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Top five songs to get a NYE party started

by Chris Somerville

The social anxiety that is pulled along by New Year’s Eve is never worth it. Usually you’ll spend most of your night worrying that everyone is going to have a better time than you. Here’s five songs you can play - in a row - at your garbage party to make it the best time ever.

1. ‘Senorita’ by Justin Timberlake.

You are throwing a party. People have turned up. They’re eating dip and drinking. Y…

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On being a Lord of the Rings fangirl

by Bronte Coates

Inspired by her recent visit to the cinemas to see The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, Bronte Coates reminisces about her youthful obsession with The Lord of the Rings.

I’d already read, and fallen in love with, the books so by the time I saw the first trailer for The Lord of the Rings in a dark cinema as a naive and impressionable youth – so I was pretty much primed for a life-altering cinem…

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What we’re reading over summer

Now Christmas is over everyone can settle down with a good book. Here is what we’re reading this summer.

Belle is planning to read…

My aspirational summer reading list will begin with re-reading Middlemarch, a choice partly inspired by Rebecca Mead’s forthcoming memoir, The Road to Middlemarch. A few days camping will allow uninterrupted time to read the second book in Elena Ferrante’s Nea…

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Our in-store calendar & diary sale

Christmas is over and that means it’s time for our big calendar & diary sale!

We’re offering 50% off all 2014 calendars and 20% off all 2014 diaries when you purchase in-store.

This offer is only available from our Carlton, Hawthorn, St Kilda, Malvern and State Library of Victoria shops, while stock lasts. This offer is not available online.

Please note, our State Library and Malvern shops are…

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Come and visit us this Christmas Eve

It’s Christmas Eve and for some of us, that means a last-minute dash to the shops.

If this sounds like you, then come visit us at our Carlton shop (open until 9pm), our Hawthorn shop (open until 6pm), our St Kilda shop (open until 6pm), our Malvern shop (open until 7pm) or our State Library of Victoria shop (open until 6pm).

If you’re strapped for ideas, let us help you:

Check out our Christm

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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.

Chris is reading White Noise by Don DeLillo

I’ve had this book recommended to me often, and I’d passed up the opportunity to read it again and again, until recently after a friend recounted a few scenes and lines to me that he’d found funny.

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How to have a vegetarian Christmas

by Bronte Coates

Bronte Coates shares some of her favourite recipes for non-meat eaters this Christmas.

Last week my housemates and I hosted a pre-Christmas dinner so we could celebrate together before we all disappeared into our own families and holidays. As we’re mostly vegetarians we decided to make the menu meat-free and, as I tend to get a little nostalgic this time of year, as traditional as we could get…

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The story of my book: The Great Unknown

by Angela Meyer

While I was writing my thesis I’d get hooked on different TV series and watch episodes at night while my partner was at work. I managed to turn my Simpsons marathons into a chapter in my exegesis, and it was while watching the original series of The Twilight Zone that the book The Great Unknown was born. We can also thank social media.

I tweeted one night about entering the Zone and Bronwyn Meha…

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Special in-store offers this Christmas season

This Christmas season we’re thrilled to announce some exciting special offers available in our shops.

$10 off signed copies of Burial Rites by Hannah Kent for one day only!

On Thursday 19 December, for one day only, we’re delighted to offer $10 off Hannah Kent’s acclaimed début Burial Rites (was $32.99 now $22.95). The offer also includes a bookplate signed by the author.

This special offe…

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