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Lamarck’s Evolution: Ross Honeywill

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo, Managing Director of Readings

Australian scientist Ted Steele chanced on nineteenth-century French scientist, Jean-Baptiste Lamarck, on a long plane flight in 1978. Reading Arthur Koestler’s Janus, he was particularly struck by t…

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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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The Atlas Of Impossible Longing: Anuradha Roy

Reviewed by Kabita Dhara, Readings Carlton

Anuradha Roy is best known in book circles as a publisher at Permanent Black, a small Indian publishing imprint that was set up by Roy and her husband after their controversial departures from Oxford…

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America America: Ethan Canin

Reviewed by Russ Radcliffe, High Horse Books Publishing

Ethan Canin has published several short story collections and some promising novels including the very fine Carry Me Across the Water, but he has moved up several notches with America America.

The …

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I Dream Of Magda: Stefan Laszczuk

Reviewed by Sally Keighery, Program Coordinator of CAE Book Groups

Last year’s Vogel winner reminds us that breaking up is hard to do. Left by their respective girlfriends, the Harrison brothers lead a shambolic existence, numb with grief. Matthew retreats into an i…

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The Gone-Away World: Nick Harkaway

Reviewed by Harry Doorn, Readings Malvern

What can I say? This novel (by none other than John Le Carre’s son) is already my favourite of the year, and the best debut I have read in many years. Its 500-plus pages offer so many riches I cannot…

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Her Father’s Daughter: John Clanchy

Reviewed by Annie Condon, freelance reviewer

After reading this collection, I’m regretful that I haven’t read Canberra-based John Clanchy’s stories before, and I’ll be steadily making my way through his backlist. Having a themed collection mean…

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The Good Thief: Hannah Tinti

Reviewed by Louise Swinn, Editorial Director of Sleepers Publishing

At the start of Hannah Tinti’s debut novel, twelve-year-old, one-handed Ren has been stuck in an orphanage for as long as he can remember. He doesn’t know how he lost his hand or what happened to his…

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A Girl Made Of Dust: Nathalie Abi Ezzi

Reviewed by Jason Austin, Assistant Books Buyer at Readings Carlton

Set during the Israeli invasion of Lebanon in the 1980s, A Girl Made of Dust is a novel written with such maturity, it is hard to believe that it’s a debut. Ruba is ten and lives with her family in E…

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Human Love: Andrei Makine

Reviewed by Belinda Monypenny, Developmental Editor at Cengage Learning

After witnessing his parents’ deaths during Angolan independence, Elias becomes a ‘professional revolutionary’. Through him, we watch socialism’s march through Africa, but for Elias, revolution embod…

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