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

Susan Midalia
The Australian writer Gillian Mears’ award-winning Foal’s Bread is one of the most absorbing novels I’ve read in years. It returned me to some of the pleasures of the old-fashioned realist novel: an engrossing plot that kept me reading late ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Julian Novitz
Aside from the growing stack of New Yorker magazines that I can never quite seem to whittle down, I have spent the last couple of weeks reading Sewer, Gas, Electric: the public works trilogy, by Matt Ruff. Ruff is kind ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Krissy Kneen
I have never really been a fan of comics. Despite a period of my life when I played Dungeons and Dragons and read fantasy novels, I was never one of those gamer geeks who frequented the comic shops ordering pristine ...
What I'm Reading (A Comic)

What I’m Reading (A Comic)

First Dog on the Moon
First Dog on the Moon is a Walkley nominated cartoonist and national treasure. Comments by paddy 05 Nov 12 at 13:27 Thank goodness for the trusty Irish beach house authors. It was all getting terribly serious there for a ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Ronnie Scott
I am not a person who generally feels well-informed; for a year I called our Prime Minister Julia Jillard. So I’ve been reading a series of remedial primers, the Oxford Very Short Introductions. These offer “stimulating ways in to new ...

What I’m Reading

David Mence
I often go through phases with my reading. Recently I had a huge American phase (because I was in the States) and then a nineteenth century phase (when I got home) and then these phases joined up so that I ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Damon Young
‘There is no frigate like a book,’ wrote poet Emily Dickinson, ‘to take us lands away.’ And recently, the captain of my soul has been Dickinson herself, that master of floral economy and passionate doubt. Dickinson’s poetry (crisp, chiefly unadorned) ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Brian Johns
All of a sudden there is a flow of books in that rare literary genre—the Australian political novel. Flow. Well, a few. My bedside table includes Sulari Gentill’s, A Few Right Thinking Men, Nicholas Hasluck’s, Dismissal, John M. Green’s, Born ...
What I'm Reading

What I’m Reading

Alan Kohler
I’m re-reading Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (John le Carre) at the moment to prepare for the new film starring Gary Oldman as George Smiley. It’s a wonderful perspective on the the British secret service, far more realistic than Spooks on ...