Tristen Kiri Brudy

Tristen Kiri Brudy works as a bookseller at Readings Carlton.

Reviews

Women Talking by Miriam Toews

Between 2005 and 2009, in a remote Mennonite colony in Bolivia, hundreds of girls and women would wake every morning feeling bruised, abused, and battered. This was attributed for many years to ghost…

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French Exit by Patrick deWitt

‘French Exit’: hastily leaving a social gathering without saying goodbye (see also, Irish Goodbye, taking English Leave, ghosting). Frances, her adult son Malcolm and their cat, Small Frank, are out …

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A Superior Spectre by Angela Meyer

In the near future, Jeff is dying. Haunted by his dark past and current deterioration, he abandons Melbourne, and his long-suffering partner Faye, for the relative remoteness of Scotland. Once there,…

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The Great Believers by Rebecca Makkai

The Great Believers opens in Chicago, 1985, with Yale Tishman attending the wake of Nico – the first of many in his group of friends to be felled by the AIDS epidemic. Yale is the development directo…

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84K by Claire North

Company men would run for Parliament, Company newspapers would trumpet their excellence to the sky, Company TV stations would broadcast their election promises this is how democracy worked: corporate

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A Sand Archive by Gregory Day

Award-winning author Gregory Day’s latest novel opens in Geelong with our narrator, a nameless writer, coming across a ‘slim grey-brown volume, cheaply printed but essential to [his] research: The Gr

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What the Light Reveals by Mick McCoy

Mick McCoy’s latest novel opens in 1954 as Conrad Murphy travels from Melbourne to Sydney to appear before the Royal Commission on Espionage. An active and unabashed member of the Communist Party, Co…

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Oliver Loving by Stefan Merrill Block

There are many ways to describe the titular Oliver Loving – his mother’s favourite son, a beloved older brother to Charlie, and an aspiring poet. He has also been comatose (perhaps even brain-dead) f…

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The Shadow Land by Elizabeth Kostova

Elizabeth Kostova’s The Shadow Land follows a young American woman, Alexandra Boyd, as she travels to Bulgaria in memory of her lost brother. On her first day there, she accidentally takes the bag of…

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The Brittle Star by Davina Langdale

The Western seems to be making a bit of a comeback these days so, after relishing every blood-soaked minute of Hell or High Water and HBO’s Westworld, I jumped at the chance to read an early copy of …

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