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The Best Australian Political Writing 2008: Tony Jones (Ed)

Reviewed by Mungo MacCallum, Guest Reviewer

2007 was a passionate and partisan year in Australian politics and not just because of the federal election. A number of other controversial issues – the climate change debate, Aboriginal policy, the…

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Small Crimes

Reviewed by Judith Loriente, Readings Hawthorn

Seven years after he was sent to prison for stabbing a fellow police officer during a robbery, Joe Denton, one-time crooked cop, is paroled, and returns to his home town of Bradley in Vermont. Determ…

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Luke Davies: God of Speed

Reviewed by Paul Landymore, Manager Readings Malvern

The book opens in 1973 with Howard Hughes, enigma and twentieth-century icon, hidden from the world in a London hotel room, where he sits in bed waiting for the dawn and a meeting with an old friend.…

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The Spare Room: Helen Garner

Reviewed by Sean O'Beirne, Readings Carlton

Helen Garner’s new novel starts with a woman called ‘Helen’ putting out fresh sheets for a friend who’s coming to stay, and thinking: what colour should they be? Helen’s friend, Nicola – lovely, play…

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The Biographer: Virginia Duigan

Reviewed by Chris Gordon, Readings Events Coordinator

This is a sad book about successful people living in fear of judgment and discovery. Duigan has written about a complex woman in her second book, The Biographer. Greer Gordon is a woman who makes de…

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Disquiet: Julia Leigh

Reviewed by Annie Condon, freelance reviewer

Disquiet is the much awaited second novel from Australian Julia Leigh, whose first book The Hunter was critically acclaimed both here and overseas. While the length of this work may be a disappointme…

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The Dark Lantern: Gerri Brightwell

Reviewed by Ingrid Josephine, Program Administrator, CAE Book Groups

London, 1893. The Bentleys, Mina and Robert, are recently returned from France and the old Mrs. Bentley is on her deathbed. 32 Cursitor Road is in flux; above stairs and below stairs all is not as it…

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The Lifeboat: Zacharey Jane

Reviewed by Michelle Calligaro, Assistant Manager of Readings Carlton

The Lifeboat is a beautiful fable about an old couple found at sea. They have no memory of who they are or where they have come from. It is narrated by a young interpreter from the unnamed island nat…

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Julius Winsome: Gerard Donovan

Reviewed by Kylie Stevenson, freelance writer and reviewer

Irish-born writer, Gerard Donovan, wanted Julius Winsome, his third novel, to whisper to the reader – and readers will be seduced by Julius’s quiet wisdom, just as his springtime lover briefly is: ‘A…

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The Abstinence Teacher: Tom Perotta

Reviewed by Jo Case, editor of Readings Monthly

Tom Perotta is a master of smart suburban satire (Election, Little Children), specialising in hot-button issues at the heart of the American psyche. In *The Abstinence Teache*r, Perotta takes on the …

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