Jessica Au

Jessica Au is a former editor of Readings Monthly. She is also the author of the novels, Cargo and Cold Enough for Snow.

Review — 23 Apr 2013

Burial Rites by Hannah Kent

In rural Iceland, 1829, a woman named Agnes Magnúsdóttir is sentenced to death for her part in a brutal double murder. As she awaits her execution, she is sent to…

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Blog post — 27 Jun 2013

July Highlights

Jessica Au, editor of

Mid-winter takes us from the speculative world of mind-bending literati to a ragtag bunch of rural evangelists. Local house Sleepers has brought out its second debut…

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Review — 23 May 2013

Out of Shape by Mel Campbell

Mel Campbell has a brilliant eye for popular culture, as anyone who’s followed her blog, A Wild Young Under-Whimsy, or her other writing will know. Her first book, Out

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Blog post — 7 May 2013

Q&A with Anna Krien


What drew you to explore this side of sporting culture? Did you feel that this was a book that needed to be written?

It was the unfortunate ‘St Kilda…

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Review — 23 Jun 2013

Holy Bible by Vanessa Russell

Seventeen-year-old Tranquillity Bloom lives in Ballarat and dreams of moving to Melbourne to become a nurse. Her family are part of a diminishing religious sect, the Christadelphians, and Tranquillity’s world…

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Review — 1 Apr 2013

Welcome To Your New Life by Anna Goldsworthy

Anna Goldsworthy’s debut memoir, Piano Lessons, followed her emergence into the world of classical music and subsequent rise to fame. Her second, Welcome to Your New Life, is…

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Review — 24 Feb 2013

Ghost Wife by Michelle Dicinoski

In 2005, Michelle Dicinoski and her American girlfriend, Heather, decided to get married. The proposal came, wildly and beautifully, from Michelle musing casually about a road trip together to Canada…

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Review — 27 Jan 2013

Cat & Fiddle by Lesley Jørgensen

Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice seems to be an inexhaustible source of literary rummaging for the writers of today – from Colm Tóibin’s solemn tribute in Brooklyn to P.D. James’…

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Blog post — 7 Nov 2012

Q&A with Geordie Williamson, author of The Burning Library

Geordie Williamson chats with Jessica Au about his new book,

Tell us about writing

The germ of an idea came with 2009’s Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature. I…

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Blog post — 13 Nov 2012

What I loved: To Siberia by Per Petterson

Readings Monthly

It is possible to think about reading as a series of turning points. Every now and then, a book comes along like a shock – making and breaking…

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