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Monster Blood Tattoo Book 2: The Lamplighter: D.M. Cornish

Reviewed by Athina Clarke, Readings Port Melbourne

The marvellous adventure of the young boy-hero Rossamund continues in this much awaited second book in the Monster Blood Tattoo series. While in the service of the emperor as lamplighter, our affable…

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Mahtab’s Story: Libby Gleeson

Reviewed by Kathy Kozlowski, Readings Carlton

Inspired by Libby Gleeson’s meeting with a group of Year 11 students from Iraq and Afghanistan, this novel about a young refugee and her family is a gripping and enlightening read. It is not only the…

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Henrietta Gets a Letter: Martine Murray

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke, Readings Hawthorn

Sheezamageeza! Henrietta’s a bit jealous of baby Albert’s birthday and has the DILEMMA of a fairy living in a sock under her bed, who she helps to understand it’s best to be yourself and not try and …

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Mistik Lake: Martha Brooks

Reviewed by Athina Clarke, Readings Port Melbourne

Mistik Lake is a special book that demands uninterrupted devotion. It will be greedily consumed in one or two gulps; but for long after, it’s affects will be savoured. This is a beautifully told bitt…

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The Evangelist: Robert Forster

Reviewed by Daniel Carroll, Readings Carlton

In a recent interview, Robert Forster said, ‘I want it to be a record that gives comfort to the listener … full of a warm acoustic sound’. The Evangelist is all that and much more. This is a wonderf…

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Taking Pictures: Anne Enright

Reviewed by Chris Gordon, Readings Events Coordinator

Anne Enright is a passionate writer who describes real life like you would to your best friend – only, with elegance and a turn of phrase that creates an immediate picture. Her stories are about dea…

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Musk and Byrne: Fiona Capp

Reviewed by Vicky Booth, Program Administrator of CAE Book Groups

Award-winning Australian author Fiona Capp (That Oceanic Feeling) has ventured into the eventful world of historical fiction with her new novel. Set in 1860s Victoria, its heroine is Jemma Musk, an i…

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The Story of Forgetting: Stefan Merril Block

Reviewed by Belinda Monypenny, Developmental Editor at Cengage Learning

Abel Haggard is the only one left on the family farm in Dallas. His hermetic life is slowly closing in around him as he watches the years fall away, hoping his estranged daughter will return. Seth Wa…

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The Stranding: Karen Viggers

Reviewed by Laurie Steed, Freelance Reviewer

Lex Henderson arrives in a coastal village looking for a place to hide from prying eyes and old memories. Soon after, he meets Callista Bennett, a local artist with her own chequered past. Lex is dra…

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Texas: Sarah Hay

Reviewed by Sally Keighery, Program Coordinator of CAE Book Groups

Fans of 2001 Vogel winner Sarah Hay will be pleased to learn that her second novel has a distinctly Australian flavour. Set on a remote Kimberly cattle station during the 1980s, Texas charts the live…

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