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What we’re reading: Rainbow Rowell, Tracy Sorensen & Tony Birch

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. Stella Charls is recommending Tony Birch

On Wednesday night I went along to the Wheeler Centre to see Tony Birch in conversation with Chris Flynn about his most recent short story collection, Common People. This event also included an exciting announcement – T…

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Winners of the National Book Awards 2017

Congratulations to the winners of this year’s National Book Awards! 2017 Fiction Winner Sing, Unburied, Sing by Jesmyn Ward

13-year-old Jojo and his younger sister Kayla live with their grandparents in rural Mississippi. When their father, a white man, is released from prison, their mother Leonie packs the children into her car with a friend, and together they set off to collect the man sh…

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Our 2017 Christmas Gift Guide: What to buy your significant other

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. If they enjoy throwing dinner parties… For comforting, delicious and heartwarming try Ostro by Julia Busuttil Nishimura. This one is especially great if your significant other (S.O.) has a pasta machine gathering dust in their cupboard as Julia demonstrates how to make a wide range o…

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Gerard Elson on the importance of The Damage Report

by Gerard Elson

You have to admit, it’s a crazy idea.

Beginning February 25, 2016, Zo Damage, Melburnian gig photographer extraordinaire, would photograph at least one live band per calendar entry over the next year. For obvious reasons, the endeavour came to be known as the 365 Day Project. Four days later, when Damage and her Canon EOS-1 were primely positioned at a Golden Girls gig at the Northcote Social Cl…

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We test out recipes from Poh Bakes 100 Greats

Earlier this week we roadtested different recipes from Poh Ling Yeow’s new cookbook, Poh Bakes 100 Greats, and invited Poh to come in and select the best one! Here are the results of our final Readings bake-off for 2017… Michael Wallace made ‘Flourless Chocolate Cake with Guinness Ice Cream’ (pg. 140):

Poh’s recipe proved pretty, pretty tasty. I’d baked flourless chocolate cakes with almon…

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Our 2017 Christmas Gift Guide: What to buy your children

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. GIFT IDEAS FOR AGES 0 - 2

In the first year of a baby’s life, you can’t go wrong with a cloth or board book. In A Tiny Little Story: Park and A Tiny Little Story: Zoo, Baby Boo goes on relatable excursions using in basic language and bold illustrations. You can find plenty more sug…

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Our 2017 Christmas Gift Guide: What to buy your parents

Over the next few weeks, we’ll be compiling a host of gift guides to help you with your Christmas shopping. If they’re long overdue for a rest… For the parent who loves nature – Dreamscapes is a stunning and inspiring collection of more than 50 of the world’s most beautiful gardens from across the globe. For a smart beach read try Manhattan Beach – an immersive and transformative work of h…

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

The Getaway (Diary of a Wimpy Kid Book 12) by Jeff Kinney La Belle Sauvage (The Book of Dust Book 1) by Philip Pullman Bad Dad by David Walliams and Tony Ross Nevermoor: The Trials of Morrigan Crow by Jessica Townsend Turtles All the Way Down by John Green Good Night Stories for Rebel Girls by Elena Favilli and Francesca Cavallo The War That Saved My Life by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley The Very No

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Mark Rubbo chats with Peter Carey

by Mark Rubbo

Our Managing Director Mark Rubbo chats with Man Booker prize winning author Peter Carey about his . A large part of A Long Way from Home takes place during one of the famous round-Australia endurance races of the late 50s, commonly referred to as the Redex Trial. Your descriptions of this race have an authenticity to them that thrills. What kind of research did you undertake to make these scen…

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