Deborah Crabtree

Deborah Crabtree is a bookseller at Readings Carlton.


My Rock ‘n’ Roll Friend by Tracey Thorn

In 1983, backstage at the Lyceum in London a young and terrified Tracey Thorn was grappling with insecurity and inexperience. With her band on the verge of breaking up, Thorn was close to tears when …

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Crossings by Alex Landragin

In the opening pages of Alex Landragin’s debut novel, Crossings, the reader is immediately made aware that this is no ordinary tale. The first two sentences read: ‘I didn’t write this book. I stole i…

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Through the Night by Ed Moreno & Caio Fernando Abreu

In 1990 Ed Moreno was given a death sentence: at just 25 years of age he tested HIV positive and doctors gave him five years to live, at best. Almost thirty years later, with the help of antiretrovir…

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The New Jerusalem by Patti Smith

When Nexus Institute founder Rob Riemen wrote Patti Smith a letter of admiration, he also sent her a book he had written and an invitation to take part in a Nexus Symposium on ‘New York countercultur…

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Dancing Home by Paul Collis

Fresh out of prison and driven by a hunger for drugs, revenge, and a hankering to reconnect with his grandmother’s country, Blackie embarks on a road trip back to Wiradjuri country. Along for the rid…

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City of Crows by Chris Womersley

It was during the reign of King Louis XIV that the Affair of the Poisons transpired, scandalising seventeenth-century France. Many members of the aristocracy were implicated, hundreds of people were …

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Wimmera by Mark Brandi

Set in small-town Australia in the 1980s, Wimmera is the story of two boyhood friends, Fab and Ben, presented in three parts. Part one is told in schoolboy Ben’s voice: long, hot days of camping, yab…

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The Turner House by Angela Flournoy

From the opening line of The Turner House, Flournoy had me hooked. Something odd, mysterious and mythical happens one night in 1958 to Cha-Cha, the eldest of the thirteen Turner children: a haint gra…

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Slade House by David Mitchell

Slade House came into being on twitter. A short 280-tweet story formed and from there Mitchell found his way into his latest novel. Slade House is a short novel and could be read as a collection of s…

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The Book of Strange New Things by Michel Faber

Peter, a man of faith, is sent on a mission to share the Bible and its teachings with an alien race of beings. Beatrice, his wife, must stay behind in a world that is rapidly unravelling. This is, in…

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Love and Treasure by Ayelet Waldman

An art nouveau style pendant, a peacock in hues of purple, green and white, is central to Love and Treasure, the latest novel by Ayelet Waldman. This simple device, a piece of jewellery, acts to carr…

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The Visitors by Rebecca Mascull

The ghost story has been rattling the chains of literary history for centuries, with the likes of Shakespeare, Dickens, Poe, and Henry James (among many others) all experimenting with the subject – R…

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Inside a Pearl: My Years in Paris by Edmund White

Writers writing in Paris – Genet, Proust and Rimbaud – are who attracted me to Inside a Pearl and while touched upon they appear infrequently within the pages of the latest memoir by Edmund White. A…

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Dead Interviews edited by Dan Crowe

The idea of talking with the dead as a form of literary conceit has been with us for centuries. Dan Crowe proffers Dialogues of the Dead by Lucian of Samosata (c.125–80) as the first evidence of this…

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The Crane Wife by Patrick Ness

Myths, folk and fairytales don’t always lend themselves well to renovation, yet they frequently inspire authors to put their own mark on a well-read story, twisting the conventions into a modern rete…

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Deb’s isolation blues recommendations

by Deborah Crabtree

Deborah Crabtree is a bookseller at our Carlton shop, as well as the co-host of our crime books focussed podcast, Good Cop Bad Cop. Here, she shares what she’s reading during self-isolation.

As life in isolation is set to become the new normal for a while – I’ve been doing it for several weeks now - one thing it offers is a lot of down time, some writing and a whole lot of reading. As I can’t …

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