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Everything old is new again

by Hariklia Heristanidis

Hariklia Heristanidis writes on why it will always be vinyl.

I have about a shelf and a half of records. It’s not a huge collection, say, in comparison to the sort of guys (and they are usually guys) who have custom built shelves that line the walls of their houses, but I am loyal, like an addict who knows what they need. In the mid-80s when a lot of my friends got rid of their records, or at …

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Kids' & YA Books April Round-Up

by Emily Gale

In this month’s children’s selection we’ll explore life’s big questions, such as: is author Lili Wilkinson really magic? Is it wise to take a bath with your dog? And why is everyone called CJ all of a sudden?

It’s been a couple of weeks since we launched Lili Wilkinson’s latest YA novel, The Zigzag Effect, at the Carlton store with a Q&A session that finished off with a magic trick perfo…

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The Myth Of Angry Teens

by Lili Wilkinson

YA author Lili Wilkinson writes about teenagers who don’t hate their parents and aren’t angry with the world. Here she tells us why.

We’re constantly told that there’s a war going on between adults and teenagers. Even Socrates was in on it – he said that youth “show disrespect for their elders… they no longer rise when elders enter the room… they contradict their parents… and tyrannize th…

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Let’s Talk Carver

by Mick McCoy

Mick McCoy takes a look at the various renditions of Raymond Carver’s short story, ‘So Much Water So Close to Home’, from Paul Kelly’s songs to Ray Lawrence’s Jindabyne.

At the South by Southwest music and film conference in Austin, Texas, in March this year, writer Larry Ratso Sloman attempted to flatter Nick Cave by telling him that, for a drug addict, he was more productive than William S. …

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The 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist

The shortlisted titles for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange prize) has been announced.

Launched in 1996, this Prize is awarded annually and celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. The winner receives a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze known as a ‘Bessie’, created by the artist Grizel Niven. Both…

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Carrie Tiffany wins 2013 Stella Prize

The inaugural Stella Prize has been awarded to Carrie Tiffany for her second novel, Mateship with Birds.

Mateship with Birds has been a rising star in the award season this year, already being longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange prize) on top of this amazing achievement.

In his interview with Tiffany, Gregory Day writes:

“…*Mateship with Birds* is a highly a…

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Adam Johnson wins 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

After last year’s stalemate, the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction has been awarded to Adam Johnson for The Orphan Master’s Son.

The committee described the book as “an exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart.”

Nathan Englander’s short-story collection, What We Ta

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Meet the Bookseller with Marie Matteson

Marie Matteson chats about Virginia Woolf, gothic fiction in a contemporary setting, and the joy to be found in reading The Gruffalo out loud to a group of young fans.

Why do you work in books?

I feel I’ve been surrounded by books my whole life and it seems entirely natural to me that I would end up working among them. There’s a photo I have of the Christmas when I was five and I’m sittin…

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The Woman in Black

by Helen Trinca

Helen Trinca revisits Madeleine St John’s unsettled domesticity in A Pure Clear Light.

I am often asked which of Madeleine St John’s novels is ‘the best’ to begin with. Which one would I recommend to a reader unfamiliar with her work? As her biographer, I confess that I can’t get enough of this underrated writer. Indeed, one of my minor sorrows in life is that there are only four novels – and …

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What I loved: Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

by A.S. Patric

Revolutionary Road was an immediate critical success in 1961, and its author, Richard Yates, was set to become one of the great names in literature. Yet the novel failed to find an audience, and by the time of his death Yates was penniless and practically unknown. All of his nine books had fallen out of print. Then something extraordinary happened. An article was published in a small journal in 1…

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