Samuel Zifchak

Samuel Zifchak works as a bookseller at Readings Carlton.


The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell

In his award-winning 2004 novel, Cloud Atlas, British author David Mitchell interwove six disparate stories to form a narrative tapestry, taking the reader on a journey from 1850 to a post-apocalypti…

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The Wonders by Paddy O’Reilly

The examination of celebrity culture is not new to Australian author Paddy O’Reilly. In her short story ‘Reality TV’ – recently published in The Great Unknown, an anthology edited by Angela Meyer – C…

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A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman

Meet Ove: a veritable stick in the mudslide of human advancement. Ove can’t tell the difference between an iPad and a computer, but he can fix a fan heater. Ove might pass judgement on anyone driving…

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Travelling Without Gods: A Chris Wallace-Crabbe Companion by Cassandra Atherton

In Travelling without Gods, Cassandra Atherton has assembled an impressive collection of articles, photo-graphs, journal entries and personal reflections that pay tribute to the life and work of Chri…

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Meatloaf in Manhattan by Robert Power

It seems that Dublin-born Robert Powers is no stranger to the theme of loss. Powers, now living in Australia, has created in Meatloaf in Manhattan a profound study of loss in all its forms, spanning …

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A Fairy Tale by Jonas Bengtsson

Do not let the title fool you: there are no fairies – kindly godmother types or otherwise – in Danish author Jonas T. Bengtsson’s third novel. It is a narrative that navigates through the shadows of …

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Meet the bookseller with Samuel Zifchak

by Samuel Zifchak

We chat with Samuel Zifchak about the magic of books, and exactly what makes a striking cover.

Why do you work in books?

Books have always been an instrumental part of my life. My grandfather was heavily involved in bookselling and both my parents are voracious readers. We used bookshelves for wallpaper. I would rarely raise my head from a book as a child. Books inspire me, entertain me and…

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