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Category Archives: Recommended Reading


Recommended reading: P.A. O’Reilly

For this Recommended Reading column, writer P.A. O’Reilly, whose latest novel The Fine Colour of Rust is out now, lists four books about man’s best friend that provide her with inspiration via their intense mix of savagery and beauty. When I’ve finished a piece of writing and I … Read more »

Recommended reading: What we’re looking forward to, Part III

In this final instalment of ‘What we’re looking forward to’, Martin Shaw asks some of our leading local writers what they’re recommending for 2012. We hear from Louise Swinn, Miles Vertigan, Geordie Williamson, Charlotte Wood, Chris Womersley and Rohan Wilson. For Parts I and II click here and here. … Read more »

Recommended reading: What we’re looking forward to, Part II

Bookseller Martin Shaw asked Australian writers what they are excited about reading in 2012. Today, we hear from Wayne Macauley, Angela Meyer, Pip Newling, Favel Parrett, A S Patric and Laurie Steed. This is the second part of this series. For Part I, click here. Wayne Macauley … Read more »

Recommended reading: What we’re looking forward to, Part I

In the last few weeks of 2011 I remember thinking to myself – as yet another ‘picks of 2011’ landed in my Twitter feed (and in all manner of other publications that crossed my desk) – that I was starting to tire of the phenomenon. After all, … Read more »

Recommended reading: Charlotte Wood’s touchstone books

I always baulk when asked about my favourite book – even my favourite books – of all time. How can I possibly have favourites? The books I seek out change all the time, according to the weather, my mood, what I’m writing and what I’ve just read. … Read more »

Recommended reading: Jo Case

For our special Issue Six ‘Recommended Reading’ series, we’ve asked members of the Stella Prize (now live!) steering committee to recommend their favourite texts by women. Kill Your Darlings Associate Editor Jo Case offers her selection of female writers, from Melbourne historians to New York publicists and … Read more »

Recommended Reading: Louise Swinn

For this Recommended Reading column, we asked Louise Swinn, editorial director at Sleepers Publishing and member of the Stella Prize steering committee, for some of her favourite books penned by women. Among her selections are an Age Book of the Year winner, a literary superstar, an American … Read more »

Recommended reading: Sonja Dechian

Sonja Dechian’s ‘The Architect’ appeared in Kill Your Darlings Issue 5. Sonja’s fiction has been published in New Australian Stories 2, The Best Australian Stories 2006, The Sleepers Almanac, Wet Ink and many others. Killings asked her to share her recommended reading. Recommended reading lists are always … Read more »

Recommended Reading: Lisa Dempster, director of the Emerging Writers’ Festival

The Emerging Writers’ Festival kicks off today (see Kill Your Darlings appearances here). We asked EWF director Lisa Dempster to give us her recommended reading list. The role of a literary festival director is ironic in many ways: the closer the festival gets, the more time one … Read more »

‘We read to know we are not alone': Annie Condon

Annie Condon’s ‘Nothing Broken’ was published in Issue Three. A fiction writer and reviewer, Annie lives in Melbourne, and her stories have been published in Kill Your Darlings (Issue 3), Meanjin, Going Down Swinging and various anthologies. Killings asked her to share her recommended reading. Many years … Read more »