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Q&A with Paddy O’Reilly, author of The Fine Colour of Rust

by Jessica Au

Jessica Au from Readings St Kilda chats to Paddy O'Reilly about her second novel The Fine Colour of Rust.

**Your narrator, Loretta – a single mum struggling to raise her kids in a stranded rural town – is such a fresh voice: funny, deprecating and frank all at once. (She dreams of dumping Melissa and Jake at an orphanage, for example, yet is willing to go-for-broke to rally a less-than-enth…

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Q&A with Leanne Hall, author of Queen of the Night

by Andrew McDonald

Young Adult author - and Readings' own - Leanne Hall talks to Andrew McDonald about Queen of the Night, the sequel to her Text Prize-winning novel of 2010 This Is Shyness. Also mentioned are nocturnal plants, the wafflelessness of YA fiction and the movie Blade.

Queen of the Night continues the stories of Wolfboy and Wildgirl that began in your debut novel This is Shyness What attracted you

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Q&A with Deborah Abela, author of Ghost Club

by Holly Harper, Readings Carlton

Our resident YA specialist Holly Harper chats with author Deborah Abela about writing for kids, an eternal love of Dr Seuss and her brand new Ghost Club series.

Can you tell us a little bit about your latest book?

In 1855, a group of men met in secret in Trinity College, Cambridge to talk about ghosts. It came about due to a love of the paranormal and the rise in new technologies, such as pho…

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Q&A with Chris Flynn, author of A Tiger in Eden

by Jessica Au

Chris Flynn has worn many hats over the years – as publisher of the journal Torpedo and currently as fiction editor at The Big Issue.

Here, he chats with Jessica Au from Readings St Kilda about his debut novel, A Tiger in Eden, which follows charismatic but troubled Loyalist hard-man Billy Montgomery on the run from police in 90s Thailand.

Tell us how A Tiger in Eden began for you – what was

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Q&A with George Megalogenis, author of The Australian Moment

by Sean O'Beirne

Sean O'Beirne of Readings Carlton chats with much respected journalist and blogger George Megalogenis about his latest book, The Australian Moment – a political narrative that examines how Australia managed to survive the GFC, and the possibilities and downfalls that might lie ahead.

The Australian Moment is a rare kind of book for an Australian author to write: it’s a history, a book of repor

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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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