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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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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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Beijing Confidential: Jan Wong

Reviewed by Michael Awasoga-Samuel, Readings Carlton

Jan Wong, a Canadian foreign correspondent, not only lived in Beijing at the height of the Cultural Revolution as a young Maoist (she studied at the Beijing University), but she was also a foreign c…

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Addition: Toni Jordan

Reviewed by Chris Gordon, Readings Events Coordinator

We all have our quirks and view of the world that can lead us into trouble, or out. Here, Toni Jordan, first-time local author, has used a romantic framework to explain a particular affliction of the…

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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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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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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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