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Alas I Cannot Swim: Laura Marling

Reviewed by Dave Clarke, Readings Carlton

A friend who lives in London started telling me about Laura Marling a couple of months ago. I didn’t seek her out, until speaking to this friend recently, when she insisted I track it down. Knowing m…

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Nothing To Be Frightened Of: Julian Barnes

Reviewed by Kabita Dhara, Readings Carlton

This is the year for books about death – how we approach it, worry about it and prepare for it. And while Julian Barnes’s new book is not only about death, the grim reaper is certainly causing Barnes…

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Something to Tell You: Hanif Kureishi

Reviewed by Martin Shaw, Book Buyer for Readings Carlton

Hanif Kureishi might forever be associated with the 90s (The Buddha of Suburbia, My Beautiful Laundrette) –but with Something to Tell You, I am very happy to report that he’s back(!), with a rich, im…

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Pip: The Story of Olive: Kim Kane

Reviewed by Athina Clarke, Readings Port Melbourne

With a voice fresh as a sea breeze and warm as a summer’s day, Pip is delightfully funny, yet poignant. Olive spends many hours wandering alone through her ramshackle and chaotic home by the sea. She…

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Here Is What Is: Daniel Lanois

Reviewed by Dave Clarke, Readings Carlton

Daniel Lanois is a bit of a legend around these parts. He has produced some of my favourite albums of all time, for the likes of Emmylou Harris, Bob Dylan, U2 – not to mention his own very good solo …

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The Ice Princess: Camilla Leckberg

Reviewed by Judith Loriente, Readings Hawthorn

In an icy Swedish fishing village, Erica Falck, a writer, finds the dead body of Alex Wijkner in a frozen bathtub. At first glance she appears to have taken her own life, but Alex’s mother insists th…

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The Blackstone Key

Reviewed by Judith Loriente, Readings Hawthorn

In Cambridge in 1795, Mary Finch, a young school teacher, sets out on a journey to visit her uncle, her only living relative after the death of her parents three years before. Her uncle’s request tha…

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The Best Australian Political Writing 2008: Tony Jones (Ed)

Reviewed by Mungo MacCallum, Guest Reviewer

2007 was a passionate and partisan year in Australian politics and not just because of the federal election. A number of other controversial issues – the climate change debate, Aboriginal policy, the…

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Small Crimes

Reviewed by Judith Loriente, Readings Hawthorn

Seven years after he was sent to prison for stabbing a fellow police officer during a robbery, Joe Denton, one-time crooked cop, is paroled, and returns to his home town of Bradley in Vermont. Determ…

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The Death Chamber: Sarah Rayne

Reviewed by Penny Windlow, Readings Hawthorn

Calvary. It’s a name with a long history. And, in the case of Calvary Gaol, in the north of England, it is a place imprinted with bleakness and despair. Georgina Grey’s family history is interwoven w…

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