Page 2 of our reviews

Ali’s Wedding

Reviewed by Sharon Peterson

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 Melody by Jim Crace

Reviewed by Gabrielle Williams

It was always going to be a tough act for Jim Crace to follow. I’d only just finished reading the astonishing Lincoln in the Bardo by George Saunders, when I picked up The Melody to review. But of co…

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The Odyssey by Homer (translated by Emily Wilson)

Reviewed by Marie Matteson

Having listened to Mary Beard talk about Women & Power, starting with an incident in Homer’s The Odyssey, (‘I want to start very near the beginning of the tradition of Western literature, and its fir…

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The Cruel Prince by Holly Black

Reviewed by Julia Gorman

After witnessing the murder of their parents, Jude and her sisters have been raised as the only mortals in the world of Faerie by the very man who committed the murders.

Constantly made to feel wea…

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The Only Story by Julian Barnes

Reviewed by Chris Gordon

Julian Barnes’ writing has always dealt with the complicated notions of history and truth. We saw this clearly in his Man Booker Prize-winning title, The Sense of an Ending, which prompts the reader …

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The Immortalists by Chloe Benjamin

Reviewed by Pilgrim Hodgson

If you knew the date of your death, how would you choose to live the rest of your life? In the late ’60s in New York’s Lower East Side, word spreads of a psychic who can predict the date a person wil…

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The List by Patricia Forde

Reviewed by Angela Crocombe

This dystopian middle fiction title is set in a world in the aftermath of great tragedy caused by global warming and human greed. Food and water are heavily rationed, people are not allowed to speak …

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The Whole Bright Year by Debra Oswald

Reviewed by Sharon Peterson

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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Oliver Loving by Stefan Merrill Block

Reviewed by Tristen Kiri Brudy

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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Scythe by Neal Shusterman

Reviewed by Alistair Mathieson Lynn

In Neal Shusterman’s latest dark, dystopian epic, Scythe, the age of mortality is over. All inhabitants of earth are now immune from disease, old age and even suicide in their stable, AI-governed uto…

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