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Q&A with Anna Krien

by Jessica Au

In Night Games, Anna Krien takes a fearless and compelling look at the dark side of footy culture – in particular the disturbing incidents that took place in a South Melbourne townhouse after the 2010 grand final that culminated in the rape trial of a young footballer. Here, she talks to Jessica Au.

What drew you to explore this side of sporting culture? Did you feel that this was a book that

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Roadtesting Rizogalo

Chris Gordon uses a rainy day as an excuse to test out Sweet Greek: Simple Food, Sumptuous Feasts.

It’s raining outside. Pouring in fact. The air is cold and it seems winter is laying its heavy head on me already even though I’m sure I was outside frolicking in the sunshine only last week. Now I’m looking for warmth and Kathy Tsaples, bless her, has the answer.

I skim through her cookbook, Swee

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Round-Up of May New Releases

by Martin Shaw

It’s shaping up to be a blockbuster May at Readings, with several of the year’s most anticipated books hitting our shelves. First up there’s Anna Krien, who might just be installing herself as a short-priced favourite for next year’s Stella Prize (amongst many other awards) with Night Games: Sex, Power and Sport, her riveting diagnosis of that institution of modern Australian society: the AFL. Sh…

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Hannah Kent chats to Margo Lanagan

Hannah Kent talks to Margo Lanagan about researching nineteenth-century Iceland, her mentorship with Geraldine Brooks and her astonishing debut novel, Burial Rites.

The saga of Burial Rites began when, at 17, Hannah Kent spent a year in Iceland as an exchange student. For the first few months, ‘I didn’t speak the language, I was homesick, I was horribly conscious of the fact that I “did no…

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Essential Picture Books (Part 3)

by Emily Gale

A double-mention for Judith Kerr as the children’s specialists return with 10 more picture books they voted as must-haves after a brainstorm last year. We hope you enjoy using it as a go-to list, or perhaps to jog some happy memories.

The Tiger Who Came To Tea by Judith Kerr (1968)

A slice of 1960s domestic life in this elegantly told tale of a tiger with a voracious appetite and no table-m…

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What I loved: Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

by Bronte Coates

One day my younger brother came home to find me sobbing at the kitchen table. I told him not to worry, that I was just reading a book and he said, why would you read something that makes you cry?

I’m still not sure how to answer that question but, thinking back on the books and films I’ve loved the most, there’s a definite trend in this direction. In a strange, masochistic way, the ability to ma…

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Miles Franklin Shortlist 2013 Announced

An all female Miles Franklin shortlist has been announced for 2013, reflecting on a growing trend in Australian literature toward strong, emerging women voices. The list includes three debut novels, two books from our Best Fiction of 2012 list and the inaugural Stella Prize winner, Carrie Tiffany.

This year’s winner will receive $60,000, up from $50,000 last year, and each of the shortlisted aut…

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Sign up to the Readings Classical enews to win!

Readings classical music specialists are here to help you choose from an extensive range of all types of classical music at our shops. Classical music specialists regularly review many releases which you can browse online, and all online orders receive free shipping anywhere in Australia.

Each year in September we offer amazing discounts on box sets in our Classical Box Set Sale, which is not…

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EWF Program Highlights

by Sam Twyford-Moore

Emerging Writers' Festival Director Sam Twyford-Moore rounds up the best of this year’s fest.

Writers deserve to be as big as rock stars. We’re not quite at the point where there are ridiculous portraits of writers in tight jeans published in street press, or where they are being chased by a crazy mob of fans, but we’re close, and the 2013 Emerging Writers’ Festival program is partly an at…

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Vale Chrissy Amphlett

Former Divinyls singer Chrissy Amphlett dies at 53.

Surrounded by family and friends, singer Chrissy Amphlett passed away on Monday morning after a long battle with cancer. The Geelong born singer was diagnosed with MS in 1998 and in 2011 shocked fans when she announced she was also fighting breast cancer. Her pre-existing MS prevented her from being able to undergo radiation treatment or chem…

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