What We’re Reading: Sedgwick, Ziffer, Campbell and Morris

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films and TV shows we’re watching, and the music we’re listening to.


Mike Shuttleworth is reading Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black by Marcus Sedgwick, Julian Sedgwick and Alexis Deacon

I’m squeezing in Voyages in the Underworld of Orpheus Black, an illustrated novel for teenagers by brothers Marcus and Julian Sedgwick. Fittingly, it’s a dual narrative told by Harry, a young conscientious objector, whose brother Ellis has disappeared following a massive bomb falling on a pub during the London blitz. Chiming in with Harry’s search is the poet Orpheus, literally a Greek chorus. Mood-enhancing illustration by the vastly under-appreciated Alexis Deacon adds texture and detail to this tale of loyalty, courage and the redemptive power of art.


Julia Jackson is reading A Wunch of Bankers by Daniel Ziffer

Probably the frontrunner for an award for Best Title of the Year 2019, this book follows Daniel Ziffer’s experience covering the banking royal commission. It’s witty and accessible to non-banker types, and he sensitively tackles the personal stories, of those whose lives and livelihoods have been damaged through misconduct and shoddy practices. Those skewered by Hayne, Orr and other counsels assisting during the Royal Commission don’t get off lightly here either!


Giselle Au-Nhien Nguyen is reading Nailed It! by Mel Campbell and Anthony Morris

From the authors of The Hot Guy comes this hilarious story of romance and reality TV. Can true love survive beyond the cameras? A clever, addictive read for those who like their rom-coms sassy.

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A Wunch of Bankers

A Wunch of Bankers

Daniel Ziffer

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