Australia prides itself on being a reading nation, but who’s reading what? What are our favourite genres? Do women read more than men? How do we choose our books? Where do we buy them? A recent survey of Australian readers conducted by Macquarie University and the Australia Council for the Arts investigates the preferences, behaviour and attitudes of Australians towards books and reading. The Australian’s literary editor Stephen Romei joins publisher Meredith Curnow, author Melissa Lucashenko, bookseller Fiona Stager and Professor David Throsby to discuss the findings.
Melissa Lucashenko (Australian)
Melissa Lucashenko is an acclaimed Aboriginal novelist from Queensland. She is a Walkley Award winner for her non-fiction, and has won numerous prizes for her novels about ordinary Australians and the extraordinary lives they lead. Melissa is a founding member of the prisoner rights group, Sisters Inside. Her latest book is Too Much Lip.