Hilary Simmons

Hilary Simmons works as a bookseller at Readings at the State Library Victoria, and as part of the Readings events team.

Reviews

How to Fall in Love with Anyone by Mandy Len Catron

Reviewed by Hilary Simmons

A couple of years ago, an essay was published in the New York Times under the undeniably compelling headline, ‘To Fall in Love with Anyone, Do This’. It outlined 36 questions supposed to spark intima…

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The Party by Elizabeth Day

Reviewed by Hilary Simmons

Usually when you read a book, you make up your mind about the main character fairly quickly, or at least about whether they’re basically good or bad. But that’s not the case in this book. Martin Gilm…

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Conversations with Friends by Sally Rooney

Reviewed by Hilary Simmons

From the second Frances walks into Melissa’s and Nick’s house, she notices signs of wealth, from a dark wooden bowl filled with ripe fruit to a Modigliani print hanging over the staircase. ‘Rich peop…

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The Gulf by Anna Spargo-Ryan

Reviewed by Hilary Simmons

This is a book that tears your heart out. At times you may even stop reading, and flinch, as if the words on the page could physically hurt you. Yet, for all that, it is lucid and contained. Anna Spa…

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Based on a True Story by Delphine de Vigan

Reviewed by Hilary Simmons

Already a runaway bestseller in its native France, Based on a True Story is unlike anything else you are likely to read this year. A taut, ferocious psychological thriller, it combines the masterful …

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Rebellious Daughters edited by Maria Katsonis and Lee Kofman

Reviewed by Hilary Simmons

I firmly believe that short story collections are not meant to be read from front cover to back cover – they’re meant to be dipped in and out of at leisure; randomly flicked through until a particula…

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The Long Run by Catriona Menzies-Pike

Reviewed by Hilary Simmons

Catriona Menzies-Pike came late to running. Until she turned 30, she was known to friends and family as the person ‘least likely to run around the block’; a gin-addled bookworm who rolled her eyes at…

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