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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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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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Beyond Sacred

Reviewed by Margaret Snowdon, Art & Design Buyer at Readings Carlton

A comprehensive, visually stunning survey of recent Aboriginal art. Ranging across Western Australia and the Northern Territory, from the well-known art centres of Papunya and Utopia to the lesser kn…

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Garden Of Evil

Reviewed by Sharon Nebel, Readings HawthornSharon Nebel, Readings Hawthorn

A beautiful art expert from the Louvre is found dead in an art studio hidden in the lanes and alleys of Rome. Beside her, an ageing pickpocket is also dead, both of them in front of an unknown Carava…

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Addition: Toni Jordan

Reviewed by Chris Gordon, Readings Events Coordinator

We all have our quirks and view of the world that can lead us into trouble, or out. Here, Toni Jordan, first-time local author, has used a romantic framework to explain a particular affliction of the…

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His Illegal Self: Peter Carey

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo, Managing Director of Readings

Seven-year-old Che lives with his wealthy grandmother in upstate New York. It’s the late sixties and Che’s mother and father are members of a radical wing of Students for a Democratic Society, fugiti…

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People Of The Book: Geraldine Brooks

Reviewed by Sally Madsen, Carlton Readings

Pulitzer prize winning Australian author Geraldine Brooks (March, Year of Wonders) has written another cracker of a book. The central artefact of the book is the so-called Sarajevo Haggadah, a 500-ye…

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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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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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