Lian Hingee

Lian Hingee is Readings’ Digital Marketing Manager. She’s been working in books for twenty years

Reviews

The Furthest Station by Ben Aaronovitch

Reviewed by Lian Hingee

Ben Aaronovitch’s series of PC Grant novels are urban fantasies that somehow manage to combine the jaunty ‘ello, ‘ello, ‘ello of a traditional British police procedural with the rich mythology and hi…

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The Secret Science of Magic by Melissa Keil

Reviewed by Lian Hingee

Melissa Keil is one of the best new voices in Australian YA fiction. Her wonderful contemporary rom-coms are always populated with a brilliant cast of well-drawn characters, and The Secret Science of

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The Roanoke Girls by Amy Engel

Reviewed by Lian Hingee

The first adult novel from YA writer Amy Engel is an uneasy thriller set in the decaying grandeur of a rambling estate in Kansas. For three generations, the daughters of the Roanoke family have been …

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Norse Mythology by Neil Gaiman

Reviewed by Lian Hingee

Neil Gaiman is no stranger to Norse mythology. His award-winning novel American Gods features both Odin and Loki as well as the legend of the World Tree, transplanted into the modern world. In Norse

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Our Chemical Hearts by Krystal Sutherland

Reviewed by Lian Hingee

There’s already quite a bit of buzz about Krystal Sutherland’s debut novel, with comparisons being drawn to John Green and Rainbow Rowell and a movie already in the works. It’s a big vote of confiden…

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The Wonder by Emma Donoghue

Reviewed by Lian Hingee

Emma Donoghue is best known as the author of the Booker Prize-nominated novel, Room, which was adapted to become one of the most critically acclaimed films of 2015. In The Wonder she goes back a hund…

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The Trespasser by Tana French

Reviewed by Lian Hingee

The wonderful thing about Tana French’s Dublin Murder Squad series is that they’re all excellent, but all very different at the same time. Each book has enough familiarity to allow you to slip effort…

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Vinegar Girl by Anne Tyler

Reviewed by Lian Hingee

Shakespeare’s comedy, The Taming of the Shrew, is one of the more problematic stories for a modern reader, so I was interested to see how Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Anne Tyler addressed the deep…

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Shrill by Lindy West

Reviewed by Lian Hingee

You might not be familiar with Lindy West’s name, but if you have even a passing familiarity with the internet you’re probably acquainted with her writing. Her eminently shareable columns deal with t…

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Fellside by M.R. Carey

Reviewed by Lian Hingee

When Jess Moulson is found guilty of the murder of a young boy named Alex, she’s sentenced to spend the rest of her life within the walls of Fellside, a state-of-the-art, maximum security prison perc…

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Mary Poppins by P.L. Travers

Reviewed by Lian Hingee

Like a lot of kids, my first experience of Mary Poppins was of the spit-spot, spoonful-of-sugar, supercalifragilisticexpialidocious variety. I watched the Disney musical religiously, and was infatuat…

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Iris and the Tiger by Leanne Hall

Reviewed by Lian Hingee

Iris and the Tiger has all the hallmarks of a classic children’s novel – a reclusive relative, a labyrinthine house peopled with mysterious characters, secrets, quests, and impossible creatures, but …

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News

Start your year with some feminist sci-fi

by Lian Hingee

Get inspired this year with one of these kick-ass book recommendations from our digital marketing manager, Lian Hingee. The Power by Naomi Alderman

Naomi Alderman’s brilliant novel about the corrosive nature of power took home the 2017 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction. Set in a not-too-distant future where young women have evolved the ability generate and conduct electricity through their …

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Sweet DIY gift ideas for Christmas

by Lian Hingee

It’s always wonderful to receive a handmade gift for Christmas, and if you’re planning to wrap up some home-made pressies for under the tree this year it’s definitely not too soon to start planning. Our range of craft books offer inspiration, tips and techniques for everything from knitting and sewing to woodworking and even taxidermy (if that’s your thing). Find some of our favourites below. …

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Books to inspire you during NaNoWriMo

by Lian Hingee

NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) kicks off on November 1. If you’re planning to get involved here are some suggestions for novels to inspire you. I Capture the Castle by Dodie Smith

Dodie Smith’s magnificent first novel tells the story of Cassandra Mortmain whose family is teetering on the edge of poverty. Living in a dilapidated castle and surrounded by unhelpfully eccentric family…

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Strong female characters who embrace their femininity

by Lian Hingee

The ‘strong female character’ trope is a familiar one. Ass-kicking, gun-toting, take-no-prisoners women like Ripley from Alien or Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games trilogy tend to be where our minds go when we hear the phrase: strong female character.

While characters like Ripley and Katniss are examples of this character type at its best, this trope has also led to characters who are borin…

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A passive aggressive gift guide for Father’s Day

by Lian Hingee

Socks and ties are all very nice, but if you want to give a gift with layers upon layers of hidden meaning here’s a guide to some of our best passive agressive recommendations for Father’s Day this year. For the Dad that needs to embrace his bald noggin (coughPrinceWilliamcough)…

Illustrated throughout with pictures of 70 real-life and pop-culture icons from Captain Picard to William Shakes…

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Feminist memoirs from young women

by Lian Hingee

No Way! Okay, Fine by Brodie Lancaster

No Way! Okay, Fine, by young Melbourne writer Brodie Lancaster, was shortlisted for the Richell Prize for Emerging Writers. This witty and whip-smart memoir blends pop culture and feminism in the style of Roxane Gay’s Bad Feminist or Lena Dunham’s Not That Kind of Girl. Our reviewer says that Lancaster speaks honestly to the experience of being a young, m…

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