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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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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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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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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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The Perks of Teen Romance Novels

by Emilia Feneziani

Going to an all-girls school, you tend to hear a lot about the latest and greatest teen romance novel that’s circulating through the year level. Yes, it’s kind of a cliché for teenage girls to be reading romance novels but how can anyone resist the sweet, sappy and adorable words spoken by the fictional heartthrobs we wish were real?

Here’s a few titles that I loved.

Anna and the French Kiss

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An Album That Changed My Life: Fun House by The Stooges

by Roland Bisshop

My childhood was a fairly strict Catholic one and rock ‘n’ roll was frowned upon with a muscular brow. Mix-tapes were exchanged in shadowy corridors of the high school, to be auditioned privately with the aid of headphones and it was in this way that I first heard The Stooges’ Fun House - a record which for me, even to this day, serves as the benchmark for rock ‘n’ roll. Like a dog finally break…

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Meet the Bookseller with Steve Bidwell-Brown

We chat with Steve Bidwell-Brown, our new Online Fulfilment Manager, about Polish poetry, mimes and reading Ulysses.

What’s the strangest experience you’ve had in a bookshop?

I once helped a budding Charlie Chaplin impersonator find books about his hero. He was a young method actor looking to audition for a mime school in France. Our exchange generally consisted of me communicating with w…

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