Bec Kavanagh

Bec Kavanagh is a former Readings Kids bookseller

Review — 27 Jan 2022

The Furies by Mandy Beaumont

In Mandy Beaumont’s debut novel, the vengeance of the mythological Greek Furies is wrought upon an Australian outback town. Cynthia – Cyn – was 16 when her younger sister, Mallory…

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Review — 29 Sep 2021

Bodies of Light by Jennifer Down

After being named a Sydney Morning Herald Best Young Australian Novelist two years running, it should come as no surprise that Jennifer Down has delivered another gem. But Bodies of

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Review — 1 Aug 2021

Dark as Last Night by Tony Birch

In Dark as Last Night, Tony Birch celebrates stubborn women and gentle men. Like the poem by Anne-Marie Te Whiu that lends the collection its title, these stories speak…

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Review — 28 Jun 2021

The Newcomer by Laura Elizabeth Woollett

When Judy Novak’s daughter, Paulina, doesn’t show up for lunch, it doesn’t mean anything but further frustration for Judy, who is used to her daughter’s failings. Later, after Judy hascalled…

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Review — 1 Jun 2021

Echolalia by Briohny Doyle

While Briohny Doyle’s second novel Echolalia is less overtly end-of-days than her first (The Island Will Sink), it still carries a sense of desolation that speaks to Doyle’s preoccupations with…

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Review — 30 Mar 2021

A Million Things by Emily Spurr

Emily Spurr’s A Million Things is an enthralling, devastating debut. Shortlisted for the Unpublished Manuscript Prize in the 2020 Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards, this is a story about love, family…

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Review — 1 Oct 2020

Grown by Tiffany D Jackson

In Grown, a book about a talented young singer whose big chance to succeed comes at a price, Tiffany D. Jackson reminds readers that the conflicting pressures we put…

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Review — 6 Sep 2020

Show Me Where It Hurts by Kylie Maslen

In Kylie Maslen’s generous debut collection of essays, Show Me Where It Hurts, she invites the reader into her experience of chronic pain. Hers, not anyone – or everyone…

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Review — 23 Feb 2020

The Dark Is Rising by Susan Cooper

Will Stanton is the seventh son of the seventh son, unaware that his life is about to change forever. As the snow falls, and Christmas approaches, Will begins to notice…

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Review — 21 Jul 2019

Welcome to Your Period by Yumi Stynes, Melissa Kang and Jennifer Latham

Yumi Stynes is right when she says that ‘ Dolly Doctor’ was once the only place to which you could turn for honest advice on bodies and your periods. Thankfully…

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