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Clothes on their Backs: Linda Grant

Reviewed by Chris Gordon, Readings Events Coordinator

Nearly immediately, I was transported to places and people I think I know. Apartments swept, and tided with no clutter, shops with clothes racks and silent hosts, op-shops with the dusty, dank smell …

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Cellist of Sarajevo: Steven Galloway

Reviewed by Kabita Dhara, Readings Carlton

In May 1992, as the siege of Sarajevo entered its second month, 22 people were killed as they queued to buy bread. For 22 days after, the local cellist Verdran Smailovic played Albinoni’s Adagio in G…

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What Was Lost: Catherine O'Flynn

Reviewed by Alice Pung, author of the memoir Unpolished Gem.

Catherine O’Flynn has written a book about very quiet people in the peripheries of society: a neglected little girl, a painfully shy adolescent boy, a black child, a security guard suffering from ins…

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Darkmans: Nicola Barker

Reviewed by Jo Case

Darkmans was shortlisted for last year’s Man Booker Prize, and was considered a dark horse to win. It didn’t, of course, but I think it should have (and no, I haven’t read The Gathering yet). The boo…

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Live at Massey Hall 1971: Neil Young

Reviewed by Lou Fulco, Readings Carlton

The year is 1971 and Neil Young can do no wrong, with successes including Crazy Horse; Crosby Stills and Nash; and his own solo debut, After The Goldrush. On the eve of possibly his most successful a…

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The Sleepers Almanac: No. 4

Reviewed by Martin Shaw, Book Buyer for Readings Carlton

The Sleepers Almanac is the fourth such anthology of new short fiction from those young publishing dynamos Zoe Dattner and Louise Swinn. And first up - how beautiful an object is it! Dattner tells us…

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This Night’s Foul Work: Fred Vargas

Reviewed by Martin Shaw, Book Buyer for Readings Carlton

Vargas is practically a household name in her native France, with each of her books storming up the bestseller lists and staying there for months at a time. It’s almost unbelievable that in the Engli…

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We Are Now Beginning Our Descent

Reviewed by Martin Shaw, Book Buyer for Readings Carlton

I think I want to know more about James Meek. I loved - like many people - his wonderful Siberian thriller The People’s Act of Love, a book where all his storytelling powers were in full flight. It a…

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A Quiet Flame by Philip Kerr

Reviewed by Judith Loriente, Readings Hawthorn

I must admit to being completely partial on the subject of Philip Kerr’s books; I thought his The One From The Other (Quercus, 2006) was one of the best crime books I’d ever read, up there with The H

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Bleeding Kansas

Reviewed by Judith Loriente, Readings Hawthorn

Taking a break from her V.I. Warshawski novels, Sara Paretsky has written a novel dealing with contemporary issues, and their effect upon the lives of ordinary Americans in present-day Kansas. The wo…

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