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Bone By Bone: Tony Johnston

Reviewed by Laurie Steed, Freelance Reviewer

David is nine and growing up fast in 1950s Tennessee. He knows all the bones of the human body and one day, he’s going to be a doctor like his father. Malcolm is David’s best friend. He also knows th…

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Song For Night: Chris Abani

Reviewed by Michelle Calligaro, Assistant Manager of Readings Carlton

Song for Night is a powerful piece of prose portraying the shocking experiences of an African boy soldier. ‘My Luck’ belongs to a team trained to defuse mines with jungle knives. They have their voca…

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How The Soldier Repairs The Gramophone: Sasa Stanisic

Reviewed by Maloti Ray, freelance reviewer

Born in Višegrad, Bosnia and escaping during its Serbian invasion, Saša Stanišić charts his debut novel as a whimsical child tenderly mindful of the river Drina.

Witness to war and peace, the Drina…

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When Will There Be Good News?: Kate Atkinson

Reviewed by Olivia Mayer, Freelance Reviewer

From the moment she burst onto the literary scene with the dazzling Behind the Scenes at the Museum, Kate Atkinson has been fusing genres and defying categorisation to deliver wonderfully satisfying,…

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Human Love: Andrei Makine

Reviewed by Belinda Monypenny, Developmental Editor at Cengage Learning

After witnessing his parents’ deaths during Angolan independence, Elias becomes a ‘professional revolutionary’. Through him, we watch socialism’s march through Africa, but for Elias, revolution embod…

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The Collector Of Worlds: Ilya Troyanov

Reviewed by Maloti Ray, freelance reviewer

Sir Richard Francis Burton – explorer, writer, soldier, diplomat – is acclaimed for his vivid translation of two masterpieces; from Arabic, One Thousand Nights and A Night and from Sanskrit, The Kama

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The Gone-Away World: Nick Harkaway

Reviewed by Harry Doorn, Readings Malvern

What can I say? This novel (by none other than John Le Carre’s son) is already my favourite of the year, and the best debut I have read in many years. Its 500-plus pages offer so many riches I cannot…

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Lamarck’s Evolution: Ross Honeywill

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo, Managing Director of Readings

Australian scientist Ted Steele chanced on nineteenth-century French scientist, Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, on a long plane flight in 1978. Reading Arthur Koestler’s Janus, he was particularly struck by t…

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Earth to the Dandy Warhols: The Dandy Warhols

Reviewed by James Power, Readings St Kilda

On this follow up to 2005’s Oddortorium or Warlords of Mars it’s not until track 4’s (Wasp in the Lotus) that you realise you are in fact listening to the Dandy Warhols. From here on in, it’s classic…

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Evening Is The Whole Day: Preeta Samarasan

Reviewed by Maloti Ray, freelance reviewer

The exquisite challenge of portraying modern Malaysia is in the conveying of subtle paradoxes. Authoritarian yet democratic, stable yet fractious, multicultural yet segregated, its nuances have defie…

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