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

Melissa Lucashenko is a Goorie author of Bundjalung and European heritage. She has written six novels, including Too Much Lip which won the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award and Queensland Premier’s Award for a Work of State Significance. Melissa is a Walkley Award winner for her non-fiction and founding member of human rights organisation Sisters Inside. She writes about ordinary Australians and the extraordinary lives they lead. Melissa’s next novel Edenglassie will be published in 2023.

Stephen Romei (Australian )

Stephen Romei

Stephen Romei is the literary editor and a film critic at The Australian and The Weekend Australian. His weekly literary column in The Weekend Australian is ‘A Pair of Ragged Claws’.