Julia Jackson

Julia Jackson is the assistant shop manager at Readings Carlton.


The Anarchy by William Dalrymple

Given the dastardly activities of some of our massive corporations of today, the antics contained within William Dalrymple’s latest offering shouldn’t really come as a huge shock to readers. I say th…

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Nobber by Oisín Fagan

The year is 1348, and it’s a deadly one. Quite literally. As with pretty much everywhere else, the Plague (or Black Death) has ravaged the Irish landscape, decimating the population. The survivors an…

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The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal

In this unusual, yet confidently written debut, Elizabeth Macneal transports the reader to London, 1851. The London of Charles Dickens, William Makepeace Thackeray and Wilkie Collins, where the finis…

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From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage by Judith Brett

Judith Brett’s latest offering, hot on the heels of her bestselling (and award-winning) biography of Alfred Deakin, is a tightly written history of Australia’s electoral system. Moreover, it reads li…

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The Dinosaur Artist by Paige Williams

Adapted and greatly expanded from her 2013 New Yorker article ‘Bones of Contention’, Paige Williams delves again, more deeply, into the heady and complex world of ‘commercial palaeontology’ and its i…

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A Spy in the Archives by Sheila Fitzpatrick

A Spy in the Archives, which began life as an essay in the London Review of Books in 2010, is a memoir rich in history as much as detail. Reading this book made me realise my own knowledge of Soviet …

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Skagboys by Irvine Welsh

1993 was the year in which Irvine Welsh was flung into the bestseller/cult realm with his debut, Trainspotting. Since then, he has continued to riff on ideas of masculinity, and other, bleaker, aspec…

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The Red House by Mark Haddon

Five red cars in a row or not, I knew it was a good day when I picked up the proof copy for The Red House, Mark Haddon’s third adult fiction book. I loved The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night

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