Page 6 of our reviews

The Death Of Vivek Oji by Akwaeke Emezi

The Death Of Vivek Oji is the third novel from Nigerian-born Igbo and Tamil author Akwaeke Emezi in as many years. It opens with the death of Vivek Oji and, with graceful deftness, weaves back and fo…

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The Living Sea of Waking Dreams by Richard Flanagan

Families are funny things; they can be the source of great strength, but also great cruelties, humiliations, and sadness. In a soulless Hobart hospital, Francie’s three adult children gather round he…

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Earthlings by Sayaka Murata

Sayaka Murata has really ramped it up with Earthlings. Her newly translated novel shares themes with Convenience Store Woman; Murata again writes about people who can’t or won’t meet society’s expect…

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Song of the Crocodile by Nardi Simpson

Song of the Crocodile was the winner of the 2018 blak&write! writing fellowship, which serves to find and develop outstanding unpublished manuscripts by Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander writers. …

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Windows by Patrick Guest & Jonathan Bentley

No doubt, there will be a number of books published in the wake of our year of lockdown, but none quite so beautiful or pitch perfect as this one. As a variety of solitary children in very different …

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The Secret Life of Stars by Lisa Harvey-Smith & Eirian Chapman

I usually prefer fiction and was delighted by how much I loved Lisa Harvey-Smith’s Under the Stars: Astrophysics for Bedtime and looked forward to her next book, The Secret Life of Stars: Astrophysic…

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Mantel Pieces by Hilary Mantel

On the 4th February 2013, two-time Booker Prize–winner Hilary Mantel gave a speech at the British Museum for a London Review of Books event. The speech was entitled ‘Royal Bodies: From Anne Boleyn to…

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The Devil and the Dark Water by Stuart Turton

In the seventeenth century, the East India Trading Company has a tight grip on the world. Those who sail as merchants rule absolutely, and everyone who works for them is ruthless, amoral, and evil. S…

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Future Girl by Asphyxia

Written by Deaf artist and writer Asphyxia, Future Girl is a remarkable Own Voices story about a Deaf girl, set in a near-future inner-city Melbourne where food security is under threat. Portrayed as…

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Julián at the Wedding by Jessica Love

Do you remember Julián is a Mermaid? It’s one of the finest picture books of the past few years and a staff favourite at Readings. Now, Julián and Marisol are going to be in a wedding!

We meet the…

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