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A Thing Of The Past: Vetiver

Reviewed by Lou Fulco, Readings Port Melbourne

For Vetiver’s first album in a couple of years, a covers record seemed like a strange direction to go in. But due to the fact that the band’s only constant member, Andy Cabic, didn’t have any origina…

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To Survive: Joan as Policewoman

Reviewed by Michael Awasoga-Samuel, Readings Carlton

JAPW is Joan Wasser, a multi-instrumentalist who has played in bands such as the Dambuilders and Those Bastard Souls with Jeff Buckley’s guitarist Michael Tighe. In 2002, she formed Joan as Policewom…

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City That Care Forgot: Dr John and the Lower 911

Reviewed by Mark Luffman, Readings Malvern

Compassion fatigue killer! I’m not a particularly charitable guy, and this could be dedicated to Geelong or Canterbury as far as I’m concerned. Guilt-ridden superstars have been guilty of hours and h…

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Viva La Vida: Coldplay

Reviewed by Mark Luffman, Readings Malvern

In which Brian Eno does for Coldplay exactly what he did for U2, which is make them a sort of super-deluxe glossy version of what they already were, which means make them a sound that won’t get tinni…

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When You Are Enguled In Flames: David Sedaris

Reviewed by Jo Case, editor of Readings Monthly

Here is a true story: I was so engrossed in reading this book yesterday that I forgot to pick up my son from school. (I was half an hour late.)

‘Wow, Mum,’ he said. ‘That MUST be a good book.’ It is…

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So Yesterday: Scott Westerfeld

Reviewed by Alana Herbert, Year 10, The University High School

I loved this book, it’s a fantastic contemprary crime novel, jam-packed with modern day suspense, drama, sharp humour and a dash of romance.

Set in a futuristic consumer-driver world, Westerfeld d…

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A Wolf At The Table: Augusten Burroughs

Reviewed by Judith Loriente, Readings Hawthorn

Augusten Burroughs, author of the hilarious childhood memoir Running With Scissors (and brother of John Elder Robison, author of Look Me in The Eye) turns to the story of their father in A Wolf At th

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Paradise Lost: Giles Milton

Reviewed by Michael Awasoga-Samuel, Readings Carlton

Paradise Lost is Giles Milton’s account of the destruction of the Turkish city of Smyrna. The book is based on eyewitness accounts of the events that unfolded in September 1922. Greek forces had prev…

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The Boat by Nam Le

Reviewed by Patrick Cullen

There is something audacious about an author who, in their first collection of stories, moves between six continents, yet Vietnamese-Australian writer Nam Le navigates the globe confidently and convi…

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Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death: Gyles Brandreth

Reviewed by Judith Loriente, Readings Hawthorn

Oscar Wilde being used as a fictional detective? I blanched at the very thought – until I began reading, and quickly dropped my objections. The second of Gyles Brandreth’s mysteries sees Oscar Wilde …

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