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The Boat by Nam Le

Reviewed by Patrick Cullen

There is something audacious about an author who, in their first collection of stories, moves between six continents, yet Vietnamese-Australian writer Nam Le navigates the globe confidently and convi…

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Oscar Wilde and the Ring of Death: Gyles Brandreth

Reviewed by Judith Loriente, Readings Hawthorn

Oscar Wilde being used as a fictional detective? I blanched at the very thought – until I began reading, and quickly dropped my objections. The second of Gyles Brandreth’s mysteries sees Oscar Wilde …

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Lessons To Be Learned: Gabriella Cilmi

Reviewed by Mark Luffman, Readings Malvern

For a CD recorded and arranged by Sugababes stalwarts and soon-to-be Franz Ferdinand collaborators Xenomaina, and with Saint Etienne input, Amy Winehouse comparisons seem a little inappropriate. Cert…

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Cemetary Lake: Paul Cleave

Reviewed by Judith Loriente, Readings Hawthorn

In New Zealand, Theo Tate, a private investigator, finds himself part of an investigation involving the exhumation of the body of a potential murder victim. As the body is being exhumed, several corp…

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Crime: Lambert, Murray & Speyer (Eds)

Reviewed by Margaret Snowdon, Readings Carlton

How much do criminal acts and their representation in cinema, literature and music really have in common? Is the execution of crime in everyday life as appealing or as inspired as creative artists ha…

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Bowery: Firekites

Reviewed by Dave Clarke, Readings Carlton

This CD turned up a few weeks ago in the post. There was no information at all about it. But after a few minutes, I was quickly hooked, as were my colleagues in the office who all enquired as to what…

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Al Green: Lay It Down

Reviewed by Mark Luffman, Readings Malvern

Al Green hugged me once, and I can still smell the Sta-Fro and hear his bottomless guffaw and feel the pat of his ringed fingers on my back. Then he was gone, back onto stage where he continued to sm…

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Blue Convenant: Maude Barlow

Reviewed by Maloti Ray, Freelance Reviewer

At the universal scale, swathes of water visually distinguish Earth as the blue planet. At the molecular scale, water is a significant part of living beings; life on Earth originated from and is supp…

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Summer at Eureka: Pete Murray

Reviewed by Dave Clarke, Readings Carlton

Pete Murray is by now a household name, the biggest male vocalist in the country. Multi-platinum albums, Number ones and an ability to call the shots when it comes to his career. He recorded this new…

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Anywhere I Lay My Head: Scarlett Johansson

Reviewed by Mark Luffman, Readings Malvern

The mind may have boggled but the ears do not lie – Scarlett Johansson’s collection of Tom Waits songs is quite free of car-crash compulsion and wince-inducing whimsy. The narcoleptic down-toned voic…

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