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The Diabolic by S.J. Kincaid

Reviewed by Kate O'Mara

Welcome, Readings customers, to my science fiction book of the year. The exquisitely crafted world of The Diabolic literally revolves around the Chrysanthemum, a completely artificial climate and gra…

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Ghosts by Raina Telgemeier

Reviewed by Kim Gruschow

Adored graphic novelist Raina Telgemeier introduces magical realism to her work in her wonderful new book, Ghosts. The story follows Cat and her family as they move to a new town in the hope that a g…

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The Tobacconist by Robert Seethaler

Reviewed by Robert Frantzeskos

Following the success of A Whole Life, and having been shortlisted for the Man Booker International Prize this year, Robert Seethaler’s The Tobacconist is an engaging piece of historical fiction set …

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Blue Sky Yellow Kite by Janet A. Holmes and Jonathan Bentley

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

At Readings we love all styles of picture books: we love books with clever, quirky narratives; those that have seductive, enigmatic illustrations and appeal to an older audience; and then there are t…

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The Permanent Resident by Roanna Gonsalves

Reviewed by Annie Condon

The sixteen stories in the collection The Permanent Resident by Roanna Gonsalves depict modern Indian immigration to Australia. Gonsalves, who came to Australia in 1998 as an international student, i…

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Swing Time by Zadie Smith

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Within the first few pages of Swing Time I was affected, again, by Zadie Smith’s ability to make universal truths personal. The story is a complete portrait of our time – our complex relationships wi…

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Night School by Lee Child

Reviewed by Fiona Hardy

I often try to put local and small-press authors as my books of the month, mainly because they’re great, but also because Readings has an extensive history of author support that I’m very proud to be…

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A Closed and Common Orbit by Becky Chambers

Reviewed by Dani Solomon

Compared to A Long Way to a Small, Angry Planet which was very much an ensemble piece incorporating a dozen people and spanning light years of space, A Closed and Common Orbit is a more confined, alm…

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Somewhere Else by Gus Gordon

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke

Quite often home is the best place in the world and so it seems for George Lombard, a beret-wearing duck. When his friends are flying ‘Somewhere Else’ and having adventures in exotic places, George t…

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Frantumaglia by Elena Ferrante

Reviewed by Kara Nicholson

The Frantumaglia project (as it is referred to by her publishers) has evolved over the many years of Elena Ferrante’s writing career. She defines the word ‘frantumaglia’ as a ‘jumble of fragments’ an…

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