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The story of my book: Razorhurst

by Justine Larbalestier

I wrote Razorhurst because I moved to the Sydney suburb of Surry Hills in late 2005 and fell hopelessly in love with it. It’s a beautiful suburb full of narrow lanes, grand old pubs, terrace houses, warehouses—it still has a garment district though it’s not what it once was. There are multi-million dollar flats along side housing commission homes. The cashed-up newer residents have yet to drive o…

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Interviews with our work experience students

by Estelle Sutherland

Over the next few weeks we’re participating in a work experience program with students from high schools across Melbourne. Here, Estelle Sutherland 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?

Some of my favourite genres are adventure, fantasy and, in particular, historical fiction. I love re…

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Luke Ryan on the worthiness of comic writing

by Luke Ryan

I didn’t realise it at the time, but I grew up in a gilded age for printed comedy. Guided by the book-buying whims of my older brother, mine was a pre-adolescence of Calvin and Hobbes and Far Side comics, the venerated output of Bill Watterson and Gary Larson respectively. Watterson and Larson were two artists who succeeded not only in wholly defining their chosen mediums, but who also took an ar…

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Things you might learn at our St Kilda non-fiction book club

by Amy Vuleta

Putting together an ultimate reading list for our new non-fiction book club at Readings St Kilda was easy but narrowing it down to only three titles for the short-format winter sessions was nearly impossible! Book club convenor and non-fiction enthusiast Gerard Elson (he can tell you everything there is to know about Montaigne’s essays – just ask him!), and I thought about the reasons we love to …

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Q&A with Mary Delahunty

Bronte Coates talks with journalist Mary Delahunty about her inside account of Julia Gillard’s tenure as Prime Minister.

Gravity draws from your time following former Prime Minister Julia Gillard through the last year of her term. When did you realise this experience would become a book?

When I bumped into the PM on Mugga Way in Canberra. Where else in the world can you just stroll along a bu…

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Emily Maguire interviews Eli Glasman

by Emily Maguire

Eli Glasman admits he felt ‘a little scared’ about how Melbourne’s Orthodox Jewish community would respond to his first novel, The Boy’s Own Manual to Being a Proper Jew, given it is narrated by a 17-year-old Orthodox rabbi’s son trying to reconcile his sexuality with his faith.

Yossi is, as his friend Menachem says, ‘proper religious’. He begins his day with a ritual hand-washing, always wears…

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The story of my book: Lost & Found

by Brooke Davis

It’s May 2013. I’m sitting in a café in Nova Scotia, Canada, checking my emails, sipping on a cup of tea. My two brothers are there, too. We haven’t seen each other for a while, and they’re talking about music again. I can never keep up when they do this. Every band they mention is so obscure it sounds as if they’re making them up on the spot.

Their conversation goes something like this**:


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Inflatable boobs and other awkward moments in young adult fiction

by Chris Miles

Young adult author Chris Miles tells us why you should be embarrassed to read young adult – but not in the way you think…

Cringe comedy has become a TV staple courtesy of sitcoms like The Larry Sanders Show, The Office and Curb Your Enthusiasm. But it’s been a staple of young adult fiction since at least as far back as the 1970s, when Judy Blume published Are you there God? It’s me, Margaret. Aw…

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Books you might have missed in June

by Belle Place

Given the sizeable number of new releases that arrive in store each month, here are notes from the Readings editorial office on books you might have missed in June.

Family Life by Akhil Sharma

This is Akhil Sharma’s brilliant second novel. It tells the story of an Indian family – with two sons, aged eight and twelve – who have migrated to America in the early eighties. Early in the novel, t…

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