Book Review – LUCKY ALAN And Other Stories by Jonathan Lethem

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Lucky Alan : And Other Stories Synopsis : The incomparable Jonathan Lethem returns with nine stories that demonstrate his mastery of the short form. Jonathan Lethem’s third collection of stories uncovers a father’s nervous breakdown at SeaWorld in “Pending Vegan”; a foundling child rescued from the woods during a blizzard in “Traveler Home”; a political prisoner in […]

Book Review – THE RED HOUSE by Emily Winslow

The Red House by Emily Winslow

The Red House Synopsis : Maxwell is living his worst nightmare when he begins to question whether his fiancée Imogen is his own blood sister, separated by adoption. A visit to Imogen’s birthplace in Cambridge stirs up déjà vu that intensifies his fears. While Detective Chief Inspector Morris Keene languishes at home, struggling with a debilitating injury […]

Book Review – TRIO by Geraldine Wooller

Trio by Geraldine Wooller

Trio Synopsis : Celia, Marcia, and Mickey meet and become friends in London. Searching for work and success in the theatre, they end up sharing a flat and a deep bond of friendship. Set in Italy, London and Australia from the sixties to current times, Trio is the story of their complex personalities and relationships, of the […]

Review – NANOPARTICLES by Charlotte Wood

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Nanoparticles Synopsis : In ‘Nanoparticles’, Lisa cannily observes the people waiting alongside her at the motor registry, from the harried mother of two to the man engrossed in his newspaper. With her characteristically sharp and tender observations, Charlotte Wood examines the smallest things that draw us together and the many larger issues that wrench us apart. (Allen&Unwin) REVIEW […]

Book Review – CAIRO by Chris Womersley

Cairo by Chris Womersley

Cairo Synopsis : At 18, Tom escapes ordinariness in small town Australia for Melbourne and a flat in a strange block named Cairo. There he meets the magnetic Max Cheever, and is drawn into his circle of bohemian artists and dreamers. But soon Tom is ensnared in a plot to steal a million dollar Picasso masterpiece. Among […]

Book Review – ONLY THE ANIMALS by Ceridwen Dovey

Only the Animals by Ceridwen Dovey

Only the Animals Synopsis : In a trench on the Western Front a cat recalls her owner Colette’s theatrical antics in Paris. In Nazi Germany, Himmler’s dog seeks enlightenment. A Russian tortoise once owned by the Tolstoys drifts in space during the Cold War. In the siege of Sarajevo, a bear starving to death tells a […]

Book Review – THE MASTER OF GO by Yasunari Kawabata

The Master of Go by Yasunari Kawabata

The Master of Go Synopsis : Go is a game of strategy in which two players attempt to surround each other’s black or white stones. Simple in its fundamentals, infinitely complex in its execution, it is an essential expression of the Japanese sensibility. And in his fictional chronicle of a match played between a revered and […]

Book Review – CLOUDSTREET by Tim Winton

Cloudstreet by Tim Winton

Cloudstreet Synopsis : Two rural families – the Pickles and the Lambs – flee to the city after separate catastrophes. They find themselves sharing a great, breathing, shuddering joint called Cloudstreet, where they begin their lives again from scratch – and for twenty years, they roister and rankle, laugh and curse until the roof over their heads […]

Book Review – STRANGE WEATHER IN TOKYO by Hiromi Kawakami

Strange Weather in Tokyo by Hiromi Kawakami

Strange Weather in Tokyo Synopsis : Tsukiko is in her late 30s and living alone when one night she happens to meet one of her former high school teachers, ‘Sensei’, in a bar. He is at least thirty years her senior, retired and, she presumes, a widower. After this initial encounter, the pair continue to meet occasionally […]

Book Review – THE GREAT ZOO OF CHINA by Matthew Reilly

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The Great Zoo of China Synopsis : ‘Now, I know what you are thinking,’ Hu Tang paused. ‘You are thinking that there are hundreds of zoos, why does the world need another one? Indeed, what can China do with a zoo that has not already been done before? Ladies and gentleman… this is what we can do.’ […]

Book Review – WHIP SMART, LOLA MONTEZ STARTS A REVOLUTION by Kit Brennan

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Whip Smart, Lola Montez Starts a Revolution Synopsis : A wild and sexy romp through history based on the real-life adventures of the audacious, Lola Montez. In her most flamboyant adventure yet, Lola Montez gallops to Bavaria and on an outrageous dare, seduces King Ludwig I.  The aging royal cannot resist Lola’s fascinating moves as a Spanish dancer, […]

Book Review – BRENNER AND GOD by Wolf Haas

Brenner and God by Wolf Haas

Brenner and God Synopsis : Simon Brenner is an ex-detective who’s now turned to a quieter career as the personal chauffeur for two-year-old Helena, the daughter of a Munich construction giant and a Viennese abortion doctor. One day at the gas station, while Brenner’s attention is turned to picking out a chocolate bar for Helena, the […]