Ingrid Josephine

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Ingrid Josephine is a friend of Readings. She is a vegetable gardener of moderate success, a lover of local music and is running out of bookshelf space in her house.

Reviews

Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami

Reviewed by Ingrid Josephine

Haruki Murakami’s new novel is unlike most of his previous works, which are strongly based in the metaphysical – strange events intersecting the everyday life of very ordinary characters are the norm…

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The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton

Reviewed by Ingrid Josephine

The Miniaturist sparked a bidding war at last year’s London Book Fair and resulted in a six-figure deal for Jessie Burton – not bad for a book rescued from a literary agent’s slush pile! Set in the D…

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Crazy Rich Asians by Kevin Kwan

Reviewed by Ingrid Josephine

Mostly set in present-day Singapore, Crazy Rich Asians follows three incredibly wealthy, inter-married Chinese families, and let me assure you, crazy rich is an understatement. The story focuses on R…

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Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald by Therese Anne Fowler

Reviewed by Ingrid Josephine

Z: A Novel of Zelda Fitzgerald is a fictionalised portrait of the woman who was married to the famous (or infamous) F. Scott Fitzgerald. It paints a far more realistic portrait of Zelda than Ernest H…

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A Tale for the Time Being by Ruth Ozeki

Reviewed by Ingrid Josephine

A Tale For the Time Being is an engrossing story that alternates between the diary of Nao, a suicidal 16-year-old teenage girl from Tokyo, and the musings of Ruth, a middle-aged novelist living in Ca…

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News

Home with Beci Orpin

by Ingrid Josephine

Recently, Readings Visual Merchandising talent Miranda La Fleur and I had the pleasure to actually, literally, be at home with Beci Orpin for a wonderful crafternoon to celebrate her new book, Home: 25 Amazing Projects for Your Home.

Hardie Grant organised a special hands-on workshop with Beci for a few booksellers and retail shops. As we gathered, gossiped and crafted around the kitchen table w…

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Five CDs To Play This Halloween

by Ingrid Josephine

Music lover Ingrid Josephine makes suggestions for some CDs to play this Halloween – a couple of which are perhaps not so much ‘scary’ as appropriately named.

***Halloween Classics* by the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra**

What better way to kick off this list than with ghoulish delights from the Greats such as Puccini’s ‘Witches’ Sabbath’, Chopin’s ‘Funeral March’, Mozart’s ‘The Statue Drags …

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