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Come visit The School of Life

The School of Life’s summer term is coming to an end this weekend. Make sure you take the chance to come down and check out our bookshop before it’s too late!

While the remaining classes in the summer term are mostly sold out, there are still seats available for the Dinner With Virginia Woolf event on Wednesday 27 March.

The School of Life’s inaugural summer term has featured a diverse range of…

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The Stella Prize Shortlist

The shortlist for the inaugural Stella Prize has been announced!

Chair of the judges, Kerryn Goldsworthy, says of the shortlist:

The shortlist features a wide variety of subject matter and genre: the list contains a collection of short stories and a verse novel; it includes fantasy, speculative fiction, two historical novels and one that has been described as Australian Gothic. There are

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Meet the Bookseller with Lou Fulco

Lou Fulco admits to a love of foreign crime shows and gives advice on how to return a DVD with bite marks in it. (Be very angry…)

Why do you work in books?

I actually came to Readings as a music and DVD specialist. Readings was the place that I used to buy many of my books from prior to that, so the marriage was a bonus.

Name a book/film/album that has changed the way you think.

Every …

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Classical Composers You Might Not Have Heard Of

by Kate Rockstrom

There are more composers out in the world aside from the usual Beethoven, Bach and Mozart. The only problem is where to start with the plethora of music available.

I have a number of my favourite less-known composers I’d love to introduce you to today.

Bohuslav Martinu (1890-1959) was a Czech composer.

While his style was deeply entrenched in the Romantic style of composition (think big sym…

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Small Organic Spaces

by Chris Gordon

It is not true that all people who like to garden are naturally practical people. We are not all ‘earthy’ or pragmatic and sometimes, we need help to make our vision of The Good Life (circa 1970s BBC television series) a reality. Frankly, what we urban gardeners/dreamers need is a manual.

Small Space Organics is that manual. Here is one text book that covers everything from growing edible water …

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Kids' & YA Books March Round-Up

by Emily Gale

Bushrangers, bankrobbers and missing person investigations all feature in this month’s round-up but don’t worry, it’s more hopeful than bleak, and we can confirm that the Next Big Thing is…cute little brothers.

It’s another great month for YA, especially the Australian variety, but first a novel from the States that’s so good I’m going to break all my own rules and use the term unputdowna

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Code Cracking with HJ Harper

by Holly Harper

To celebrate the release of Book 2 in the popular Bureau of Mysteries series for 8-12 year olds, we asked HJ Harper to share one of her favourite secret codes.

When I was in year five, I got caught passing notes in class.

I’d sent a note to my friend, telling her the time and location of the next meeting of our top secret detective club. I knew that if our teacher read it, our cover wou…

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What I loved: It’s Raining in Mango by Thea Astley

by Kara Nicholson

As 2013 will see the introduction of the inaugural Stella Prize, the first literary prize for Australian women writers, I feel compelled to revisit one of my favourite Australian authors.

Despite winning four Miles Franklin Awards – as many as Tim Winton and more than any other writer, male or female – Thea Astley’s novels have never reached an audience as widespread as the likes of Winton or Pe…

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International Women’s Day

It’s International Women’s Day and to celebrate we’ve asked Readings staff to tell us about their favourite women writers.

Jess Au, Readings Monthly editor

My pick for IWD would be the ever-brilliant Lorrie Moore. One could say that her female characters are all versions of the same person – in the same way that an actor is still that actor even in their many roles. And, just as Charlotte G…

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The Story of My Book: Samantha-Ellen Bound on What The Raven Saw

by Samantha-Ellen Bound

A love of children’s classics and a chance meeting with an imperious bird inspired this gorgeous novel for ages 10 and up.

What the Raven Saw was an unexpected book; it came out of nowhere, shoving aside all the ideas I’d been carrying around for ages, and forming itself into this weird and wonderful little manuscript with a vain, demanding raven at the centre.

It began as a major assess…

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