Chris Gordon

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Christine Gordon is the Events Manager for Readings. She writes on the topics of gardening and cooking for Readings and has a weekly blog where she discusses living and gardening in small urban spaces. Find out more at Open Source Outside.

Reviews

The Landing by Susan Johnson

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Susan Johnson is a funny woman. Anyone who has read her previous work will already value her ability to see the absurdity of everyday monotonous routines. The Landing is full of such observations, al…

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Prick with a Fork by Larissa Dubecki

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

I’ve been a fan of Larissa Dubecki’s writing for a long time. I really like that she is not a poser. I enjoy her restaurant reviews; she is astute and droll. Prick with a Fork is a lot like her resta…

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Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J. Ryan Stradal

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

If you reckon all of us, here in the Great Indulgent Western World, are turning into complete tossers about food then this debut novel is for you. Already receiving huge enthusiasm in the United Stat…

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A God in Ruins by Kate Atkinson

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Life After Life is one of my favourite books of all time, so it was with some trepidation that I approached A God in Ruins. I was rewarded with feelings of foolishness: after all, with Atkinson you a…

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Goodbye Sweetheart by Marion Halligan

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

This melancholic tale questions notions of security and knowledge in relationships. The protagonist, a successful lawyer, dies suddenly leaving behind his wife, his past wives, his lover, his kids an…

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One Life: My Mother’s Story by Kate Grenville

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

We already know that Grenville is one of Australia’s most-loved story tellers. We already know that each of her stories reflects upon Australia’s history and consciousness. One Life is no exception. …

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Epilogue by Will Boast

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

This  autobiography could have easily, and forgivably, been filled with indulgent analyses of grief, loss and growing up. It opens with Boast’s father dying, quietly and in isolation. Having already …

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The American Lover by Rose Tremain

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Tremain has won many prestigious writing awards over the years, including the Orange Prize for her novel The Road Home, so we already know we are in the hands of an artist. This wonderful collection …

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Lost & Found by Brooke Davis

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Expressions like ‘heartwarming’ or ‘finding meaning’ are thrown around fairly liberally in book reviews or publisher blurbs. But what to do when the story really is as heartwarming as this one? If y…

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The Claimant by Janette Turner Hospital

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

In her terrific new novel, with what feels to be great delight, Janet Turner Hospital plays with personal histories and notions of identity to create a work based around the trial of the Vanderbilt f…

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Difficult Pleasures by Anjum Hasan

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Anjum Hasan’s Difficult Pleasures has been picked up by the excellent Brass Monkeys Books, an Australian-owned publishing house that has built a terrific reputation for bringing Indian-focused titles…

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Kat Jumps the Shark by Melinda Houston

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

I suspect if you lived in Melbourne’s inner-north, one of the chief delights of Melinda Houston’s wry novel would be recognising each place she is writing about. There is a particular joy in having y…

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Tim Winton’s The Turning

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Settle in ladies and gentlemen, settle in; this could take some time. So much time, in fact, that when this film was screened in local cinemas, an interval was programmed. There is certainly a lot of…

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I’d Eat That!: Simple Ways to be a Better Cook by Callum Hann

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Callum Hann is that 20-year old sweetheart who came second in the second series of Masterchef and I’d Eat That! is his second cookbook, which he was motivated to write after watching his friends' ap…

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Eating Heaven: Spirituality at the Table by Simon Carey Holt

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

As we move towards our Christmas Day preparations for the ‘Meal to End All Meals’, with expectations heightened by all around you, let’s remember why we do this every single year, even if we are not …

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The Lowland by Jhumpa Lahiri

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

A confession first: shamefully I’ve not read any of Jhumpa Lahiri’s work before, but after reading The Lowland, I’ll be seeking out her Pulitzer Prize winning short-story collection, Interpreter of M

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Letter to George Clooney by Debra Adelaide

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Debra Adelaide’s new collection of short stories, Letter to George Clooney, is wonderfully dark and humorous, making wicked fun at the familiar typecasts of poets, internet dating, government warning…

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The List of My Desires by Gregoire Delacourt

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

This sweet and sad novel has been one of the top ten bestselling books in France since its publication in February 2012, and really, this makes perfect sense, for here is a confidently told story abo…

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Wildlife by Zucchini-Clan

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

What happens if you put three like-minded musicians with a zany knack of dressing together?

Why, you get the Zucchini-Clan - a wonderful musical troupe with a message to share with both young and ol…

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Women & Power edited by Julianne Schultz

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Silencing and a disregard for the work women do is hardly a new topic. Women, after all, have been writing about this discrimination seemingly for decades. However, the importance of doing so cannot …

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Toscano’s Family Table by Jo Toscano

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

I would like to let you know that my garden provides enough fruit and vegetables for my family all year round, but sadly that would be a huge lie. I would also like to tell you that I never shop at s…

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Letters To The End Of Love by Yvette Walker

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Yvette Walker, a fellow bookseller from Western Australia, has written a treat here for those who enjoy gently unfolding narratives, and characters who reveal themselves quietly. There is no sudden c…

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The Wild Girl by Kate Forsyth

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Kate Forsyth is a storyteller whose books are spun out of magic and folklore. Her most famous work, Bitter Greens, is the retelling of Rapunzel. In all her stories there are princesses and wild fores…

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The Red Book by Deborah Copaken Kogan

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Deborah Copaken Kogan’s The Red Book centres on a circle of women – all old friends – who come together again at their Harvard college reunion.

Clover, Addison, Mia and Jane were all roommates until…

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Hannah & Emil by Belinda Castles

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Already I can see the opening movie scene: through the dirt and darkness of war trudges a handsome man, boots worn, collar pulled tightly to keep the wind out, the streets are wet but the twinkle in …

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Unzipped by Nicki Reed

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Here is a love story for all of us that live on the north side of the river.

Unzipped is Reed’s first novel set around our inner northern suburbs, and what a saucy number it is! The story centres on…

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Workbook No. 15 by Bruno Leti

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Facts on the table:

I am not an art connoisseur. Bruno Leti is very well-known in the art world and has had work represented in pretty much all national and state art galleries in Australia. Bruno …

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My Hundred Lovers by Susan Johnson

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Johnson has written extensively about her own life and for that I have always been grateful; her writing makes me feel not alone. In this brilliantly conceived novel, a woman on the eve of her 50th b…

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Text Classics: The Commandant by Jessica Anderson

Reviewed by Chris Gordon, Readings Carlton

It’s peculiar to Australian history - the penal sites around our coast and the heartbreak they caused. Recently I was fortunate enough to visit the Tasmanian site and while reading Jessica Anderson’s…

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Alien Shores by Sharon Rundle & Meenakshi Bharat (eds)

Reviewed by Chris Gordon, Readings Carlton

Alien Shores is a collection of people’s stories about travelling against adversity, heartbreak and racism to start again. There are 19 stories in the collection but each of them seem to hold a simpl…

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News

Q&A with Patrick Ness

by Chris Gordon

Our events manager Chris Gordon chats with Patrick Ness about his highly anticipated new YA novel, The Rest of Us Just Live Here, which will be released next Thursday 27 August. Special note: Five lucky people who pre-order The Rest of Us Just Live Here limited edition will also receive a copy of More Than This signed by Patrick Ness. Pre-order online by Tuesday 25 August to automatically go int…

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Bestselling books at the 47th ALP National Conference

by Chris Gordon

I spent the past weekend at the Melbourne Convention Centre where Readings had installed a pop-up book shop to cater for the Australian Labor Party faithfuls – for the national media teams, the protesters, the leaders-to-be and the waggishness of many journalists.

We chatted with our greatest social commentators including David Marr, Guy Rundle and James Button. There were wonderful moments as w…

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Introducing our event program for August

by Chris Gordon

Events Manager Chris Gordon shares her top five picks from our August event calendar Dinner with Simon Bryant

I’m such a huge fan of Maggie Beer and her Chef, Simon Bryant and we are so delighted to be able to bring the very first, surely, celebrity chef to our favourite cafe in Hawthorn. It will be such a treat to dine with Simon, to hear his take on where fine dining and cooking are heading

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Q&A with Tess Masters, author of The Blender Girl Smoothies

by Chris Gordon

Tess, firstly congratulations on taking the very humble smoothie to a whole new level. How did you find out that you had a passion for the drink to end all drinks?

Oh, thank you. It has been so much fun changing the way people think about smoothies with this book. I get messages from people all over the world who are making their way through every single recipe in the book. I love titles that re…

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Watching Game of Thrones with my teenage son

by Chris Gordon

Readings staff member Chris Gordon tells us what it’s like to watch the complete Game of Thrones series, with her teenage son.

Here is the stark truth:

I am not a fan of fantasy films or novels. I’m well aware that dragons are not real. Gratuitous sex and violence does not please me. I hate anything to do with zombies.

And yet, I’ve somehow managed to watch all available seasons of Game of

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Three cookbooks to get you through winter

by Chris Gordon

Maggie Beer’s Winter Harvest Recipes by Maggie Beer

I associate Maggie Beer with quinces, with pheasant pâtés, mushrooms, and with delicious slow-cooked country cooking. This delightful collection of recipes has everything you could expect for cold nights. The recipes are from the winter section of Maggie’s bible, Maggie’s Harvest. Included in this collection are detailed descriptions of meals…

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