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Meet the Bookseller with Jason Austin from Readings Carlton

by Jason Austin

We chat to Jason Austin from Readings Carlton about chancing upon Joseph Boyden’s Three Day Road, the appeal of morally ambiguous characters and not underestimating Young Adult fiction. Why do you work in books?

I have always loved stories and although I love film too, books offer something very different. You create the author’s world in your head and that version of that world can differ gr…

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Q&A with Michael Sala, author of The Last Thread

by Martin Shaw

The Last Thread is a novel about a life in fiction – recalling a young boy’s childhood in the Netherlands and a family’s journey to Australian during the 1980s, as well as the tangled strings that bind them together. Here, Readings’ Books Division Manager Martin Shaw, who describes the book as ‘a gutsy, moving, beautifully wrought and utterly compelling work’ chats to author Michael Sala about a…

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The 100 Bestselling Books at Readings in 2011

With the year almost over we thought we’d take a look back at the 100 bestselling books at Readings in 2011. This list combines sales from all six Readings shops and our website.

Each of the hundred bestselling books at Readings this year made the list with good reason. Local debuts that garnered really good word-of-mouth are there (Favel Parrett’s Past the Shallows), as are novels that were giv…

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The Readings Foundation Grants 2012 Announced

We are thrilled to announce the recipients of The Readings Foundation grants for 2012.

This year, the grant committee received a huge number of applications from all around Australia, and of particular note was the sheer number of strong submissions from organisations that work closely and actively with asylum seekers and refugees.

Readings Managing Director Mark Rubbo noted that this was a se…

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Mark’s Say: The Wheelers buy into Text and Vale Di Gribble

by Mark Rubbo

Maureen and Tony Wheeler have had amazing careers. Together they revolutionised world travel through their publishing company Lonely Planet which became Australia’s first truly multinational publisher. Earlier this year they completed the sale of Lonely Planet to the BBC for around $190 million. While many had mixed feelings about the sale of this Australian success story to London-based BBC, the…

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Meet the bookseller with Robbie Egan from Readings Carlton

We chat to Readings Carlton Manager Robbie Egan about how he came to be a bookseller, meeting Jim Shepard in a New York bookstore and his love of Don DeLillo’s White Noise. Why do you work in books?

I was 25 years old with a young daughter and I’d been living in London for a couple of years and suddenly had responsibilities. The only thing I wanted to do was work in a bookshop. I loved readin…

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Q&A with Gillian Mears, author of Foal’s Bread

by Pip Newling

Pip Newling from our Hawthorn shop interviews Australian author Gillian Mears about her new novel - and first in sixteen years - Foal’s Bread. You have said before that you found something golden about growing up in the country and in Foal’s Bread all of the characters share this belief despite the trials and boredom they experience. What did growing up in the country give you and your underst…

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Q&A with Steven Amsterdam, author of What The Family Needed

by Martin Shaw

Martin Shaw interviews Steven Amsterdam about the new work of fiction, What The Family Needed. Things We Didn’t See Coming*, your 2009 debut novel, was categorised by some reviewers as a ‘dystopian fiction’, a bit of a catch-all phrase that overlooked the rather ebullient inner lives of the protagonists. Are you having a little joke with those who may have pigeonholed you so by now writing a b…

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Q&A with Tony Birch, author of Blood

by Jo Case

Jo Case talks to Melbourne author Tony Birch about his latest novel, Blood. You’re best known as a short-story writer, for your collections Shadowboxing and Father’s Day. Do you think your experience in that form affected how you approached writing a novel?

There are scenes in Blood that were conceptualised in a similar manner to the way I have approached short story writing. I sometimes have…

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Q&A with Alex Miller, author of Autumn Laing

by Mark Rubbo

Readings Managing Director Mark Rubbo interviews Alex Miller, one of Australia’s most lauded novelists, about his latest, Autumn Laing. You acknowledge that the book is loosely based on Sunday Reed and Sidney Nolan, and I notice that the cover of your novel, The Sitters, features a work by Joy Hester, who was also part of the Heide circle and a great friend of Sunday Reed’s. Has this theme bee…

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