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Cat Power - Jukebox

Reviewed by Esther Van Doornum, Readings Carlton

À la The Covers Album of 2000, Jukebox covers tracks by musical legends such as Nina Simone and James Brown. This is the first album Cat Power, aka Chan Marshall, has made with her band the Dirty Del…

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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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Eating Lolly

Reviewed by Sally Keighery, Program Coordinator of CAE Book Groups

Margaret is 18 years old and already pregnant when her parents send her to live in a tumbledown beach shack on a remote island. Alone for the first time in her life she is forced to reinvent her past…

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People Of The Book: Geraldine Brooks

Reviewed by Sally Madsen, Carlton Readings

Pulitzer prize winning Australian author Geraldine Brooks (March, Year of Wonders) has written another cracker of a book. The central artefact of the book is the so-called Sarajevo Haggadah, a 500-ye…

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Garden Of Evil

Reviewed by Sharon Nebel, Readings HawthornSharon Nebel, Readings Hawthorn

A beautiful art expert from the Louvre is found dead in an art studio hidden in the lanes and alleys of Rome. Beside her, an ageing pickpocket is also dead, both of them in front of an unknown Carava…

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Michael Jackson: Thriller (25th Anniversary)

Reviewed by Mark Luffman, Readings Malvern

Hard to imagine, but for a teenage listener today Michael Jackson’s Thriller is buried deeper in the mists of time than Elvis Presley’s ‘56 sessions were for me when I started buying music. Will this…

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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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The Anatomist

Reviewed by Maloti Ray, freelance reviewer

The anatomy textbook written by Henry Gray, with stunning engravings by Henry Vandyke Carter, was first published in 1858. Never since out of print, now in its 37th edition, available in a dozen-plus…

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His Illegal Self: Peter Carey

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo, Managing Director of Readings

Seven-year-old Che lives with his wealthy grandmother in upstate New York. It’s the late sixties and Che’s mother and father are members of a radical wing of Students for a Democratic Society, fugiti…

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Beyond Sacred

Reviewed by Margaret Snowdon, Art & Design Buyer at Readings Carlton

A comprehensive, visually stunning survey of recent Aboriginal art. Ranging across Western Australia and the Northern Territory, from the well-known art centres of Papunya and Utopia to the lesser kn…

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