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The Last Sky: Alice Nelson

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo, Managing Director of Readings

Shortlisted for last year’s Vogel Award, this is Alice Nelson’s first novel. Maya and her husband, Joseph, are academics. She is working on Poussin, he, an archaeologist, has just taken a position at…

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How The Soldier Repairs The Gramophone: Sasa Stanisic

Reviewed by Maloti Ray, freelance reviewer

Born in Višegrad, Bosnia and escaping during its Serbian invasion, Saša Stanišić charts his debut novel as a whimsical child tenderly mindful of the river Drina.

Witness to war and peace, the Drina…

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Song For Night: Chris Abani

Reviewed by Michelle Calligaro, Assistant Manager of Readings Carlton

Song for Night is a powerful piece of prose portraying the shocking experiences of an African boy soldier. ‘My Luck’ belongs to a team trained to defuse mines with jungle knives. They have their voca…

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When Will There Be Good News?: Kate Atkinson

Reviewed by Olivia Mayer, Freelance Reviewer

From the moment she burst onto the literary scene with the dazzling Behind the Scenes at the Museum, Kate Atkinson has been fusing genres and defying categorisation to deliver wonderfully satisfying,…

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Earth to the Dandy Warhols: The Dandy Warhols

Reviewed by James Power, Readings St Kilda

On this follow up to 2005’s Oddortorium or Warlords of Mars it’s not until track 4’s (Wasp in the Lotus) that you realise you are in fact listening to the Dandy Warhols. From here on in, it’s classic…

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Evening Is The Whole Day: Preeta Samarasan

Reviewed by Maloti Ray, freelance reviewer

The exquisite challenge of portraying modern Malaysia is in the conveying of subtle paradoxes. Authoritarian yet democratic, stable yet fractious, multicultural yet segregated, its nuances have defie…

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Mother Land: Dmetri Kakmi

Reviewed by Jo Case, editor of Readings Monthly

Dmetri Kakmi paints beautiful word pictures for the reader, effortlessly seducing them into another world – the world of his childhood.

Kakmi grew up on the Turkish island of Bozcaada (formerly Tene…

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The Dog on the Tuckerbox: Corinne Fenton & Peter Gouldthorpe

Reviewed by Bruno Moro, Readings Malvern

I must admit that, despite having lived in this country for a very long time, I’ve never encountered the legend that is the dog on the tuckerbox. Yet it did not surprise me that, like many Australian…

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The Pencil: Allan Ahlberg & Bruce Ingman

Reviewed by Athina Clarke, Readings Port Melbourne

What does a little pencil do if it’s lonely? It draws a picture book of course! Our lonely little pencil draws a picture of a boy, a dog, a cat and a paintbrush to colour in their adventures. But wha…

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Someday This Pain Will Be Useful To You: Peter Cameron

Reviewed by Kathy Kozlowski, Readings Carlton

It is the ‘voice’ that gives this novel its power. James is a loner, intelligent, privileged, articulate, and completely lost. His sudden refusal to do the expected thing and go to college causes his…

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