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What we’re reading: Ariel Levy, M.R. Carey & Patrick Modiano

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. Mike Shuttleworth is reading The Black Notebook by Patrick Modiano (translated by Mark Polizzotti)

Paris is a place that many of us think about – and some of us think about it a lot. But nobody thinks about Paris with the total obsession of Patrick Modiano, th…

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My five favourite books about writers

by Jo Case

1. Jo March

It’s no coincidence that my name is Jo. Okay, I’m not named after her, but I’ve always identified with Little Women’s tomboyish writer Jo March. The second-oldest of four sisters during the American Civil War, Jo is the driving force of the quartet: she writes plays for them all to act in; she invites the lonely boy in the mansion across the road, Laurie, to be their best friend; a…

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The best new crime reads of the month

CRIME BOOK OF THE MONTH The Cleaner by Elisabeth Herrmann

Espionage novels are like a long swim in stormy weather – by turns comforting, slightly terrifying, and a thorough workout. It is, of course, absolute heaven to sit there on your couch with a glass of pinot gris and read about agents double-crossing each other and people getting shot all over the place, while wondering if you can tru…

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The Readings Foundation visits River Nile Learning Centre

by Leanne Hall

The Readings Foundation assists Victorian organisations that support the development of literacy, community integration and the arts. Grants Officer Leanne Hall and Digital Marketing Manager Lian Hingee visited River Nile Learning Centre recently – one of the 11 projects being supported by the Foundation in 2017.

River Nile Learning Centre is a warm, cheerful and welcoming organisation in Nort…

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Our top picks of the month for book clubs

For a book club filled with thespians… House of Names by Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín has thrillingly reimagined Aeschylus’s Oresteia linked trilogy of Greek tragedies for a new audience. Spectacularly audacious, violent, vengeful, lustful, and instantly compelling, House of Names tells the story of murderess Clytemnestra – and her children. Our reviewer writes that this novel, ‘reads like a thril…

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Six delicious new cookbooks

by Chris Gordon

Brae by Dan Hunter

Wonder man Dan Hunter is the award-winning pioneer of modern Australian cuisine. His restaurant Brae is listed in the top 100 restaurants in the world. This book shows you why. Essentially, this beautiful book is a collection of recipes using locally grown cuisine that will take you on a journey of great imagination, with wonderful flourishes. This book is perfect for those …

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Picture books about first experiences

by Leanne Hall

The world is full of firsts when you’re a kid. Some of them are exciting, some of them are worrying, and some are downright terrifying. But even mundane daily activities can require a little encouragement before a habit is formed. A good story, a relatable character and a bit of information about the experience can help turn firsts into fun. Here are some of our most entertaining books about tho…

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

A Most Magical Girl by Karen Foxlee Finding Nevo by Nevo Zisin The Bad Guys Episode 5: Intergalactic Gas by Aaron Blabey A Court of Wings and Ruin (A Court of Thrones and Roses Book 3) by Sarah J. Maas Welcome to Country by Aunty Joy Murphy and Lisa Kennedy The Dark Prophecy (The Trials of Apollo Book 2) by Rick Riordan 13 Reasons Why (film tie-in edition)_ by Jay Asher Good Night Stories for

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Lessons learned from fictional mothers

This Mother’s Day, our staff reflect on some of the most important lessons they’ve learned from fictional mothers – in books, TV, films, and more.

‘In the world of fictional mothers, Lorelei Gilmore has taught me to embrace pop culture at every opportunity, Emily Gilmore showed me to take no shit from anyone, Tami Taylor demonstrated how to have a successful marriage (nine parts love and kindn…

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