Jason Austin

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Jason Austin is a buyer and bookseller at Readings Carlton. An avid painter, Scrabble player and reader, he enjoys long walks with nothing but the company of an iPod full of podcasts.

Reviews

The Days of Anna Madrigal by Armistead Maupin

Reviewed by Jason Austin

Armistead Maupin began writing Tales of the City as instalments for a San Francisco newspaper in the seventies. Nearly four decades later, The Days of Anna Madrigal, which is his ninth book in the se…

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Goat Mountain by David Vann

Reviewed by Jason Austin

Goat Mountain is a ride of a novel. It’s dark, brooding, violent, powerful and brilliant because David Vann knows how to place the reader right alongside his characters, whether we want to be there o…

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The White Mountains by John Christopher

Reviewed by Jason Austin

As a kid I found reading a struggle, but I can honestly say that a trilogy turned that around for me. In 1983, as an eleven-year-old, I read the first book in the Tripods trilogy – The White Mountain

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Dirt by David Vann

Reviewed by Jason Austin, Readings Carlton

David Vann’s latest offering is not for the faint-hearted and is definitely an ‘adult only’ read. Dirt explores the life of a young man trying to find his path in a female-dominated world. As with hi…

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The Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler

Reviewed by Jason Austin, Readings Carlton

Many people my age have been put off by the novels of Anne Tyler as Dinner at the Homesick Restaurant was set as high-school required reading in the 80s. This is not to say that the aforementioned no…

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News

Q&A with Anna George

by Jason Austin

Jason Austin talks with Anna George about her new novel, What Came Before.

What Came Before begins with David’s confession that he’s killed his wife Elle. As the story progresses, we learn not only what came before that event, but what came before the couple met and how their once passionate relationship fell apart. David, in particular is a very charming, yet very troubled character. Was it h…

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What I loved: In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

by Jason Austin

Jason Austin shares with us a book he loved for our new ‘What I Loved’ series.

About ten years ago I was stuck for something to read. You might think it strange that a bookseller was bereft of reading material, but, like most, we too have those moments where nothing piques our interest.

It was at the back of one of my bookshelves that I found a bruised copy of In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.…

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Q&A with David Vann, author of Dirt

by Jason Austin, Readings Carlton

Jason Austin of Readings Carlton chats to David Vann about his latest novel.

Your first two novels – Legend of a Suicide and Caribou Island – are set in Alaska and your new novel, Dirt, is set in the Sacramento region of California. How do you find that you are able to evoke such a strong sense of place in your writing?

My family hunted on the same ranch every year, and as we walked throug…

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