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Jim: Jamie Lidell

Reviewed by Declan Murphy, Readings St Kilda

Anyone who is familiar with Jamie Lidell will surely testify that the man is in possession of one hell of a voice, even if we have only been afforded glimpses of his talents on previous outings. With…

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Elvis Costello: Momofuku

Reviewed by Mark Luffman, Readings Malvern

Elvis Costello has been trying to be amused rather than disgusted for rather a long time now – certainly since his first record. And since then, the more gloriously he fails in that objective, the be…

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Voice Over: Celine Curiol

Reviewed by Kabita Dhara, Readings Carlton

A nameless young woman announces the train schedule at the Gare du Nord in Paris. The object of her desire lives with another woman, an ‘angel’. She is persuaded to assist a transvestite in his show,…

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Petropolis: Anya Ulinich

Reviewed by Jo Case, editor of Readings Monthly

This darkly comic debut is both admirably clever and intensely moving. The satire is spot-on and the word pictures just stunning, but the really smart thing about this book is something that seems ve…

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The Outlander: Gil Adamson

Reviewed by Chris Gordon, Readings Events Coordinator

As I was reading this book I imagined the Rocky Mountains. I could see in Gil’s descriptions: the dirt, the trees, the frightening sounds and shadows, and I could understand how this novel may well …

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All The Sad Young Literary Men: Keith Gessen

Reviewed by Louise Swinn, Editorial Director of Sleepers Publishing

All the Sad Young Literary Men is the first novel by Keith Gessen, one of the founding editors of cutting edge US literary magazine, N+1. As the title suggests, it is primarily concerned with three o…

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The End of the Alphabet: C.S. Richardson

Reviewed by Chris Gordon, Readings Events Coordinator

I read this beautiful looking book in one sitting. I didn’t set out to, but I couldn’t put it down. It’s not a long story, but by the time I had finished my heart had broken in that way that makes yo…

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Harry, Revised: Mark Sarvas

Reviewed by Laurie Steed, Freelance Reviewer

Harry Rent is, quite literally, at a loss. A recent widower with a Buddha belly, he spends lonely days at Café Retro, a fifties throwback diner that would put Happy Days to shame. Wifeless and lifele…

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Growing Up Asian In Australia: Alice Pung

Reviewed by Kabita Dhara, Readings Carlton

What a fascinating collection of stories! Growing up Asian in Australia is an anthology of reminiscences from prominent and not so prominent Asian-Australians who all have one thing in common - lives…

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