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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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Great Book Covers of 2013: Part 1

We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite covers from this year so far.

Marketing manager, Emily Harms, says:

An appropriately controversial cover for a pivotal new book exploring the dark side of footy culture. Designed by Peter Long, I can’t imagine a better jacket for a book about sex, consent and power.

Online and Readings Monthly assistant, Bronte Coates says:

I have a w…

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Pre-order the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

We have a special pre-order price on the essential American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

This new edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose and classify mental disorders, is the product of more than 10 years effort by hundreds of international experts in all as…

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2013 Freud Conference

The Freud Conference is an annual Melbourne event which applies psychoanalytic thinking to the broader psychosocial context, combined with clinical material.

Where: Melbourne Brain Centre, Kenneth Myer Building, Royal Parade, Parkville

When: 10.30am - 6:00pm, Saturday 18th May, 2013

What: The theme this year will be Uprooted Minds: Psyche and Society in Times of Crisis

Keynote speakers for …

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Age will not weary him

by Krissy Kneen

Krissy Kneen on age and desire in the work of James Salter.

I am very fond of listening to The New Yorker fiction podcast. The monthly audio recording features a writer reading another writer’s short story, and then discussing it with the magazine’s fiction editor. When I first discovered the podcast, I was treated to one such reading.

It seemed simple and straightforward: a terminally ill wo…

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Anna Goldsworthy chats with Emily Maguire

by Emily Maguire

Anna Goldsworthy talks to Emily Maguire about life as a first-time mother, the awes and anxieties of early love, and memoir without a capital M.

When pianist and writer Anna Goldsworthy canvassed the idea of writing a book about first-time motherhood, she found most of the people she spoke to ‘weren’t exactly keen … There’s an anxiety that writing about motherhood is going to be boasting a…

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The Story of My Book: Song For A Scarlet Runner

by Julie Hunt

Tasmanian author Julie Hunt builds a vivid world and treats us to a brave and believable female hero in her fantastic adventure story. Here she tells us where those ideas came from.

Song for a Scarlet Runner is my first novel. Folk tales were a source of inspiration and the main character is a storyteller. I once went to a storytelling workshop and heard how it is important to ‘close’ sto…

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Round-Up of April New Releases

by Martin Shaw

Do you know that feeling when one of your colleagues turns out to be a bit of a dark horse? I well remember getting a copy of Best Australian Stories one year and finding that our very own Readings Monthly editor at the time, Jo Case, had a story in it. I had no idea then that she even wrote fiction. Then strike me down when, about a year ago, I discovered that she was writing a memoir. Was behin…

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Mark’s Say

by Mark Rubbo

As one of the guests at a special preview of the new Brunetti in Lygon Street remarked, Rome has come to Melbourne. The new Brunetti is an over-the-top delight of marble, terrazzo, wood, cakes and coffee. Designer Joseph Angeli’s idea was to create a long space simulating a village street with different zones featuring different kinds of food. Eventually the space will extend to Drummond Street. …

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