Sharon Peterson

Sharon Peterson is the shop manager at Readings St Kilda.

Reviews

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, I thought it looked like a blokey war story, which is n…

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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 was instantly hooked! Like all Moriarty fans,…

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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 Kather…

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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 stories of five strange…

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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 not been curious to see how he wo…

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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 to do our DVD buyer a favour and write th…

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The Whole Bright Year by Debra Oswald

Debra Oswald has been writing since she was a teenager and is perhaps best known for her scriptwriting for both stage and screen (she is the creator and main writer of the TV series Offspring). In 20…

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Ache by Eliza Henry-Jones

Eliza Henry-Jones signed a three-book deal with Harper Collins, making her debut novel, In the Quiet, a much anticipated release in 2015. It even made it onto the shortlist for our very own Readings …

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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 by Tracy Cheva…

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The Starlings by Vivienne Kelly

Set in 1985, The Starlings, by Vivienne Kelly, is the story of a family falling apart, as seen through the eyes of its youngest member, Nicky. It begins with Nicky’s eighth birthday, which his parent…

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Barracuda (Mini-series)

A few years ago, I was given a proof copy of what was then Christos Tsiolkas’s latest novel, Barracuda. I found myself soengrossed in the story that I couldn’t put it down and I ended up spending a w…

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Where the Trees Were by Inga Simpson

Our head book buyer, Alison, handed me a copy of Inga Simpson’s latest novel, Where the Trees Were, and said, ‘You have to read this, I know you’ll love it.’ How right she was! Alison and I share a l…

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The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks

Geraldine Brooks would have to be one of my all time favourite authors. I’ve read all four of her previous novels and thoroughly enjoyed each of them. When I started reading her latest novel, The Sec

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Salt Creek by Lucy Treloar

I have spent a number of family camping trips in the Coorong, a distinctive landscape south-east of Adelaide, that spans more than 130 kilometres of the South Australian coastline. No wonder I was at…

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Early Warning by Jane Smiley

Last year I had the privilege to review Some Luck by Jane Smiley, the first book in her Last Hundred Years trilogy. I enjoyed it so much, I’ve been eagerly awaiting her second instalment ever since. …

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Adeline by Norah Vincent

The wonderful thing about reading books is that they often lead to the discovery, or re-discovery, of a whole world of other books. This is certainly the case with Adeline, by Norah Vincent, a lovel…

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I Refuse by Per Petterson

I’ve been curious about Per Petterson, who almost shares my surname, since I noticed his novels on the shelf when I first started work at Readings. Six years later, and having just read his latest no…

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Gardening with Soul

‘You like gardening – review this,’ so said the Readings DVD buyer. Yes, I do like gardening, though I’m not a keen documentary watcher. But my protests fell on deaf ears and I found myself spending …

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Some Luck by Jane Smiley

Some Luck may be Jane Smiley’s fourteenth novel, but it’s the first work I’ve read of hers and, I have to say, it’s left me wanting to read more! Set in Iowa, in America’s Midwest, the novel follows …

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We Are Not Ourselves by Matthew Thomas

We Are Not Ourselves, Michael Thomas’s debut novel, caused quite a stir at the London Book Fair last year, sparking a bidding war between UK and US publishers for the rights. There was much competit…

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Downton Abbey: Season 4

Julian Fellowes has, as Hugh Bonneville puts it, ‘pulled a rabbit out of a hat’ and produced what must be my favourite season of Downton Abbey so far. While some of the acting can be criticised (I’m …

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Frog Music by Emma Donoghue

In 2011, Emma Donoghue is reported to have said her next novel would be based on the ‘true story of a murdered nineteenth-century cross-dressing frog catcher’. While this is exactly what Donoghue del…

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The Invention of Wings by Sue Monk Kidd

Having read Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees earlier in the year, I was curious when I received a copy of her new novel from the publisher. I started reading The Invention of Wings that very n…

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The Quarry by Iain Banks

Scottish writer Iain Banks first appeared on the literary scene in 1984 with his novel The Wasp Factory. He went on to write 26 more books, often crossing genres to write science fiction under the na…

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TransAtlantic by Colum McCann

I have to confess to being a fan of Colum McCann’s writing. When I read his 2009 novel Let the Great World Spin, I raved about it for months afterwards, so needless to say I was very excited to recei…

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News

Meet the bookseller with Sharon Peterson

by 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 with her about bookshop proposals, her love of the classics, and what exciting reads she has on her TBR pile. Why did you decide to work in books?

I can’t say that I actually ‘decided’ to work in books (I vaguely remembe…

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