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Stanley and Sophie: Kate Jennings

Reviewed by Olivia Mayer, Freelance Reviewer

After the death of her husband, two beguiling, energetic and demanding bundles of bravado bound into Kate Jennings’s life. Stanley and Sophie – the story of two border terriers in New York – is the r…

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Swimming In A Sea Of Death: David Rieff

Reviewed by Sybil Nolan, Freelance Editor and Reviewer

In this noteworthy book, journalist David Rieff sets out to record his mother, Susan Sontag’s state of mind after she was diagnosed with terminal blood cancer. It’s an extraordinarily ambitious under…

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A Family History of Smoking: Andrew Reimer

Reviewed by Chris Gordon, Readings Events Coordinator

I love the way this memoir is two stories. It is both a recording of a family and a testimony of a habit. Firstly, the story of Andrew’s family takes us from the last days of the Austro-Hungarian Emp…

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The Dog of Marriage: Collected Stories: Amy Hempel

Reviewed by Robbie Egan, Readings Carlton

Every so often a book comes along of such a standard that the efforts of reviewers and publishing house spruikers are rendered inadequate. The Collected Stories of Amy Hempel is an example. Her perfe…

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The White Tiger: Aravind Adiga

Reviewed by Kabita Dhara, Readings Carlton

Aravind Adiga is being touted as the next big writer out of India, his debut novel The Whie Tiger creating quite some buzz at the London Book Fair last year and then sparking a bidding war for intern…

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The Butt: Will Self

Reviewed by Laurie Steed, Freelance Reviewer

Will Self has never been known for taking the easy way out. Faced here with post-9/11 politics, he has taken the trajectory of a discarded cigarette butt and transformed it into an allegory about fat…

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Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures: Vincent Lam

Reviewed by Annie Condon, Freelance Reviewer

Bloodletting and Miraculous Cures has as its subtitle: Stories, although the 12 stories in the collection are interlinked, and the book also works as a novel. The author is a doctor in Toronto, Canad…

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The Lucy Family Alphabet: Judith Lucy

Reviewed by Marieke Hardy, Triple J Breakfast Presenter and regular panelist on ABC TV's First Tuesday Book Club

‘Comedian Judith Lucy has a voice. A distinctive voice, which you either adore with a devotion bordering on psychotic or loathe with an equally ferocious passion. I happen to find her voice absolutel…

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The Same Earth: Kei Miller

Reviewed by Michelle Calligaro, Assistant Manager of Readings Carlton

When Tessa Walcott’s blue, green and polka-dot panties go missing in the small village of Watersgate Jamaica, Imelda Richardson hits on the idea of starting a Neighbourhood Watch program. But Pastor …

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Under Pressure: How the Epidemic of Hyper Parenting is Endangering Childhood: Carl Honore

Reviewed by Jo Case, editor of Readings Monthly

The author of In Praise of Slow – and scribe of the Slow movement – tackles just one of the areas in which our wired, achievement-oriented society is running on overdrive in Under Pressure. Honore vi…

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