Jason Austin

Jason Austin is a buyer at Readings Carlton

Blog post — 28 Sep 2023

My year of horror (reading)

Readings Carlton bookseller Jason Austin decided to return to a genre he’d enjoyed as a young reader and exclusively read horror books in 2023. Here he shares the results of…

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Review — 3 Jul 2023

Bored Gay Werewolf by Tony Santorella

I had to read this book on title alone. I mean, who wouldn’t want to read a book called Bored Gay Werewolf? Seriously! I wasn’t disappointed.

Brian is a…

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Review — 10 Jan 2022

To Paradise by Hanya Yanagihara

This highly anticipated follow-up to 2015’s A Little Life is an epic tour de force. In fact, it’s impossible for me to praise To Paradise enough. Set in an alternative…

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Review — 1 Oct 2020

The Cold Millions by Jess Walter

The free speech fight of 1909 in Spokane, Washington, was a civil disobedience action staged by the Industrial Workers of the World, also known as Wobblies, under the charge of…

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Review — 6 Sep 2020

The Abstainer by Ian McGuire

In my reading life, there are a handful of writers whose next novel I anxiously await. In 2016, I read the rollicking, adventure-filled historical thriller The North Water. With…

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Review — 23 Sep 2019

Imaginary Friend by Stephen Chbosky

Twenty years ago Stephen Chbosky wrote a YA novel called The Perks of Being A Wallflower, which he made into a successful film in 2012. Be fairly warned, Imaginary

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Review — 19 Aug 2019

The Devil's Grip by Neal Drinnan

It was said that Darcy Wettenhall was the world’s foremost expert on the subject of Corriedale sheep. Stanbury, the stud that he owned and ran with his elderly cousin Janet…

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Review — 25 Mar 2019

Halibut on the Moon by David Vann

In Halibut on the Moon, David Vann revisits a theme that plays out in his staggeringly good debut short-story collection, Legend of A Suicide. Indeed it’s a subject…

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Review — 24 Jun 2018

Clock Dance by Anne Tyler

A few years ago, there was a rumour going around that there wouldn’t be any more stories from Anne Tyler. She was threatening to retire from writing – after fifty-plus…

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Review — 24 Sep 2017

Logical Family by Armistead Maupin

Armistead Maupin’s nine-volume Tales of the City chronicle is a cultural icon. Among other things, it’s the story of gay life in San Francisco from the late 1970s, through the…

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