Ele Jenkins

Ele Jenkins works as a bookseller for Readings Carlton.


Underground: Marsupial Outlaws and Other Rebels of Australia’s War in Vietnam by Mirranda Burton

It’s the 1960s, and the Australian government has begun conscripting young men to fight in Vietnam. Melbourne housewife Jean McLean and her friends, the Pughs, are determined to protest the draft, an…

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The Secret to Superhuman Strength by Alison Bechdel

Alison Bechdel must be the graphic novelist with the richest density of ideas-per-square- inch; no blurb could do justice to the wide-ranging subject matter of her new book, The Secret to Superhuman

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Still Alive: Notes from Australia’s Immigration Detention System by Safdar Ahmed

It is difficult to find the right words when you want to recommend a book that made you feel sick with rage. So I will start by telling you how important it is that this book exists, in spite of all …

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Hummingbird Salamander by Jeff VanderMeer

‘Jane Smith’ is a security consultant wary of search engines, who mistrusts all her colleagues, has disabled her smart-fridge as a privacy precaution, and keeps an emergency ‘go-bag’ in her gym locke…

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Wild Nature by John Blay

This year of staying at home has made me ravenous for the wild places I can’t visit, and John Blay’s new book is a balm for this frustrated urge. Blay is a naturalist, best known for his exploration …

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Little Eyes by Samanta Schweblin

Several friends have remarked ‘But that sounds like an episode of Black Mirror!’ when I have explained the premise of this book, which is: people around the world are buying kentukis, the latest tech…

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The City We Became by N.K. Jemisin

The idea that places or cities might have their own unique personalities or ‘souls’ is a theme with a long history, stretching as far back as the Ancient Roman notion of ‘genius loci’. Many urban fan…

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Braised Pork by An Yu

Wu Jia Jia is abruptly widowed in her early thirties when her husband inexplicably drowns in the bath. Cast adrift with little money and even less sense of direction, she is haunted by the sketch her…

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The Raven Tower by Ann Leckie

For the people of Iraden, faith in the gods is a highly transactional and complex affair. Any prodigy of nature – be it a meteorite or a recurring swarm of insects – can take on awareness and power i…

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Provenance by Ann Leckie

The nervous foster-daughter of a high-ranking politician sells everything she owns to break a notorious thief out of prison, hoping to win favour with her ambitious mother and humiliate her conniving…

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October by China Miéville

What’s the difference between a Bolshevik and a Menshevik? And why, 100 years on from the Russian Revolution, should any of us care? If you’re wondering, then China Miéville has written this book for…

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Rush Oh! by Shirley Barrett

Mary Davidson is the eldest daughter of a whaling family living in Eden on the rugged south coast of New South Wales. In Rush Oh!, she narrates her family’s tumultuous experiences during the whaling …

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Why you should read Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch trilogy

by Ele Jenkins

I’ve just devoured Ancillary Mercy, the third instalment in Ann Leckie’s Imperial Radch trilogy, and I recommend you all stop what you’re doing and pick up the first book of the series.

A civil war lies at the heart of the story, but it is not one waged between citizens of the same country. Rather, it is fought between the many selves of a single entity. If that sounds vague, it’s because it’s h…

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