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The Lifeboat: Zacharey Jane

Reviewed by Michelle Calligaro, Assistant Manager of Readings Carlton

The Lifeboat is a beautiful fable about an old couple found at sea. They have no memory of who they are or where they have come from. It is narrated by a young interpreter from the unnamed island nat…

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The Invention of Everything Else: Samantha Hunt

Reviewed by Toni Jordan, author of Addition, a book in which Nikola Tesla plays a central role

Novels that reimagine history walk a difficult line – too much factual detail and they become an untrustworthy biography, too little and they disrespect the framework of their story. Samantha Hunt av…

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Northline: Willy Vlautin

Reviewed by Michael Awasoga-Samuel, Readings Carlton

Willy Vlautin’s style of writing is almost script-like, reminding the reader of a David Lynch film. The story centres around Alison Johnson, a 22-year-old high school drop-out with self-destructive t…

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American Journeys: Don Watson

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo, Managing Director of Readings

American Journeys is a very, very fine book. In 2005, Watson spent almost six months on and off criss-crossing America, across the Amtrak tracks and its roads and highways. Watson’s America is not th…

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The Medici Secret: Michael White

Reviewed by Judith Loriente, Readings Hawthorn

When a group of scientists begins working on the Medici Project, and studying the remains of the great Florentine family, a chain of intrigue and dangerous secrets is triggered off. Forty years earli…

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Trip of a Lifetime: Liz Byrski

Reviewed by Judith Loriente, Readings Hawthorn

Leaving her Newcastle office one afternoon, Heather Delaney, a parliamentarian, is shot in the shoulder, the apparent victim of an assassination attempt. A somewhat controversial politician, there se…

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Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth: Xiaolu Guo

Reviewed by Michelle Calligaro, Assistant Manager of Readings Carlton

Fenfang is the feisty and darkly funny ‘ravenous youth’ of Guo’s story, who craves both richer food and life beyond the fields of sweet potatoes that are her destiny in Ginger Hill Village, Zhejiang …

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The Postman: Antonio Skarmeta

Reviewed by Jason Austin, Assistant Buyer at Readings Carlton

First published in Spanish in 1985 then in English in ‘87, Norton have reissued The Postman for those that either missed it the first time around, like myself, or for those that want to revisit Isla …

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Now You See Him: Eli Gottleib

Reviewed by Jo Case, editor of Readings Monthly

With a glowing endorsement from Ann Patchett and word of mouth spreading in the blogosphere and the publishing industry, Now You See Him is poised to be the next sleeper hit of the literary world. (O…

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A Partisan’s Daughter: Louis de Bernieres

Reviewed by Samarra Hyde, Program Manager of CAE Book Groups

A Partisan’s Daughter is the new novel from the bestselling and acclaimed author of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and Birds without Wings. Set in London during the Winter of Discontent, it explores the …

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