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Vanessa Russell chats to Kalinda Ashton

by Kalinda Ashton

Vanessa Russell’s Holy Bible is the story of the Blooms, a large, uproarious family who are part of a dwindling religious sect in Ballarat. Russell herself grew up in a small Christadelphian community, leaving when she was 26. Here, she talks to Kalinda Ashton about dysfunction, dark humour and belief.

I was so obnoxious,’ laughs Vanessa Russell, with a mix of ruefulness and affection in h…

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In defence of Sharp Objects

by Nina Kenwood

Our online manager, Nina Kenwood, writes a defence of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects and talks about why it can be refreshing to read about villainous women.

Last night’s episode of The Book Club (a show we are obviously big fans of here at Readings) discussed Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. You can watch the episode in full here.

Sharp Objects didn’t rece…

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Growing up with Jane Eyre

by Michelle Law

Michelle Law recalls her first reading addiction, escaping into Jane Eyre as a Sunshine Coast teen.

Back in the early thousands, Christopher Lee was interviewed about his role as Saruman in the Lord of the Rings films. ‘How did you prepare?’ asked the journalist. Lee replied that he did little preparation. He was already familiar with the character from re-reading the trilogy every year. I all…

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An update on ebooks

Sunday 30 June was the last day customers were able to purchase Booki.sh ebooks.

Earlier this year, Overdrive (the company that owns Booki.sh) announced that they would be discontinuing the Booki.sh ebook platform at the end of June. As ebook sales through Readings are powered by Booki.sh and use the Booki.sh technology, this means Readings is no longer selling ebooks.

We’d like to reassure our…

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July Highlights

by Jessica Au

Jessica Au, editor of Readings Monthly, is moving to the Balkans but she leaves us with some great July recommendations before stepping on the plane.

Mid-winter takes us from the speculative world of mind-bending literati to a ragtag bunch of rural evangelists. Local house Sleepers has brought out its second debut of the year, Vanessa Russell’s Holy Bible – a darkly comedic, darkly savage look…

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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.

Bronte is reading The Long Weekend in Alice Springs

The Long Weekend in Alice Springs is an amazing book - imaginative, compelling and thoughtful. One reviewer called it a ‘haunting excursion into Alice’s psyche’ and I feel this is very apt.

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The Perks of Teen Romance Novels

by Emilia Feneziani

Going to an all-girls school, you tend to hear a lot about the latest and greatest teen romance novel that’s circulating through the year level. Yes, it’s kind of a cliché for teenage girls to be reading romance novels but how can anyone resist the sweet, sappy and adorable words spoken by the fictional heartthrobs we wish were real?

Here’s a few titles that I loved.

Anna and the French Kiss

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An Album That Changed My Life: Fun House by The Stooges

by Roland Bisshop

My childhood was a fairly strict Catholic one and rock ‘n’ roll was frowned upon with a muscular brow. Mix-tapes were exchanged in shadowy corridors of the high school, to be auditioned privately with the aid of headphones and it was in this way that I first heard The Stooges’ Fun House - a record which for me, even to this day, serves as the benchmark for rock ‘n’ roll. Like a dog finally break…

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Meet the Bookseller with Steve Bidwell-Brown

We chat with Steve Bidwell-Brown, our new Online Fulfilment Manager, about Polish poetry, mimes and reading Ulysses.

What’s the strangest experience you’ve had in a bookshop?

I once helped a budding Charlie Chaplin impersonator find books about his hero. He was a young method actor looking to audition for a mime school in France. Our exchange generally consisted of me communicating with w…

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Mark’s Say

by Mark Rubbo

The Australian Booksellers Association recently had their annual conference in Adelaide. Each year, booksellers from around the country gather together to exchange ideas, acknowledge their peers and, of course, enjoy some good company. At the gala dinner for 2013, I was very proud and chuffed to see Readings’ own Martin Shaw announced as the ABA Text Publishing Bookseller of the Year.

Martin joi…

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