Nicole Mansour

Nicole Mansour is a former Readings St Kilda bookseller

Review — 7 Feb 2013

Ways of Going Home by Alejandro Zambra

I remember, as a child, sitting at our kitchen bench one morning before school and feeling an earthquake. I remember feeling our apartment gently moving, the low rumble, the rattling…

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Review — 23 Jun 2013

All the Birds, Singing by Evie Wyld

Australian-born, London-based writer Evie Wyld was recently named as one of Granta’s Best of Young British Novelists for 2013, and her second novel, All the Birds, Singing, is already…

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Review — 2 Jun 2013

The Flamethrowers by Rachel Kushner

It’s possible that, in another life, I lived in New York, rode a motorcycle and was in love with an Italian artist. This would certainly explain why I find myself…

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Review — 29 Jul 2013

A Beautiful Truth by Colin McAdam

The blurred line between humans and animals is a familiar one, both in science and in literature. In his latest novel, Colin McAdam has vividly woven these worlds together with…

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Review — 29 Apr 2013

In the Memorial Room by Janet Frame

Given that the history of posthumous publishing has not always ended happily, one might be excused from feeling a sense of trepidation as they approach the latest release by New…

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Review — 1 Apr 2013

The God Argument by A.C. Grayling

In recent years, the debate between defenders and critics of religion has become acerbic, much like a quarrel between two bad-tempered people. In his latest book, A.C. Grayling sets out…

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Review — 13 Mar 2013

Clay by Melissa Harrison

Anyone who has ever lived in London will remember with pleasure, I should think, the exquisiteness of the city’s public gardens. From the stretches of commons and parks, to the…

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Review — 20 Aug 2012

Triburbia by Karl Taro Greenfeld

[[karl-taro]]Welcome to Triburbia. Well, Tribeca, actually. Karl Taro Greenfeld’s debut novel, set in New York’s trendy lower Manhattan district, is a clever, witty and no doubt thinly veiled chronicle of…

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Review — 23 Sep 2012

The Voyage by Murray Bail

[[murray-bail-sm]]Murray Bail is a storyteller. Perhaps not one in the conventional sense, but rather more like a narrator of fables and folktales cleverly fused together, a strange mixture of surrealism…

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Review — 3 Jun 2012

Dublinesque by Enrique Vila-Matas

[[Enrique_Vila-Matas]] Spanish born writer Enrique Vila-Matas is the master of the non-novel. Like his other translated work, in particular Bartleby & Co and Never Any End to Paris, his…

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