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AFL: Australian Football…Literature!

by Emily Gale

Fox Swift, a new novel for primary school-aged children about a young footy star, has just been released. Author David Lawrence gives us the lowdown on real-life footy star Cyril Rioli’s involvement in the book, and we recap on some other AFL-related books for kids.

Last year I could write on the back of a stamp what I knew about AFL. This year I’m still pretty clueless but there are two new d…

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What We’re Reading

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on or the music we’re loving.

Annie is reading The Woman Upstairs

Claire Messud has been in Australia recently for the Sydney Writers Festival, and her novel The Woman Upstairs gripped me immediately. The protagonist, Nora, is a 42 year old primary school teacher. She clai…

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Fiona’s Top Picks from MIFF 2013

by Fiona Hardy

Tickets for the Melbourne International Film Festival are on sale from today. Fiona Hardy shares her top picks.

Earlier this week I attended the program launch of the Melbourne International Film Festival, or MIFF which is one of the best cultural acronyms around, and below is my list of films I’m going to call in babysitter favours for - or just take my baby daughter along and try to hide her…

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The Story of My Book: Chasing the Valley

by Skye Melki-Wegner

A young Melbourne author makes her debut this month with the first book in a YA trilogy, Chasing the Valley. Here’s how it happened for recent law graduate and lifelong fantasy fan Skye Melki-Wegner.

I have always been a fantasy reader.

My father fed my love of the genre, reading Tolkien and Feist as bedtime stories. But even so, I hungered for more adventures. I raided Dad’s bookshelves…

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Vanessa Russell chats to Kalinda Ashton

by Kalinda Ashton

Vanessa Russell’s Holy Bible is the story of the Blooms, a large, uproarious family who are part of a dwindling religious sect in Ballarat. Russell herself grew up in a small Christadelphian community, leaving when she was 26. Here, she talks to Kalinda Ashton about dysfunction, dark humour and belief.

I was so obnoxious,’ laughs Vanessa Russell, with a mix of ruefulness and affection in h…

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In defence of Sharp Objects

by Nina Kenwood

Our online manager, Nina Kenwood, writes a defence of Gillian Flynn’s Sharp Objects and talks about why it can be refreshing to read about villainous women.

Last night’s episode of The Book Club (a show we are obviously big fans of here at Readings) discussed Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte. You can watch the episode in full here.

Sharp Objects didn’t rece…

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Growing up with Jane Eyre

by Michelle Law

Michelle Law recalls her first reading addiction, escaping into Jane Eyre as a Sunshine Coast teen.

Back in the early thousands, Christopher Lee was interviewed about his role as Saruman in the Lord of the Rings films. ‘How did you prepare?’ asked the journalist. Lee replied that he did little preparation. He was already familiar with the character from re-reading the trilogy every year. I all…

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An update on ebooks

Sunday 30 June was the last day customers were able to purchase ebooks.

Earlier this year, Overdrive (the company that owns announced that they would be discontinuing the ebook platform at the end of June. As ebook sales through Readings are powered by and use the technology, this means Readings is no longer selling ebooks.

We’d like to reassure our…

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What We’re Reading

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on or the music we’re loving.

Bronte is reading The Long Weekend in Alice Springs

The Long Weekend in Alice Springs is an amazing book - imaginative, compelling and thoughtful. One reviewer called it a ‘haunting excursion into Alice’s psyche’ and I feel this is very apt.

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July Highlights

by Jessica Au

Jessica Au, editor of Readings Monthly, is moving to the Balkans but she leaves us with some great July recommendations before stepping on the plane.

Mid-winter takes us from the speculative world of mind-bending literati to a ragtag bunch of rural evangelists. Local house Sleepers has brought out its second debut of the year, Vanessa Russell’s Holy Bible – a darkly comedic, darkly savage look…

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