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What we’re reading: Emma Viskic, Carina Chocano & Angie Thomas

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Jo Case is reading You Play The Girl by Carina Chocano

You Play The Girl, for me, just surpassed Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist in the category of ‘smart, thoughtful, completely engrossing read that makes feminist arguments through deep engagement with popular cult…

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Dear Reader, September 2017

by Alison Huber

Our Fiction Book of the Month is Chris Womersley’s City of Crows, a fascinating historical novel set in seventeenth-century France. Our reviewer is full of praise for this book, calling it ‘fabulous’, ‘dazzling’ and ‘Hieronymus Bosch in literary form’. That’s quite a persuasive endorsement, you must agree.

Considerations of history and the imagined lives of figures from the past offer inspiratio…

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Mark’s Say, September 2017

by Mark Rubbo

Three and a half years ago, a great big, fat, intimidating-looking economics book burst onto the scene and changed the economic discourse. Based on years of research, its findings were that, over time, the rate of return on wealth has been greater than the rate of return on economic growth, leading to greater and greater inequality. The book argues that, unless capitalism is reformed, the very de…

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A passive aggressive gift guide for Father’s Day

by Lian Hingee

Socks and ties are all very nice, but if you want to give a gift with layers upon layers of hidden meaning here’s a guide to some of our best passive agressive recommendations for Father’s Day this year. For the Dad that needs to embrace his bald noggin (coughPrinceWilliamcough)…

Illustrated throughout with pictures of 70 real-life and pop-culture icons from Captain Picard to William Shakes…

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The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist 2017

by Gabrielle Williams

The Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction considers first and second books from Australian authors, with the aim of recognising exciting and exceptional new contributions to local literature.

Over the past year, the judges have read their way through over 70 Australian titles and were impressed by the number of edgy voices who didn’t shy away from starkly original concepts. The task of filte…

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Meet the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction shortlist 2017

We’ve announced the shortlist for the Readings Prize for New Australian Fiction 2018. Here, we introduce the six shortlisted authors. Find more information about this year’s shortlisted books (including the judges' report) here. Sam Carmody

Sam Carmody is an award-winning songwriter and novelist from Geraldton on the rural coast of Western Australia. His forthcoming debut EP, Shadow in the

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Our top 10 bestsellers of the week

The Enigmatic Mr Deakin by Judith Brett The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood (including sales of other editions) Crossing the Line by Kim McGrath The Barefoot Investor by Scott Pape Watching Out by Julian Burnside The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy Taboo by Kim Scott The Subtle Art of Not Giving a F*ck by Mark Manson Common People by Tony Birch On the Java Ridge by Jock Serong …

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Our children’s and YA top 10 bestsellers of the week

The 91-Storey Treehouse by Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee Gap Year in Ghost Town by Michael Pryor In My Room by Jo Witek and Christine Roussey In My Heart by Jo Witek and Christine Roussey Wonder by R.J. Palacio Magic Faraway Tree Collection (3 books in…

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What we’re reading: Jennifer Egan, Elizabeth Wein & Paul Noble

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to. Robbie Egan is reading Manhattan Beach by Jennifer Egan

I have been reading Jennifer Egan’s Manhattan Beach, a novel of remarkable historical accuracy that details the lives of its characters with an economy and precision that almost belies the lavishness of i…

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