Sharon Peterson

Sharon Peterson is a former Readings St Kilda bookseller and manager

Review — 24 Oct 2021

The Last Woman in the World by Inga Simpson

I’ve been a fan of Inga Simpson’s writing ever since I read and reviewed her 2016 novel Where the Trees Were. The natural world always features heavily in her…

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Review — 3 Oct 2021

Oh William! by Elizabeth Strout

For me, a new Elizabeth Strout novel is always cause for excitement – she is, after all, one of my favourite authors. Strout has written several novels, including the Pulitzer…

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Review — 22 Apr 2019

Bodies of Men by Nigel Featherstone

We all know that we shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, but how often do we find ourselves doing exactly that? When I first saw Bodies of Men

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Review — 19 Aug 2018

The Helpline by Katherine Collette

Earlier this year I attended a bookseller’s conference, where, in one session, two authors had to present a Gruen-like pitch for their forthcoming novels. The winner was Melbourne-based author Katherine…

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Review — 22 Jul 2018

The Book of Ordinary People by Claire Varley

Set in the northern suburbs of Melbourne, The Book of Ordinary People by Claire Varley is simply, as the title suggests, a book about ordinary people. It follows the separate…

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Review — 23 Sep 2018

Nine Perfect Strangers by Liane Moriarty

I have sold hundreds of Liane Moriarty books in my time at Readings, but I hadn’t read one myself until a friend suggested I read Truly, Madly, Guilty. I…

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Blog post — 30 Apr 2018

Meet the bookseller with Sharon Peterson

After working as the assistant manager at Readings Carlton for almost 10 years, Sharon Peterson has recently moved into the role of shop manager at Readings St Kilda. We chat…

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Review — 26 Apr 2017

New Boy by Tracy Chevalier

In October 2015, the Hogarth Shakespeare project was launched, with the idea that the most acclaimed and bestselling novelists of the day would retell the works of Shakespeare. New Boy

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Review — 26 Mar 2018

Macbeth by Jo Nesbo

Crime fiction and thrillers aren’t my preferred reading, so I’ve never been tempted to read a Jo Nesbo novel before. This would no doubt have remained the case had I…

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Review — 28 Jan 2018

Ali's Wedding

I go to the cinema quite regularly, but for some reason I overlooked Ali’s Wedding. I probably wouldn’t have picked it up on DVD either, except that I agreed…

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