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Secrets: Beatriz Martin Vidal

Reviewed by Alexa Dretzke, Readings Hawthorn

This exquisite picture book explores the mysterious magic of birds and how children need the space and encouragement to dream, wonder and explore so that one day they too can fly. The beautiful penci…

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Triskellion: Will Peterson & Peter Cocks

Reviewed by Julia Jackson, Readings Carlton

Our heroes of this intriguing book are Rachel and Alex, whose lives have been turned upside down with the divorce of their parents. They are packed off to visit their Grandma in a sleepy little villa…

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Rose For The Anzac Boys: Jackie French

Reviewed by Bruno Moro, Readings Malvern

We are in World War I and 16-year-old Midge Macpherson is in a conservative ‘finishing school’ in England. As the war rages in the trenches, she feels increasingly helpless and useless. With two brot…

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Plaster and Paint: Jan Harper

Reviewed by Sally Madsen, Carlton Readings

This is a lovely and unusual book: the ‘twin’ biography of John Colquhoun, orthopaedic surgeon (1899 – 1974) and Joyce McGrath (his patient) Arts Librarian at the State Library of Victoria, and portr…

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Hand Built By Robots: Newton Faulkner

Reviewed by Sid Grane, Readings Hawthorn

Well, it had to happen. Each year we have a hot new talent with a sound that appeals to the masses, millions of records are sold and then The Next Big Thing comes along. Headlines in the music pres…

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Nyuntu Ninti: Bob Randall & Melanie Hogan

Reviewed by Kathy Kozlowski, Readings Carlton

Based on the award-winning documentary Kanyini, this quite stunning book is a sort of photographic prose poem about ‘the ancient and spiritual culture that is the very heart and soul of Australia’ (t…

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JACARAS 18th Century Spanish Baroque Guitar Music of Santiago de Murcia

Reviewed by Ruth Gould, Readings Carlton

You want dance music? Real dance music? This is it! Paul O'Dette celebrates the baroque guitar with Andrew Lawrence-King (of the famed Harp Consort), two additional guitarists and percussion that set…

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Standards and Ballads

Reviewed by Michael Wallace, Readings Carlton

This collection encompasses the trumpet virtuoso’s interpretations of jazz standards and ballads between the early ‘80s and late ‘90s. Selected from Marsalis’ vast back-catalogue, the album highlight…

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January: Marcin Wasilewski Trio

Reviewed by Michael Wallace, Readings Carlton

‘In the entire history of Polish jazz we’ve never had a band like this one. They just keep getting better and better.’ After the trio’s last album won critical praise, these comments by mentor and em…

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R.E.M: Accelerate

Reviewed by James Power, Readings St Kilda

Think along the lines of the guitar hooks of Out Of Time, Adventures In Hifi and Green with the songwriting qualities of Automatic For The People and Murmur. It’s R.E.M at their best and it’s brillia…

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