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The Best Classical Music of 2012

by Kate Rockstrom & Phil Richards

This year we’ve seen a bumper crop of books, music and film and over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting a series of our favourites, voted for and selected by Readings' staff.

Here classical specialists Kate Rockstrom and Phil Richards share their top ten classical recordings of 2012 - Phil, the top five and Kate the bottom five.

***Italia* by Nicola Benedetti**

On her debut album on the …

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The Best Crime Fiction of 2012

by Fiona Hardy

This year we’ve seen a bumper crop of books, music and film and over the next few weeks we’ll be presenting our favourites, voted for and selected by Readings staff.

Here Fiona Hardy shares her top ten crime books from 2012.

***The Midnight Promise: A Detective’s Story In Ten Cases* by Zane Lovitt**

A private investigator in Melbourne’s grimy heart charts the slow crumble of his business and…

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Winners of the 2012 National Book Awards

Congratulations to the winners of the 2012 National Book Awards, presented to U.S. authors for the best books published in the United States during the award year:

Nonfiction: Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity by Katherine Boo

Fiction: The Round House by Louise Erdrich

Young People’s Literature: Goblin Secrets by William Alexander

Poetry: Bewilderment:

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What I loved: To Siberia by Per Petterson

by Jessica Au

Readings Monthly editor Jessica Au shares with us a book she loved for our new ‘What I Loved’ series.

It is possible to think about reading as a series of turning points. Every now and then, a book comes along like a shock – making and breaking, staying with you. It’s an ‘ah’ moment of recognition, when you finally realise that writing can be done like that, often leading to a whole new plane …

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Favourite Bedtime Stories: Kylie Dunstan

Book-lovers share some of their old and new favourites for reading aloud to children at bedtime. This month, Melbourne-based author-illustrator Kylie Dunstan with Sylvie, 7, and Camille, 11.

My girls are 7 and 11 and reading pretty happily by themselves these days. However Sylvie (7) still loves a bedtime story and Camille (11) still enjoys poring over her old favourites. I (not surprisingl…

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Q&A with Ramona Koval, author of By The Book

by Bronte Coates

Ramona Koval chats with Bronte Coates about her new book, By the Book, her love letter to reading.

In By the Book you not only explore how reading has influenced your life, but also talk about the book as object: as art, as sacred text, as a digital form. I’m particularly interested in what kind of possibilities you feel these digitised forms suggest for the future.

I confess to being a tec…

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Griffith REVIEW talks Novellas

The six contributors to Griffith REVIEW’s latest annual fiction edition, The Novella Project chat about their favourite novellas, and considers why the form has so much value.

**Mary-Rose MacColl recommends…**

Amanda Lohrey’s Vertigo tells a haunting story with the beauty and austerity of the Australian coastal bush as its setting. This novella has many elements a great story might use, a c…

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The Guardian First Book Award 2012 Shortlist

The Guardian First Book Award 2012 shortlist has been announced. The shortlisted titles are:

The Yellow Birds by Kevin Powers

The Art of Fielding by Chad Harbach

Sandstorm: The Inside Story Of Gaddafi’s Regime by Lindsey Hilsum

Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death and Hope in a Mumbai Slum by Katherine Boo

Tony Hogan Bought Me an Ice Cream Float Before He Stole My Ma by Kerry Hudson


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Q&A with Paul Daley, author of Canberra

by Jessica Au

Paul Daley chats with Jessica Au about his new book, Canberra.

Canberra is the next instalment in New South’s cities series, alongside Sophie Cunningham’s Melbourne, Delia Falconer’s Sydney and others. Telling the story of Australia’s capital must have seemed like a mammoth task – what sides of Canberra were you finally drawn to capturing, and why?

When my initial excitement at being invite…

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Winner of the Most Underrated Book Award 2012

The Cook by Wayne Macauley is the winner of SPUNC’s Most Underrated Book Award 2012.

This inaugural award aims to shine a light on some of the fantastic titles that are released by independent publishers and members of the Small Press Network (SPUNC) that, for whatever reason, did not receive their fair dues. It was judged by Amy Espeseth, Bethanie Blanchard and Andrew Wrathall.

The shortlist f…

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