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Darkmans: Nicola Barker

Reviewed by Jo Case

Darkmans was shortlisted for last year’s Man Booker Prize, and was considered a dark horse to win. It didn’t, of course, but I think it should have (and no, I haven’t read The Gathering yet). The boo…

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This Night’s Foul Work: Fred Vargas

Reviewed by Martin Shaw, Book Buyer for Readings Carlton

Vargas is practically a household name in her native France, with each of her books storming up the bestseller lists and staying there for months at a time. It’s almost unbelievable that in the Engli…

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The Sleepers Almanac: No. 4

Reviewed by Martin Shaw, Book Buyer for Readings Carlton

The Sleepers Almanac is the fourth such anthology of new short fiction from those young publishing dynamos Zoe Dattner and Louise Swinn. And first up - how beautiful an object is it! Dattner tells us…

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Live at Massey Hall 1971: Neil Young

Reviewed by Lou Fulco, Readings Carlton

The year is 1971 and Neil Young can do no wrong, with successes including Crazy Horse; Crosby Stills and Nash; and his own solo debut, After The Goldrush. On the eve of possibly his most successful a…

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We Are Now Beginning Our Descent

Reviewed by Martin Shaw, Book Buyer for Readings Carlton

I think I want to know more about James Meek. I loved - like many people - his wonderful Siberian thriller The People’s Act of Love, a book where all his storytelling powers were in full flight. It a…

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A Quiet Flame by Philip Kerr

Reviewed by Judith Loriente, Readings Hawthorn

I must admit to being completely partial on the subject of Philip Kerr’s books; I thought his The One From The Other (Quercus, 2006) was one of the best crime books I’d ever read, up there with The H

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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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Eating Lolly

Reviewed by Sally Keighery, Program Coordinator of CAE Book Groups

Margaret is 18 years old and already pregnant when her parents send her to live in a tumbledown beach shack on a remote island. Alone for the first time in her life she is forced to reinvent her past…

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