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Getting back up on the horse

by Samuel Rutter

Samuel Rutter writes on the life, work and fatalistic Southern failings of William Faulkner.

James Franco in film adaptation of *As I Lay Dying*

Nobel laureate and Pulitzer Prize-winner William Faulkner has been portrayed in popular culture as something of a boozy, tortured genius (think the Coen brothers’ Barton Fink, for one). We can expect to see less of the man and more of his work on …

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What I Loved: House of Pleasures by Bertrand Bonello

by Gerard Elson

When it screened at last year’s Alliance Française French Film Festival, Bertrand Bonello’s lavish, lugubrious fin de siècle bore the superior title House of Tolerance. The term was a euphemism for a brothel around the turn of the twentieth century and, given the tenor and milieu of Bonello’s film (which is set in the languid world of high-end prostitution), this was perhaps a far more befitting …

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What We’re Watching at MIFF

Here at Readings, we’re very excited about the Melbourne International Film Festival. Last week our film expert Fiona Hardy rounded up her top picks of the festival. Now we’re sharing some of the films our staff are going to see.

Nina’s MIFF List

I bought a ten session eMini pass and my list of MIFF movies includes:

Fruitvale Station

Inspired by the true story of a police shooting in 2009…

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Belle’s Reading List

by Belle Place

Our new editor of Readings Monthly, Belle Place, shares her current reading list with us.

I have been reading Dalmon Galgut’s quietly frightening In a Strange Room. Presented in three parts, the book follows a lone traveller, also named Dalmon, as he moves through India, Greece and Africa. Each part is punctuated with a devastating conclusion, which I won’t hint at here, but I loved the sl…

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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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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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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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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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