What I’m Reading

An ongoing series of Australian writers delving into the authors they’re reading.

What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Vanessa Berry
Pictured on the cover of the The Riot Grrrl Collection, the book I’ve been reading recently, is a filing cabinet covered in stickers. It took me a few days to realise that my new book, Ninety9, has a similar, sticker-covered ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Chad Parkhill
I’ve often envied the relationships that people who don’t work as writers or editors have with books. They seem to read more of them, or at least read them more completely: start to finish, without the distraction of another, competing ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Karen Andrews
The books I find at my disposal from month-to-month are determined by two factors: how often I am able to get down to the public library and what kind of mental headspace I’m in at the time. I have always ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Rosanna Beatrice Stevens
I’ve been leafing over short stories lately because I’m time-poor. I can commit to a whole story without knowing I’ll have to tear myself away and wade back in repeatedly. Earlier this year, I picked up two books of short ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Rachel Morley
A few years ago I stopped keeping books by my bedside. I could no longer bear the constant reminder, last thing at night—a time when the mind is vulnerable to suggestion—that I was a failure; principally because of a then-inability ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Liam Pieper
I’ve just finished The Go Between, by L.P. Hartley, which begins with the timeless: ‘The past is a foreign country: they do things differently there.’ It’s a line that has been endlessly appropriated, reworked and plagiarised over the years, and ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Courtney Collins
I’m reading, yes, but first I’m tossing coins. They must be three coins of the same size and weight so when they are thrown in the air fate has an even chance. If there’s a shortage on loose change, three ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Anna Barnes
A few weeks ago when I was first asked the question: What are you reading? I had a really, really good answer. I was reading a contemporary Australian novel, and I was loving it. I would write a nice feel ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Peter Taggart
I gather it’s not terribly fashionable when a nosy neighbour on a bus, train or plane enquires as to why you chose the certain memoir or novel sitting open in your lap, to turn and answer ‘because it was cheap’ ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Senthorun Raj
What does it mean to grow up as a queer Tamil boy? When I think of my own childhood here in Sydney, I have vivid memories of trying on my mother’s heels, wearing lipstick, playing with dolls, and wishing I ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Isobelle Carmody
I am always in the process of reading and re-reading a number of things. I have just this second finished a short story collection called Dreaming of Djinn edited by Liz Gryzb. It is the most mouthwatering collection of stories ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Irma Gold
In the middle of the Serengeti the scrubby land is flat, stretching into the unbroken distance on all sides. We set up camp—a motley group of Americans, Germans, Brits and Aussies—and begin preparing the evening meal. The area is seemingly ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Mark Carnegie
After more than a year of wanting to read David Graeber’s Debt: The First 5,000 Years, a friend gave it to me, so I finally have—at the same time that everybody else has moved on to reading his latest work ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Annabel Smith
Have you ever seen someone drink a can of beer in one hit and then crush the can? That would be an apt metaphor for the way I consumed Jami Attenberg’s The Middlesteins, a wry and perceptive drama about a ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Amanda Curtin
I’ve had the good fortune of spending most of my life working with books in one way or another—as an editor, as a writer, occasionally as a teacher. There are books all over the house, and their grasp on domestic ...