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Michael Jackson: Thriller (25th Anniversary)

Reviewed by Mark Luffman, Readings Malvern

Hard to imagine, but for a teenage listener today Michael Jackson’s Thriller is buried deeper in the mists of time than Elvis Presley’s ‘56 sessions were for me when I started buying music. Will this…

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Cat Power - Jukebox

Reviewed by Esther Van Doornum, Readings Carlton

À la The Covers Album of 2000, Jukebox covers tracks by musical legends such as Nina Simone and James Brown. This is the first album Cat Power, aka Chan Marshall, has made with her band the Dirty Del…

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Bleeding Kansas

Reviewed by Judith Loriente, Readings Hawthorn

Taking a break from her V.I. Warshawski novels, Sara Paretsky has written a novel dealing with contemporary issues, and their effect upon the lives of ordinary Americans in present-day Kansas. The wo…

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Beijing Confidential: Jan Wong

Reviewed by Michael Awasoga-Samuel, Readings Carlton

Jan Wong, a Canadian foreign correspondent, not only lived in Beijing at the height of the Cultural Revolution as a young Maoist (she studied at the Beijing University), but she was also a foreign c…

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The Anatomist

Reviewed by Maloti Ray, freelance reviewer

The anatomy textbook written by Henry Gray, with stunning engravings by Henry Vandyke Carter, was first published in 1858. Never since out of print, now in its 37th edition, available in a dozen-plus…

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The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Stieg Larsson

Reviewed by Martin Shaw, Book Buyer for Readings Carlton

I know it’s only February, but this book is a SENSATION!!!, and without a doubt likely to be one of the top thrillers of this - or any other - year! It’s the first in what is being referred to as the…

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Volta

Reviewed by Emily Harms, Readings Carlton

Bjork’s new self-produced album, Volta, is a beautiful blend of her wild pagan roots mixed with themes of revolution, war, femininity and feminism evoking Bjork’s days of teenage punk. A trip on beha…

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Live At The Fillmore East: Neil Young and Crazy Horse

Reviewed by Dave Clarke, Readings Carlton

For years Neil Young fans have waited for a live release of Crazy Horse with the original band leader, Danny Whitten. Now the waiting is over, with this 1970 recording from the legendary Fillmore Eas…

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In Rainbows

Reviewed by Tom Hoskins

Most bands I know would be over the moon to secure a record deal, but not Radiohead - just the opposite it seems. In celebration of the termination of their contract with EMI, the normally glum Oxfor…

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The Orphan Gunner

Reviewed by Jo Case, editor of Readings Monthly

This marvellous first novel has definite, unmistakable echoes of Sarah Waters’ The Night Watch: both are World War II romances that explore the way that the wartime ‘man shortage’ transformed women’s…

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