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Groupie Girl

by Simmone Howell

Simmone Howell writes on her failed attempt at groupiedom and her beloved collection of band-date paperbacks.

‘Research psychologists say that girls from the ages of 11-14 reach a lifetime high energy peak. Their appetite is insatiable. They never again care about things as much as they do during this period, and minutiae don’t exist for them.’

– Groupies & Other Girls by John Burks and Jerry

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Happiness and Its Causes Conference

Now in its 8th amazing year and for the first time in Melbourne on the 19th and 20th of June, 2013, Happiness & Its Causes is one of the world’s leading forums examining the varied causes of a happy and meaningful life.

Join special guest His Holiness the Dalai Lama, the world’s foremost expert on the science of life satisfaction Professor Ed Diener, acclaimed psychologist and researcher in the…

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Readings is 44 today

Visit one of our six stores today and say ‘Happy Birthday’ over the counter to receive a 20% discount off one full priced book. This offer is only valid in store and for one transaction per customer.

Happy birthday to us!

Back in 1969 Ross and Dot Readings, along with Peter Reid, opened a little independent book shop at 366 Lygon Street partly funded out of Dot’s teaching wage. Managing dire…

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Short loves by long-time fans

Contributors to the Sleepers Almanac No. 8 tell us about their favourite short stories and why they love them.

Eleanor Limprecht on ‘Good Country People’, a story from A Good Man is Hard to Find by Flannery O’Connor

I was a high school student in Arlington, Virginia, the first time I read Flannery O’Connor’s short story ‘Good Country People’ in her collection A Good Man is Hard to Find. It …

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Benjamin Law chats with Michelle Dicinoski

by Benjamin Law

Michelle Dicinoski talks to Benjamin Law about revolution and love, our hidden queer histories and her debut memoir Ghost Wife.

Cast your mind back to the last decade, and you might be forgiven for thinking same-sex marriage was going to be legalised in Australia at any moment. For the first time in history, the majority of polled Australians supported the idea. Around the world, countries…

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Round-Up of March New Releases

by Martin Shaw

Let’s start my wrap-up of March with some highlights from the thriving independent Australian publishing scene. Our new writing feature this month focuses on Michelle Dicinoski’s Ghost Wife from Black Inc., a moving account of her long journey to marry her partner by way of Canada, one of the few countries to legally recognise same-sex marriage. From MUP, Monica Dux gives us an insiders’ guide to…

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The Story of My Book: Susan Vaught on Freaks Like Us

Susan Vaught tells us about how her work as a psychologist influenced her latest young adult novel, and about Frank, her loyal writing companion.

As with my other books (Going Underground, My Big Fat Manifesto) this is typically the view I had when I was writing Freaks Like Us.

Frank is an African Grey – and yes, she’s a girl named Frank. Greys don’t mature until around age 10, and until…

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AMP Prize 2013

by Dave Clarke

Inspired by the British music industry and it’s Mercury Prize, the Australian Music Prize (AMP) rewards artistic excellence and is voted for by a small group of music industry experts including music retailers, journalists and musicians themselves, with no record company people or managers.

Picking a winner is never easy and this year’s shortlist of nine titles is very strong. Personally I would…

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Summer Reading Highlights for Kids and Teens

Our children’s book buyers share some of their literary highlights from summer – picture books, junior fiction, young adult and ones parents might need to borrow from their children’s bookshelves.

Angela Crocombe from St Kilda recommends…

I adored Maude, the Not-So-Noticeable Shrimpton by Lauren Child. The Shrimpton family are all fabulously eccentric, dazzlingly beautiful, and spectacular …

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Silver Linings Playbook: Book vs. Film

by Nina Kenwood

I consumed Silver Linings Playbook in this order: the film trailer, the book, then the film itself.

After watching the trailer a few months before the film release, I bought the book with the assumption I would be reading a romantic comedy. And that’s essentially what the film is – a smart, funny, heartwarming romantic drama. But that’s not how I would classify the book at all.

Both the film …

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