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The Stranding: Karen Viggers

Reviewed by Laurie Steed, Freelance Reviewer

Lex Henderson arrives in a coastal village looking for a place to hide from prying eyes and old memories. Soon after, he meets Callista Bennett, a local artist with her own chequered past. Lex is dra…

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The Butt: Will Self

Reviewed by Laurie Steed, Freelance Reviewer

Will Self has never been known for taking the easy way out. Faced here with post-9/11 politics, he has taken the trajectory of a discarded cigarette butt and transformed it into an allegory about fat…

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Musk and Byrne: Fiona Capp

Reviewed by Vicky Booth, Program Administrator of CAE Book Groups

Award-winning Australian author Fiona Capp (That Oceanic Feeling) has ventured into the eventful world of historical fiction with her new novel. Set in 1860s Victoria, its heroine is Jemma Musk, an i…

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The Lucy Family Alphabet: Judith Lucy

Reviewed by Marieke Hardy, Triple J Breakfast Presenter and regular panelist on ABC TV's First Tuesday Book Club

‘Comedian Judith Lucy has a voice. A distinctive voice, which you either adore with a devotion bordering on psychotic or loathe with an equally ferocious passion. I happen to find her voice absolutel…

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The White Tiger: Aravind Adiga

Reviewed by Kabita Dhara, Readings Carlton

Aravind Adiga is being touted as the next big writer out of India, his debut novel The Whie Tiger creating quite some buzz at the London Book Fair last year and then sparking a bidding war for intern…

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Stanley and Sophie: Kate Jennings

Reviewed by Olivia Mayer, Freelance Reviewer

After the death of her husband, two beguiling, energetic and demanding bundles of bravado bound into Kate Jennings’s life. Stanley and Sophie – the story of two border terriers in New York – is the r…

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A Family History of Smoking: Andrew Reimer

Reviewed by Chris Gordon, Readings Events Coordinator

I love the way this memoir is two stories. It is both a recording of a family and a testimony of a habit. Firstly, the story of Andrew’s family takes us from the last days of the Austro-Hungarian Emp…

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Hard Sweet and Sticky: The Bellrays

Reviewed by Declan Murphy, Readings St Kilda

Tough title to live up to, but the Bellrays are up to the challenge. Fronted by the powerhouse vocals of Lisa Kekaula this California four-piece have delivered a killer little record that is full of …

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Lust Lust Lust: The Raveonettes

Reviewed by Declan Murphy, Readings St Kilda

Lust Lust Lust marks a return to form from this Danish duo following a debut of such promise in Chain Gang of Love and a disappointing second record. From the opening track Aly, Walk with Me, the Rav…

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Volume One: She and Him

Reviewed by Alice Bisits, Readings Malvern

Actress Zooey Deschanel is the ‘she’ and singer songwriter M Ward is the ‘he’ on this enchanting debut album. Don’t be afraid of the actress turned singer cliché here – perhaps singing is her stronge…

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