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Women we’re reading in 2014

To celebrate International Women’s Day this Saturday 8 March, our staff share the books by women we’ve been reading in 2014. (This year also happens to be the Year of Reading Women!) Annie Condon, Bookseller and Book Club Convenor

One of the most emotionally powerful books I’ve read recently is The Wave by Sonali Deraniyagala. ‘The Wave’ refers to the tsunami of 2004 in which Sonali lost h…

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What I loved: Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector

by Ed Moreno

My favourite books hook me with their first lines: Margaret Atwood’s Surfacing, for example, or Christopher Isherwood’s Goodbye to Berlin, or Carson McCullers’s The Heart is a Lonely Hunter. The best deliver an uninterrupted flow of intriguing sentences, beginning to end. Clarice Lispector’s Hour of the Star does this in a brutal, disconcerting way, while conveying its story through a scrim of se…

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Q&A with Mark Mulholland

by Belle Place

Our Readings Monthly editor Belle Place interviews Irish writer Mark Mulholland about his debut novel, A Mad and Wonderful Thing, the story of an IRA sniper in the 1990s . Your novel takes place in Dundalk, Ireland, in the 1990s. You’re from Dundalk, which explains your rich portrayal of the setting, but what drew you to explore this particular historical territory in a novel, and how much per…

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Suzanne McCourt chats to Romy Ash about The Lost Child

Suzanne McCourt’s debut novel is set in Burley Point, a quiet fishing town on Australia’s wild southern coast. Here, McCourt talks with Romy Ash about writing her young protagonist, Sylvie, and constructing the troubled narrative of a small town and a missing child.

The Lost Child is a quiet epic, spanning a decade of immense change in the lives of its characters and the small rural town of Burl…

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Our big birthday sale!

It’s our 45th birthday today and to celebrate, we’re having a HUGE online sale, offering 20% off all books on our website, for one day only!

The terms and conditions of the special offer are as follows: The 20% off promotion only applies to books currently listed as in stock (to see if a book is in stock, click through to the book’s page and look at the information on the right hand side – if it…

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Event highlights in March

by Chris Gordon

Events Manager Chris Gordon shares some highlights from our March program of events, one for each week of the month. Rafael Epstein in conversation with Jon Faine

Melbourne’s own voices are coming together for this event. Rafael Epstein will talk on his early friendship with Ben Zygier, a young Australian swept up in international intelligence, with radio presenter Jon Faine as part of a disc…

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Laura Jean McKay on Lorrie Moore’s Birds of America

by Laura Jean McKay

Reading Lorrie Moore for the second time is a different experience to reading her for the first. Not just because of that extra skin of insight, though there’s that. Once you know Moore, you also know that she’s very likely to wreak havoc on the lives of her characters: a woman who is holding a baby one minute will fall off a picnic bench and kill it the next; a ghost in a roof will turn out to b…

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Our 2014 Oscar Predictions

With the Oscars due to be announced on Monday 3 March (Australian time) we’re making our predictions of who will take out this year’s top awards. You can view the full list of nominees here.

Nina Kenwood, Online Manager

Best Picture: 12 Years A Slave
Best Directing: Gravity (Alfonso Cuarón)
Best Actor: Matthew McConaughey, Dallas Buyers Club
Best Actress Cate Blanchett, Blue Jasmine
Best Suppor

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