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The Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards Winners of 2014

The winners for the 2014 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards have been announced.

The winner for poetry, Jennifer Maiden, has also been named the overall winner for her politically-charged and exquisitely-structured Liquid Nitrogen. The poems in this collection are like verse essays, subjecting the political issues of our time, and the figures who dominate them, to a fierce scrutiny, while allow…

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Our most anticipated books of 2014

by Martin Shaw

Well, what a bountiful year 2014 is shaping up to be! There will be legions of fans awaiting new novels from the likes of Haruki Murakami, Marilynne Robinson, Sebastian Barry, Emma Donoghue, Ian McEwan, Sarah Waters, David Mitchell and Siri Hustvedt. Short-story aficionados have new collections from Lorrie Moore and Lydia Davis to look forward to. A new Gerald Murnane novel is always a cause for …

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Last week’s top ten bestsellers

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (film tie-in edition) The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas The Wolf of Wall Street by Jordan Belfort Burial Rites by Hannah Kent Stoner: A Novel by John Williams Jerusalem by Yotam Ottolenghi & Sami Tamimi

Marcus Zusak remai…

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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.

Nina is watching Blue Jasmine

I’ve gone on a bit of a film binge of late, inspired by the Oscar nominations and the film award season in general. I saw Woody Allen’s Blue Jasmine, which I found difficult to watch but agree with everyone else i…

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Why would a published author turn to self-publishing?

by Jack Heath

A friend publishes her crime novels with one publisher and young adult fantasy with another. I asked her why, since each company distributes titles in both genres, and either one would kill to have her exclusively. ‘The publisher has to suit the book,’ she said.

With so many wonderful publishers out there, it’s almost embarrassing to admit that for Ink, Inc., my new young adult sci-fi novel, the…

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Last week’s top ten bestsellers

The Book Thief by Markus Zusak The Book Thief by Markus Zusak (film tie-in edition) Stoner: A Novel by John Williams The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan Starting School by Jane Godwin, Anna Walker Barracuda by Christos Tsiolkas Burial Rites by Hannah Kent The Luminaries by Eleanor Catton The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt The 1,000 Dot-to-Dot Book: Twenty Iconic Portraits to Complete

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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.

Richard is listening to Threace by Cave

A stellar effort from the Chicago instrumental quartet oft-hailed as inheritors of the forty-year-old legacy of Can, Faust or Neu! (Although lumping Cave together with krautrock music does them a disserv…

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Teaching my son to read

by Emily Gale

There’s a general perception that young boys today don’t enjoy reading as much as girls; that they find it more difficult to learn and are therefore reluctant to do it for fun. This turned out to be true in my house. I went from being the smug parent of a ‘natural’ reader (a girl) to the tortured parent of a boy who’d rather play with his pet rock than read a book. It took me a while to believe t…

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The 10 bestselling DVDs at Readings in 2013

Here are our 10 bestselling DVDs from the past year.

Reflecting an enduring thirst for crime and politics, the following list is predominantly populated with smart, savvy television dramas, some of which have very dark undertones. A stellar list of writers, actors and directors is featured here including Jane Campion for Top of the Lake, and Aaron Sorkin for The Newsroom: Season 1.

The list als…

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The 10 bestselling CDs at Readings in 2013

Here are our 10 bestselling CDs from the past year.

The release of Malik Bendjelloul’s Oscar-winning documentary Searching For Sugar Man plunged the musician Rodriguez straight into the spotlight and three of his albums were bestsellers in 2013. Our list also includes some amazing Australian music-makers: the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Paul Kelly.

10. The Nex

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