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We share our perfect antidote for Mondayitis: five fab bookish videos to tickle your fancy – from a book trailer so bad that it just might be genius, to an exclusive video of Lloyd Jones reading from his latest book, the memoir A History of Silence. And of course, there’s the obligatory cat.

The Bad Book Trailer

Is there such a thing as ‘so bad it’s good’ when it comes to book trailers? Mr and Mrs Consumer, the choice is yours. Watch Stuart Ross’s book trailer and decide for yourself.

Book Fetishism and Dominoes: What Ebooks Can’t Do

This cute little hipster video – complete with cheery music – demonstrates one important thing you can’t do with ebooks. Because book dominoes are an important part of every reader’s repertoire.

Cats, Books and the Internet: Kitten Reads Book on Head

It’s not the internet without a cat joke … And so we present: a kitten reading a book from the vantage point of its owner’s head. If this video was any sweeter, you’d need a dentist.

Mister Pip, the movie

Hugh Laurie is starring in the film adaptation of Lloyd Jones’s much-loved story of Great Expectations in Bougainville, Mister Pip. You can watch the trailer now.

Lloyd Jones reads from his new memoir

Lloyd Jones was in town for the Melbourne Writers Festival recently – and he popped in to the Wheeler Centre to film a live reading from his new memoir, A History of Silence. The exclusive video is below.

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02 September 2013

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HMDW Crikey blogger Culture Mulcher praised Lloyd Jones' Hand Me Down World that blends his role as reader and designer. As Mulcher says he’s “designed six of Jones’ books, including the wonderful Commonwealth Writers’ Prize-winning, Booker-runner-up, Mister Pip, and also — don’t say it! going to say it — one of my all-time contemporary favourites, The Book of Fame.”

While Mr Mulcher is anything but a distanced reviewer, he was so inspired by the manuscript that he wrote the back cover blurb, because “that’s how much it got to me.”

Mr Mulcher also points out that the UK publisher released several copies as hand me down books – books that they released into the wild and encouraged people who found them to write reviews. Many of the reviews agree with Mr Mulcher’s praise.

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18 November 2010

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Lloyd Jones is best known for his powerful novel Mr Pip, but his latest book Hand Me Down World promises an even stronger emotional punch as it looks at one of the most pressing social issues of our time.

In this video he talks about how his new novel was inspired by an “extraordinary” newspaper article about a boat that capsized while carrying North African immigrants. By using a narrative style of passing the story between characters, Jones talks about how he creates a story where “everyone is living in the margins of everyone else”.

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27 October 2010

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