Alison Huber

Alison Huber is Readings’ Head Book Buyer and works at the Carlton store. She has been selling books in Melbourne for twenty years. She is also a recovering academic.

Reviews

Work Like Any Other by Virginia Reeves

Reviewed by Alison Huber

Virginia Reeves has written an extremely affecting debut novel set during the age of electrification in 1920s Alabama. It’s the kind of story that will stay with you long after you start reading the …

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The Portable Veblen by Elizabeth McKenzie

Reviewed by Alison Huber

You may not immediately recognise the name of the economist, sociologist and critic of modernity, Thorstein Veblen, but you will recognise some of the concepts that he introduced into the twentieth c…

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Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins

Reviewed by Alison Huber

Speculative imaginings of our world in the wake of climate change are providing many authors with rich material for exploration. It’s fertile ground for some big questions that we should probably all…

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Purity by Jonathan Franzen

Reviewed by Alison Huber

Fellow lovers of Big American Novels, clear your diaries: the new Jonathan Franzen is here. It has been five long years since Franzen’s last work of fiction, Freedom, and it has been worth the wait. …

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A Whole Life by Robert Seethaler

Reviewed by Alison Huber

This small book makes a huge impact. It has been a bestseller in its original German language publication (selling some 150,000 copies) and readers can now join in this thoroughly deserved enthusiasm…

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Fourth of July Creek by Smith Henderson

Reviewed by Alison Huber

Sometimes it feels like books find their own way to you. I was drawn to Fourth of July Creek in a pile of proofs at the Carlton office for no particular reason, and it turned out to be an exact fit f…

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Alice Spring by Eleanor Hogan

Reviewed by Alison Huber

This handsome book is the latest addition to New South’s justly successful series about Australian cities, focusing this time on the capital of ‘Centralia’, Alice Springs. Countless readers have reli…

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Tigers in Red Weather by Lisa Klaussmann

Reviewed by Alison Huber

Read our Q&A with Liza Klaussmann here.

Let me first deal with two items of publicity that will inevitably precede this book – one, it is the debut novel by Herman Melville’s great-great-great-gran…

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News

Dear Reader, May 2016

by Alison Huber

Are you, like our reviewer, a lover of the art novel? If yes, then our book of the month, The Last Painting of Sara de Vos by Dominic Smith, is most definitely for you: it’s an involving story that spans time and place (with a heist thrown in for good measure). Dodge Rose is an audacious debut novel from Sydneysider Jack Cox, and is everything good writing should be: challenging, creative and tru…

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Dear Reader, April 2016

by Alison Huber

In March, the winners of the Windham-Campbell Prizes for literature were announced. First awarded in 2013 and administered by the Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library at Yale University, prizes are given in the categories of fiction, drama and non-fiction for writers from anywhere in the world whose work is written in English. These prizes are awarded through an anonymous judging process, pu…

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The most anticipated books of 2016

by Alison Huber

Dear Reader,

I am troubled. It seems like only moments ago that we were looking back at the year that was 2015, checking our reading diaries, assembling our list of the books that were the best of the year, and comparing our assessment of writing achievements to that of others. And now I find myself needing to forget all about last year, turn my attention in the opposite direction, and produce i…

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Dear Reader, November 2015

by Alison Huber

Our book of the month is Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, Carrie Brownstein’s utterly fabulous memoir. A number of us here at Readings have been hanging out for this book to arrive, and like our reviewer, I am completely besotted by it. But I hear your concern, dear reader: you are worried that it’s ‘not for you’ because you’re not keen on music bios, or perhaps you have limited interest in the rio…

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Dear Reader, October 2015

by Alison Huber

You could be forgiven for having no idea where to start with the books of October 2015. I mean, really – this is a bumper month. First, may I suggest you read the new work of Tony Birch? Ghost River is further testament that Melbourne has in Birch both its champion and its quintessential raconteur. It’s our book of the month.

Or perhaps you’d like to start as if it’s the end of the world? How ab…

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Dear Reader, September 2015

by Alison Huber

September in Melbourne is usually associated with a certain feverish state, namely Footy Finals Fever. It may not be surprising to hear that this common ailment does not affect me, but this year I don’t feel so left out because bookish fevers of other kinds give one plenty of reason to cheer and swoon.

This is the month we celebrate the release of Fever of Animals, our Book of the Month, and the…

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