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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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Age of Shiva: Manil Suri

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo, Managing Director of Readings

Seven years after independence, after partition, India still struggles with the aftermath. India is to be a modern, secular society throwing off the shackles of superstition. Meera is the product of …

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Sorrows of an American: Siri Hustvedt

Reviewed by Danielle Mirabella, Books Buyer at Readings Hawthorn

After Siri Hustvedt’s stunning and critically successful novel What I Loved (2003), it was with great anticipation that I read her new novel, Sorrows of an American. Once again, Hustvedt has delivere…

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A Fraction of the Whole: Steve Toltz

Reviewed by Judith Loriente, Readings Hawthorn

My goodness, where to begin? How to define a mammoth work of comic genius that’s both an ambling, philosophical journey, and an intricate detective story that pieces together the tale of one very dys…

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I Peed on Fellini: David Stratton

Reviewed by Vicky Booth, Program Administrator of CAE Book Groups

David Stratton’s memoir (surely a strong contender for title of the year) is aptly subtitled ‘Recollections of a Life in Film’. It charts his journey from film-mad British schoolboy to eminent Austra…

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