, the front cover proudly announces the book as ‘Costa Book of the Year 2013’. So – both front and back get…

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Our top picks for MIFF 2014

Here are our top picks for what to see at the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) this year!

Nina Kenwood has a thing for American indies.

I love indie films from the USA so my initial reaction when I first saw the MIFF program was to circle all the films I already knew about and was dying to see: Richard Linklater’s extraordinary Boyhood, filmed once a year over the course of twelve…

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What I Loved: The Rings of Saturn by W.G. Sebald

by Miles Allinson

At certain times a book is able to take hold of you in such a way as to direct the angle of your life for a while. W.G. Sebald’s The Rings of Saturn did this for me when I first discovered it a few years ago. I still think it’s the best work of fiction I’ve ever read.

Nominally the account of a long walk, which the narrator once took along the coast of East Anglia, The Rings of Saturn might be b…

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