Joe Rubbo

Joe Rubbo is the shop manager at Readings Carlton.

Reviews

The Nickel Boys by Colson Whitehead

Reviewed by Joe Rubbo

Colson Whitehead’s first novel since his Pulitzer prize-winning The Underground Railroad, The Nickel Boys is historical fiction. Whitehead based the setting on the Dozier School for Boys and drew on …

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Don’t Skip Out On Me by Willy Vlautin

Reviewed by Joe Rubbo

Willy Vlautin is one of those dependable writers who has staked out his territory and is sticking to it. He writes about characters on the American fringe. People who are fighting a losing game again…

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Stoner: A Novel by John Williams

Reviewed by Joe Rubbo

Stoner’s recent appearance on bestseller lists the world over has to be one of the stranger stories in publishing. First published in 1965, the work was a modest critical and commercial success, sell…

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& Sons

Reviewed by Joe Rubbo

David Gilbert’s second novel, & Sons, begins with a funeral. Charlie Topping, father of the book’s narrator Phillip Topping, has died. New York’s elite have turned out to witness the ceremony, many j…

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Eyrie by Tim Winton

Reviewed by Joe Rubbo

Tom Keely, the hero of Tim Winton’s latest novel, is a fallen man. We meet him after a night ‘getting off his chops on the fruit of the Barossa’ and an unhealthy dose of prescription meds. The recent…

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American Dream Machine by Matthew Specktor

Reviewed by Joe Rubbo

At the beginning of Matthew Specktor’s second novel, American Dream Machine, a young Beau Rosenwald is given a copy of Coriolanus and some parting words of advice from his mentor: ‘The story of one b…

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News

Meet the bookseller with Joe Rubbo

by Joe Rubbo

Joe Rubbo has worked on and off at Readings over the past 13 years, and is the son of our managing director, Mark Rubbo. The former manager at Readings Doncaster, he now manages our Carlton shop. Here, we chat with Joe about his favourite recent reads, and what happens in bookshops between 9pm and 11pm. Why did you decide to work in books?

I started out at the Hawthorn shop, a part-time job w…

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What I Loved: Jesus' Son

by Joe Rubbo

A few years ago I was listening my way through the New Yorker fiction podcasts – a new discovery to me at the time – when I came across Denis Johnson’s short story, ‘Emergency’, read by Tobias Wolff (if this recommendation doesn’t spur you on to buy the book, at least go online and listen to Wolff’s wonderful reading of an American classic). I listened to the story twice. A couple of weeks later …

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