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Quarterly Essay 30: Paul Toohey

Reviewed by Jo Case, editor of Readings Monthly

This fascinating Quarterly Essay looks at the Northern Territory intervention from the perspective of a Darwin-based journalist with an intimate working knowledge of the situation leading up to the i…

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Growing Up Asian In Australia: Alice Pung

Reviewed by Kabita Dhara, Readings Carlton

What a fascinating collection of stories! Growing up Asian in Australia is an anthology of reminiscences from prominent and not so prominent Asian-Australians who all have one thing in common - lives…

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Bird: Sophie Cunningham

Reviewed by Michelle Calligaro, Assistant Manager of Readings Carlton

Who was Anna Davidoff? On the anniversary of her death, Ana-Sofia expresses a long-held desire to know more about her beautiful and enigmatic mother: a woman who deserted her young daughter to become…

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Dreamland: Tom Gilling

Reviewed by Dimitri Gonis, Freelance Writer

Nick Carmody is a has-been crime reporter who lives with a fellow subeditor, her daughter and an arthritic greyhound. His life seems average until he attends the wake of an old classmate. Nick soon f…

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The New Angel: Ali Alizedeh

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo, Managing Director of Readings

Bahram’s parents are the very epitome of modern Iran: university educated, secular, progressive. His kindly uncle Behrooz was a progressive academic. But everything changed with Islamic revolution; h…

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Novel About My Wife: Emily Perkins

Reviewed by Justine Douglas, Manager Readings Port Melbourne

Many moons ago there was an enormous amount of excitement about a young New Zealand woman writer’s debut collection of short stories entitled Not Her Real Name. Since then Emily Perkins has written s…

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The Household Guide To Dying: Debra Adelaide

Reviewed by Jo Case, editor of Readings Monthly

This book is being touted as THE Australian novel of the year. Debra Adelaide has been on the local literary scene for decades, and has ten books behind her, but she netted a $1 million advance for t…

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Tales From Outer Suburbia: Shaun Tan

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke, Readings Hawthorn

At the recent CBCA conference, Shaun Tan remarked in his keynote address that what we perceive as normality is an illusion, and when you read these illustrated short stories you recognise that they a…

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Cradle to Cradle: William McDonough

Reviewed by Mark Falvey

“Think before you throw: there’s no such place as away” is an old BodyShop slogan that carried much weight, but for the architect McDonough and the chemist Braungart, it scarcely tips the scales.


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Third: Portishead

Reviewed by Andrew McDonald, Readings Website Coordinator

Third is both a departure from and a reminder of that distinctive Portishead sound. Beth Gibbons’s affecting vocals retain the bleak-yet-beautiful feeling of previous Portishead albums but the accomp…

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