Jemima Bucknell

Jemima Bucknell is our Online Fulfilment Manager.

Reviews

A Deeper Understanding by The War On Drugs

Reviewed by Jemima Bucknell

A Deeper Understanding is the fourth LP from Philadelphia sextet The War on Drugs, who prove again that they are artists of art-rock atmosphere. This album has been previewed largely via live studio …

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Humanz by Gorillaz

Reviewed by Jemima Bucknell

Gorillaz are back with Humanz, an album loaded with diverse and plentiful guests to further shape the unique audio-verse they’ve been building since 2001. A more frenetic and energetic turn to cruisi…

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Ironbark by The Waifs

Reviewed by Jemima Bucknell

Celebrating 25 years of The Waifs, their latest, Ironbark, is one of their recent best. In fact, it is very difficult to pick a favourite track on this double album.

As a consistent representative o…

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Inspector Montalbano: Volume 7

Reviewed by Jemima Bucknell

Luca Zingaretti returns as the grumpy and fantastic Inspector Salvo Montalbano for a final season in sun-drenched Sicily. Volume 7 comprises two films, and Volume 8 will follow with two more this yea…

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I See You by The xx

Reviewed by Jemima Bucknell

Almost five years since the release of their sophomore album, Coexist, The XX are back with I See You. It’s their most experimental output yet it loses nothing of what we may now acknowledge as their…

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The Night of: Season 1

Reviewed by Jemima Bucknell

Nasir Khan is an economics student of Iranian heritage who has been caught up in a murder mystery, of which he is the prime suspect, at a thankless time for Muslims in New York City. Arrested for a c…

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Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Reviewed by Jemima Bucknell

Hunt for the Wilderpeople is the fourth feature by Kiwi writer–director Taika Waititi (Eagle vs. Shark, Boy, What We Do in the Shadows). Ricky Baker is one foster house away from a juvenile detention…

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Golden Sings That Have Been Sung by Ryley Walker

Reviewed by Jemima Bucknell

Ryley Walker’s Golden Sings That Have Been Sung is the follow-up album to 2015’s Primrose Green, and his third studio album, released at the age of 27, suggests the early years of a prolific artist t…

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Kidsticks by Beth Orton

Reviewed by Jemima Bucknell

Beth Orton’s latest album, Kidsticks, is a co-production by Orton and Fuck Buttons’ Andrew Hung, mixed by folk–synth veteran David Wrench. I think folk–synth–pop is as close as I can get to describin…

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Youth by Paolo Sorrentino

Reviewed by Jemima Bucknell

In Paolo Sorrentino’s Youth, Michael Caine plays Fred Ballinger, a retired composer holidaying at a mountain resort in the Swiss Alps. He is joined by his daughter, Lena (the inimitable Rachel Weisz)…

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The Sympathizer by Viet Thanh Nguyen

Reviewed by Jemima Bucknell

The Sympathizer is the debut novel from Professor Viet Thanh Nguyen. Told through the recollections of an un-named communist spy, who doubles as a trusted lieutenant to a South Vietnamese General, it…

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The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine by Krissy Kneen

Reviewed by Jemima Bucknell

Krissy Kneen, at the beginning of her book, The Adventures of Holly White and the Incredible Sex Machine, has us watching Brisbane rich girl, Holly, concealed in darkness, spying on two strangers hoo…

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Hausfrau by Jill Alexander Essbaum

Reviewed by Jemima Bucknell

From acclaimed poet Jill Alexander Essbaum comes this debut novel, Hausfrau. She brings with it her poetic inclinations: passages are fleeting, moving through past and present, but measured and curat…

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The Best 100 Poems of Gwen Harwood

Reviewed by Jemima Bucknell

One would think it difficult to distil a legacy such as Gwen Harwood’s, but here Black Inc. have published an elegant and concise volume of her poetry curated by her son, author and poet John Harwood…

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The best DVDs of 2016

by Jemima Bucknell

Every year our staff vote for their favourite books, albums, films and TV shows of the past 12 months. Here are our top 10 DVDs of the year, voted for by Readings' staff, and displayed in no particular order. (You can find all our best picks for books, CDs & DVDs of 2016 here.) Hunt for the Wilderpeople

Taika Waititi’s latest and greatest is a must see for laughs and tears. It follows youn…

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