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Clothes on their Backs: Linda Grant

Reviewed by Chris Gordon, Readings Events Coordinator

Nearly immediately, I was transported to places and people I think I know. Apartments swept, and tided with no clutter, shops with clothes racks and silent hosts, op-shops with the dusty, dank smell …

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Cellist of Sarajevo: Steven Galloway

Reviewed by Kabita Dhara, Readings Carlton

In May 1992, as the siege of Sarajevo entered its second month, 22 people were killed as they queued to buy bread. For 22 days after, the local cellist Verdran Smailovic played Albinoni’s Adagio in G…

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What Was Lost: Catherine O'Flynn

Reviewed by Alice Pung, author of the memoir Unpolished Gem.

Catherine O’Flynn has written a book about very quiet people in the peripheries of society: a neglected little girl, a painfully shy adolescent boy, a black child, a security guard suffering from ins…

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Darkmans: Nicola Barker

Reviewed by Jo Case

Darkmans was shortlisted for last year’s Man Booker Prize, and was considered a dark horse to win. It didn’t, of course, but I think it should have (and no, I haven’t read The Gathering yet). The boo…

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Live at Massey Hall 1971: Neil Young

Reviewed by Lou Fulco, Readings Carlton

The year is 1971 and Neil Young can do no wrong, with successes including Crazy Horse; Crosby Stills and Nash; and his own solo debut, After The Goldrush. On the eve of possibly his most successful a…

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The Sleepers Almanac: No. 4

Reviewed by Martin Shaw, Book Buyer for Readings Carlton

The Sleepers Almanac is the fourth such anthology of new short fiction from those young publishing dynamos Zoe Dattner and Louise Swinn. And first up - how beautiful an object is it! Dattner tells us…

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This Night’s Foul Work: Fred Vargas

Reviewed by Martin Shaw, Book Buyer for Readings Carlton

Vargas is practically a household name in her native France, with each of her books storming up the bestseller lists and staying there for months at a time. It’s almost unbelievable that in the Engli…

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We Are Now Beginning Our Descent

Reviewed by Martin Shaw, Book Buyer for Readings Carlton

I think I want to know more about James Meek. I loved - like many people - his wonderful Siberian thriller The People’s Act of Love, a book where all his storytelling powers were in full flight. It a…

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Cat Power - Jukebox

Reviewed by Esther Van Doornum, Readings Carlton

À la The Covers Album of 2000, Jukebox covers tracks by musical legends such as Nina Simone and James Brown. This is the first album Cat Power, aka Chan Marshall, has made with her band the Dirty Del…

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People Of The Book: Geraldine Brooks

Reviewed by Sally Madsen, Carlton Readings

Pulitzer prize winning Australian author Geraldine Brooks (March, Year of Wonders) has written another cracker of a book. The central artefact of the book is the so-called Sarajevo Haggadah, a 500-ye…

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