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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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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 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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American Journeys: Don Watson

Reviewed by Mark Rubbo, Managing Director of Readings

American Journeys is a very, very fine book. In 2005, Watson spent almost six months on and off criss-crossing America, across the Amtrak tracks and its roads and highways. Watson’s America is not th…

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The Medici Secret: Michael White

Reviewed by Judith Loriente, Readings Hawthorn

When a group of scientists begins working on the Medici Project, and studying the remains of the great Florentine family, a chain of intrigue and dangerous secrets is triggered off. Forty years earli…

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Trip of a Lifetime: Liz Byrski

Reviewed by Judith Loriente, Readings Hawthorn

Leaving her Newcastle office one afternoon, Heather Delaney, a parliamentarian, is shot in the shoulder, the apparent victim of an assassination attempt. A somewhat controversial politician, there se…

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Twenty Fragments of a Ravenous Youth: Xiaolu Guo

Reviewed by Michelle Calligaro, Assistant Manager of Readings Carlton

Fenfang is the feisty and darkly funny ‘ravenous youth’ of Guo’s story, who craves both richer food and life beyond the fields of sweet potatoes that are her destiny in Ginger Hill Village, Zhejiang …

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The Postman: Antonio Skarmeta

Reviewed by Jason Austin, Assistant Buyer at Readings Carlton

First published in Spanish in 1985 then in English in ‘87, Norton have reissued The Postman for those that either missed it the first time around, like myself, or for those that want to revisit Isla …

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Now You See Him: Eli Gottleib

Reviewed by Jo Case, editor of Readings Monthly

With a glowing endorsement from Ann Patchett and word of mouth spreading in the blogosphere and the publishing industry, Now You See Him is poised to be the next sleeper hit of the literary world. (O…

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