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The 2013 Women’s Prize for Fiction Shortlist

The shortlisted titles for this year’s Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange prize) has been announced.

Launched in 1996, this Prize is awarded annually and celebrates excellence, originality and accessibility in women’s writing from throughout the world. The winner receives a cheque for £30,000 and a limited edition bronze known as a ‘Bessie’, created by the artist Grizel Niven. Both…

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Adam Johnson wins 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction

After last year’s stalemate, the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction has been awarded to Adam Johnson for The Orphan Master’s Son.

The committee described the book as “an exquisitely crafted novel that carries the reader on an adventuresome journey into the depths of totalitarian North Korea and into the most intimate spaces of the human heart.”

Nathan Englander’s short-story collection, What We Ta

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Meet the Bookseller with Marie Matteson

Marie Matteson chats about Virginia Woolf, gothic fiction in a contemporary setting, and the joy to be found in reading The Gruffalo out loud to a group of young fans.

Why do you work in books?

I feel I’ve been surrounded by books my whole life and it seems entirely natural to me that I would end up working among them. There’s a photo I have of the Christmas when I was five and I’m sittin…

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The Woman in Black

by Helen Trinca

Helen Trinca revisits Madeleine St John’s unsettled domesticity in A Pure Clear Light.

I am often asked which of Madeleine St John’s novels is ‘the best’ to begin with. Which one would I recommend to a reader unfamiliar with her work? As her biographer, I confess that I can’t get enough of this underrated writer. Indeed, one of my minor sorrows in life is that there are only four novels – and …

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What I loved: Revolutionary Road by Richard Yates

by A.S. Patric

Revolutionary Road was an immediate critical success in 1961, and its author, Richard Yates, was set to become one of the great names in literature. Yet the novel failed to find an audience, and by the time of his death Yates was penniless and practically unknown. All of his nine books had fallen out of print. Then something extraordinary happened. An article was published in a small journal in 1…

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Great Book Covers of 2013: Part 1

We’ve compiled a list of some of our favourite covers from this year so far.

Marketing manager, Emily Harms, says:

An appropriately controversial cover for a pivotal new book exploring the dark side of footy culture. Designed by Peter Long, I can’t imagine a better jacket for a book about sex, consent and power.

Online and Readings Monthly assistant, Bronte Coates says:

I have a w…

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Pre-order the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders

We have a special pre-order price on the essential American Psychiatric Association’s DSM-5 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders.

This new edition of Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5), used by clinicians and researchers to diagnose and classify mental disorders, is the product of more than 10 years effort by hundreds of international experts in all as…

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2013 Freud Conference

The Freud Conference is an annual Melbourne event which applies psychoanalytic thinking to the broader psychosocial context, combined with clinical material.

Where: Melbourne Brain Centre, Kenneth Myer Building, Royal Parade, Parkville

When: 10.30am - 6:00pm, Saturday 18th May, 2013

What: The theme this year will be Uprooted Minds: Psyche and Society in Times of Crisis

Keynote speakers for …

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Age will not weary him

by Krissy Kneen

Krissy Kneen on age and desire in the work of James Salter.

I am very fond of listening to The New Yorker fiction podcast. The monthly audio recording features a writer reading another writer’s short story, and then discussing it with the magazine’s fiction editor. When I first discovered the podcast, I was treated to one such reading.

It seemed simple and straightforward: a terminally ill wo…

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Anna Goldsworthy chats with Emily Maguire

by Emily Maguire

Anna Goldsworthy talks to Emily Maguire about life as a first-time mother, the awes and anxieties of early love, and memoir without a capital M.

When pianist and writer Anna Goldsworthy canvassed the idea of writing a book about first-time motherhood, she found most of the people she spoke to ‘weren’t exactly keen … There’s an anxiety that writing about motherhood is going to be boasting a…

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