Joe Rubbo

Joe Rubbo is the managing director of Readings

Blog post — 3 Jun 2024

Foreword with Joe Rubbo

Many talented and dedicated people have worked at Readings over our 55-year history. In July, our Hawthorn shop manager of the last 27 years, Desiree Boardman will retire. During her…

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Blog post — 2 May 2024

A Q&A with Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín is a bestselling Irish writer, known for his works of fiction. He is the winner of a swathe of literary awards and has long been a favourite with…

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Blog post — 16 May 2024

Foreword with Joe Rubbo

In this month’s issue of the Readings Monthly I was lucky enough to interview Colm Tóibín about his latest novel, Long Island. Colm Tóibín is a novelist I admire…

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Review — 21 Apr 2024

Long Island by Colm Tóibín

Colm Tóibín’s new novel, Long Island, reunites readers with Eilis Lacey, the heroine from his wildly successful novel Brooklyn, published in 2009. It is a favourite of mine…

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Blog post — 14 Apr 2024

Foreword, with Joe Rubbo

January and February always feel a bit slow in the world of bookselling, customer numbers dwindle and the number of books being published slows. It’s a good time to tidy…

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Blog post — 5 Mar 2024

Foreword with Joe Rubbo, March 2024

As regular readers of this publication will know, this is my first column in this space. At the end of last year Mark Rubbo decided to retire his regular column…

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Blog post — 14 Sep 2023

Mark's brilliant career: A tribute to Mark Rubbo

As some of you may know already, Readings’ long-serving managing director, Mark Rubbo, has recently retired from his position. This idea of retirement has been floating around for some years…

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Review — 30 Aug 2022

The Marriage Portrait by Maggie O’Farrell

It is 1560 and Alfonso II d’Este, Duke of Ferrara, is unsatisfied with previous portraits of Lucrezia di Cosimo de’Medici. There ought to be a painting that matches her exquisite…

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Review — 30 May 2022

Translating Myself and Others by Jhumpa Lahiri

Admirers of Jhumpa Lahiri’s work might mistakenly think that working in languages other than English was a new direction for her, but as she recounts in Translating Myself and Others

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Review — 28 Apr 2022

Sunbathing by Isobel Beech

Sunbathing is the stunning debut novel from Melbourne writer Isobel Beech. It follows the story of a young woman who is invited to stay with her friends Giulia and Fab…

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