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Invocation A La Nuit: Jordi Savall

Reviewed by Catherine Koerner, Readings Hawthorn

This generously filled 2CD set has been released to mark the tenth anniversary of Jordi Savall’s wonderful Alia Vox label. The title, Invocation A la Nuit, is a tribute to the special qualities of si…

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Með Suð í Eyrum Við Spilum Endalaust: Sigur Rós

Reviewed by Tom Hoskins, Readings Carlton

When I saw the cover of Sigur Rós’s new album, my first thought was ‘I hope it’s summer’. Featuring various members of the band running stark naked across an Icelandic highway, the cover is a drastic…

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Six Suspects: Vikas Swarup

Reviewed by Kabita Dhara, Readings Carlton

Vikas Swarup’s first novel, Q & A, took as its starting point a poor, illiterate waiter who wins a million dollars on a game show and the subsequent investigation by the producers of the game show in…

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A Guide To The Birds Of East Africa: Nicholas Drayson

Reviewed by Dimitri Gonis, freelance reviewer

Rose Mbikwa is a widow – a victim of Kenyan politics and an ardent birdwatcher. She doesn’t know it, but she is also the trophy of a wager between two old classmates. Mr Malik, also widowed, is passi…

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Twilight: Azhar Abidi

Reviewed by Kabita Dhara, Readings Carlton

I loved Azhar Abidi’s first novel, Passarola Rising, a historical fable set in eighteenth-century Portugal about a fantastical air voyage by a pair of Brazilian brothers. His latest novel, while just…

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That’d Be Right: William McInnes

Reviewed by Jo Case, editor of Readings Monthly

William McInnes’s writing is a lot like my favourite of his characters: the grizzled journalist, Max Connors, from Sea Change. It’s laconic, unapologetically blokey; a dry wit spiked with lightly wor…

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A Death In Tuscany: Michele Giuttari

Reviewed by Judith Loriente, Readings Hawthorn

In a town in present-day Tuscany, the body of an unidentifiable girl, possibly no more than thirteen, is discovered. She appears to have died of a heroin overdose, though with no one reporting her mi…

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Bone By Bone: Tony Johnston

Reviewed by Laurie Steed, Freelance Reviewer

David is nine and growing up fast in 1950s Tennessee. He knows all the bones of the human body and one day, he’s going to be a doctor like his father. Malcolm is David’s best friend. He also knows th…

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Don’t Get Too Comfortable: David Rakoff

Reviewed by Kevin Clark, Readings Carlton

Canadian-American journalist and essayist David Rakoff’s new collection, is a delicious, wry observation of the American condition. Comparisons with his friend and fellow writer David Sedaris are ine…

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Life In Seven Mistakes: Susan Johnson

Reviewed by Jo Case, editor of Readings Monthly

To paraphrase Tolstoy, every unhappy family is different, but they’re also the same. In this darkly affectionate comic novel, the adult children bicker among themselves and unite to bitch about thei…

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