Kelsey Oldham

Kelsey Oldham works as a bookseller at Readings Hawthorn.


The Rapids by Sam Twyford-Moore

Sam Twyford-Moore’s The Rapids examines mania and bipolar disorder in art and popular culture. A series of interlinked essays peppered with references to film, literature, music and television, the b…

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There There by Tommy Orange

The terrible consequences of colonialism are still being felt acutely by people of colour all over the world. Tommy Orange – enrolled member of the Arapaho and Cheyenne tribes and resident of Oakland…

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Frankenstein in Baghdad by Ahmed Saadawi

Originally published in Arabic in 2014, Iraqi author Ahmed Saadawi’s Frankenstein in Baghdad won the International Prize for Arabic Fiction. And it does what it says on the packet: it’s about a man-m…

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Border Districts by Gerald Murnane

If you’ve ever read Gerald Murnane before, you’ll have some idea of what to expect with Border Districts, his thirteenth book and, apparently, his final work of fiction. It’s esoteric, thought-provok…

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The Sparsholt Affair by Alan Hollinghurst

Spanning 70 years, Alan Hollinghurst’s long-awaited new novel begins with a group of friends at Oxford during World War II and follows the ensemble over the years and generations. The book is divided…

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No Way! Okay, Fine. by Brodie Lancaster

Brodie Lancaster’s first book is a memoir that fuses Lancaster’s love of pop culture and feminism to explore her quest for authentic identity and self-acceptance – even if the taboo of being an ‘adul…

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Adult Fantasy by Briohny Doyle

Briohny Doyle is a thirty-something millennial. The only daughter of a pair of middle-class, educated baby boomers, Doyle has a PhD but works as a greengrocer; she has a long-term partner, but they l…

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All Our Wrong Todays by Elan Mastai

All Our Wrong Todays is Elan Mastai’s debut novel. A screenwriter by trade (the 2013 indie What If, starring Daniel Radcliffe, was written by him), Mastai’s first novel ambitiously adapts the film ge…

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The best pop CDs of 2017

by Kelsey Oldham

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books, albums, films and TV shows of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 pop CDs of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books, CDs & DVDs of 2017 here.) Jen Cloher by Jen Cloher

Australian music goddess Jen Cloher’s newest LP is an impeccable set of tight, heartf…

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