Joanna Di Mattia

Joanna Di Mattia works as a bookseller at Readings Carlton.

Reviews

Ohio by Stephen Markley

Reviewed by Joanna Di Mattia

In the post-9/11 era, foreign wars, financial meltdowns, diminishing opportunities, and increasing alienation have shaped the United States of America. A generation of young people have come of age i…

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Working Class Boy (DVD)

Reviewed by Joanna Di Mattia

‘Flame Trees’ is my favourite Cold Chisel song. I love its yearning; the way it coils into a melancholy, regretful tone. But for its vocalist, it’s not an easy song to sing. In Working Class Boy, Jim…

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Marina Abramović in Brazil: The Space in Between

Reviewed by Joanna Di Mattia

For over 40 years, Marina Abramović, the self-anointed ‘grandmother of performance art,’ has used her body to challenge audiences. In Marco Del Fiol’s film, Marina Abramović in Brazil: The Space in B

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Transcription by Kate Atkinson

Reviewed by Joanna Di Mattia

Kate Atkinson has a gift for blending fiction with historical detail. Life After Life (2013) and its companion, A God in Ruins (2015), are brilliant evocations of England, set predominantly during Wo…

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Warlight by Michael Ondaatje

Reviewed by Joanna Di Mattia

Warlight opens in the ruins of the London Blitz. It’s 1945, and fourteen-year-old Nathaniel, and his older sister Rachel, are left in the care of a shifty Dickensian figure they call ‘The Moth’ and a…

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News

The best DVDs of 2018

by Joanna Di Mattia

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 2018 here.) Call Me By Your Name

Northern Italy, 1983 – swimming, peaches, long summer days. Luca Guadagnino’s swoony adaptat…

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