Michael McLoughlin

Michael McLoughlin works as a bookseller at Readings Carlton.

Reviews

Who’s Minding the Farm? In this climate emergency by Patrice Newell

Reviewed by Michael McLoughlin

Let’s face facts: industrial agriculture is about to come to a grinding halt. We know well what overgrazing and inappropriate crops have done to Australian soils: erosion, salinity, drought and flood…

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City of Trees by Sophie Cunningham

Reviewed by Michael McLoughlin

Sophie Cunningham has written a collection of travel writing that grapples with the destructive nature of tourism. Or is it nature writing that never forgets its place within the machine that threate…

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Fusion by Kate Richards

Reviewed by Michael McLoughlin

Conjoined twins Sea and Serene live in an isolated shack in the Australian Alps with Wren, the young man who cares for them. Up among the snow gums they grow their own vegetables and ferment their ow…

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Red Birds by Mohammed Hanif

Reviewed by Michael McLoughlin

Major Ellie crashes his sixty-five-million dollar jet in the desert near the refugee camp he was supposed to bomb. It’s not really a high priority target, but Ellie was thrown a bone by his commander…

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Out of the Forest by Gregory P. Smith

Reviewed by Michael McLoughlin

Gregory P. Smith was born into a life of violence. At home he was a witness to, and a victim of, his alcoholic father’s physical abuse, and his speed-addled mother’s vicious criticism. Before long, h…

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The Word for Woman is Wilderness by Abi Andrews

Reviewed by Michael McLoughlin

Erin, 19, goes on a solo journey across the world to live alone in the Alaskan wilderness à la Christopher McCandless, or Henry David Thoreau. Or Jack London. And Bear Grylls is doing it too … In fac…

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Soon by Lois Murphy

Reviewed by Michael McLoughlin

A fleet of forebodingly official-looking vehicles arrives one winter solstice in the West Australian town of Nebulah. The vehicles disappear as mysteriously as they appeared, and with them go the bir…

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