Elke Power

Elke Power is the editor of Readings Monthly.

Reviews

The Heart’s Invisible Furies by John Boyne

Reviewed by Elke Power

The Heart’s Invisible Furies opens with Catherine Goggin being publicly shamed and violently thrown out of her church and country town in Cork. As she is hurled out the door she’s given a kicking by …

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The Good People by Hannah Kent

Reviewed by Elke Power

Hannah Kent’s second novel, The Good People, is based on a true story, as was her bestselling and much-lauded debut novel, Burial Rites. Both are engrossing works of historical fiction that bring to …

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Their Brilliant Careers by Ryan O'Neill

Reviewed by Elke Power

In Their Brilliant Careers, Ryan O’Neill combines conventions of biography and short story in an exhaustively brazen blend of Australian literary history and plausible yet gloriously bonkers inventio…

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Everyone Brave is Forgiven by Chris Cleave

Reviewed by Elke Power

Set in England, France and Malta during World War II, Chris Cleave’s Everyone Brave is Forgiven introduces four likeable, amusing characters and puts them through hell.

Mary is a socialite turned t…

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The Nest by Cynthia D'Aprix Sweeney

Reviewed by Elke Power

Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney’s debut novel is an entertaining tale that follows the unravelling of the Plumb family’s best-laid plans when the siblings’ long-awaited financial parachute, aka ‘the Nest’, i…

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Utopia: Season 2

Reviewed by Elke Power

If you watched the first season of Utopia, you probably have high expectations for the second. If you haven’t seen the show before, but are familiar with the uncannily accurate and hilarious 90s news…

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Relativity by Antonia Hayes

Reviewed by Elke Power

Panic, like pain, is hard to remember after it passes. Hayes pulls you into the moment like you’ve unexpectedly pin-dropped through Antarctic ice. Having seized your attention, she then introduces th…

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Gut by Giulia Enders

Reviewed by Elke Power

Anyone who enjoyed Norman Doidge’s bestselling The Brain That Changes Itself will find much to appreciate in Gut: The Inside Story of Our Body’s Most Under-Rated Organ. While these two organs may not…

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News

Exciting new releases in March

by Elke Power

We were impressed and profoundly moved by our book of the month, They Cannot Take the Sky, a project from Behind the Wire. Our reviewer urges all Australians to read it; you can begin by reading the review here.

There’s plenty to choose from in politics this month, and in Australian studies you can’t go past The Family by Chris Johnston and Rosie Jones, which looks at the notorious Melbourne cul…

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The most anticipated books of 2017

by Elke Power

Another year, another bounty of books! To cover every book the Readings team is excited about would be impossible, but here is a sample of the books we are looking forward to in 2017. International fiction

Several much-loved authors return after long breaks with new novels: Paul Auster’s 4 3 2 1 is his first novel in seven years (Faber & Faber, February). Arundhati Roy also returns with The

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Elke Power interviews Jennifer Down

by Elke Power

Readings Monthly editor Elke Power talks with Jennifer Down about her debut novel, Our Magic Hour.

Those of us at Readings who have been fortunate enough to read Jennifer Down’s debut novel, Our Magic Hour, have struggled with fears that anything we say or write about this outstanding book will be dismissed as hyperbole. Admittedly, we are not the first to recognise Down’s talent. Down won th…

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A note from our Readings Monthly editor

by Elke Power


Download a PDF of the latest issue here. You can also pick up a free copy from our shops.

We will miss Martin Shaw when we wave him and his family on their way to their new adventure in Germany, but as oceans are no barrier to flurries of emails about new book discoveries, we will be saying bon voyage to Martin, not goodbye. We are excited to welcome Alison Huber to the role of head book buye…

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Elke Power interviews Antonia Hayes

by Elke Power

Antonia Hayes talks with Elke Power about relative truth and her debut novel, Relativity.

EP: Your debut novel, Relativity, has been likened to A Beautiful Mind and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time. However, it seems likely that another comparison will be hard to avoid, and that is between Relativity and Christos Tsiolkas’ award-winning, bestselling novel The Slap. Without wan…

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A note from our Readings Monthly editor

by Elke Power

It is always exciting when reviews begin to arrive for a new issue of the Readings Monthly. Volunteers to review Lisa Gorton’s first novel, The Life of Houses, for the April issue were numerous and swift. Readings Managing Director Mark Rubbo was the first to put his hand up by mere seconds and his review has reassured me that hype won’t be the agent of disappointment with this much-anticipated b…

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