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The Story of My Book: Sally Rippin on Our Australian Girl, Meet Lina

by Sally Rippin

There is an imaginary laneway off Rathdowne Street, probably not far from the Readings Carlton store, where, fifty-seven years ago, Lina Gattuso would have played cricket with her brothers. When it began to get dark, the four of them would have stashed the old plank of wood they used as a cricket bat behind the dented garbage bin they used as stumps. Their precious ball, a faded red six-stitcher,…

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The Story of My Book: The Rosie Project

by Graeme Simsion

Good writing, they say, is re-writing. I re-wrote The Rosie Project, beginning to end, at least seventy times.

It began as a screenplay. In 2007, I enrolled in the professional screenwriting program at RMIT, a radical change in life direction prompted by a one-off experiment with filmmaking a few years earlier. The resulting ‘no budget’ feature film was for family and friends’ eyes only, but ki…

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Sushi Das interviews Lesley Jørgensen, author of Cat & Fiddle

by Sushi Das

In 2011, Lesley Jørgensen won the CAL Scribe Fiction Prize for her debut, Cat & Fiddle, a multicultural, multigenerational portrait of marriage and culture clash in modern-day Britain. Here, she talks to Sushi Das about love, belonging and her own marriage into an Anglo-Bangladeshi family in England.

‘In Christian text, the focus on sexuality is battening it down. It’s really only acceptable i…

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The lies we tell, you and I

by Chris Somerville

Chris Somerville writes on the anxieties of literary taste, and the lies we tell to cover them.

When I was around nineteen or in my early twenties, I went into a second hand bookstore near my house. Where I live, on the Gold Coast, is not the best place for bookstores, but there are a few great second hand ones scattered about. I was browsing through the fiction when I spotted a book that I re…

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A brief look at the redesign of the Readings Monthly, featuring Nick Cave, Chris Ware, Thirsty Script & other typographic footnotes

by Jessica Au

Readings Monthly editor Jessica Au previews our new look newsletter

So you may not know to look at it, but our humble Readings Monthly has been banging on for close to two decades now. Have a look at us in the good old days here.

Needless to say, it’s undergone many incarnations during the years and, come 2013, we felt it was time to get the surgical tools out again, this time with the…

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What I Loved: A Death In The Family by Karl Ove Knausgaard

by Will Heyward

Depending on the continent on which you purchase your reading material, Karl Ove Knausgaard’s most recently published work will either be available as a novel entitled A Death in the Family (Australia and UK) or a biography entitled My Struggle: Volume 1 (US). This, I think, is unusual.

Granted, very often, for marketing purposes, books are assigned different titles in different countries on th…

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Celebrating the work of Jan Ormerod, 1946-2013

by Emily Gale

Last week the children’s publishing industry, along with a great many fans of Jan Ormerod, mourned her death. Here’s a celebration of some of the picture books that made such a lasting impression.

Jan Ormerod was born in WA, drew compulsively as a child and went on to teach art and design. She moved to the United Kingdom in 1980, had children and started to take an interest in the picture …

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Round-Up of February New Releases

by Martin Shaw

Our head books buyer Martin Shaw looks at the new releases out this month.

There seems no other way to begin a wrap of February books without mentioning Graeme Simsion’s romantic comedy, The Rosie Project: ‘the feel-good novel of 2013’, according to Text, and already licensed by almost every publisher on the planet. Not bad for a debut! I find a couple of things particularly endearing about th…

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The School of Life begins!

The School of Life’s summer term begins this weekend in Melbourne.

To celebrate, everyone is invited to The School of Life this Friday night (Friday 1 Feb) for the first public opening of their Melbourne campus.

You can enjoy a beer, wine or coffee from their Conversation Cafe, and as a special treat to their student body, they are offering $5 White Rabbit beer, Pipsqueak cider and Cake wines t…

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The 2013 Indie Awards Shortlist Announced

The Shortlist for the 2013 Australian Independent Bookseller Awards (The Indie Awards) has been announced. The Indie Awards are voted on by the independent booksellers of Australia and have a proud tradition of picking the best of the best of Australian writing.

The shortlist is:

Fiction

Nine Days by Toni Jordan (Text)
Lost Voices by Christopher Koch (HarperCollins)
Questions of Travel by Michel…

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