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Book Reviews


Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Review by Cath Shaw, Berkelouw Paddington I’ve been watching sales of Jasper Jones over the past two years with interest. Very late one night (we close at midnight on weekends) a breathless, long-haired, skateboarding teenager galloped into the shop and asked for a copy. He said, “I&... (continued)

I Love Macarons by Hisako Ogita

Review by Claire Brill and Rachel Burke, Berkelouw Newtown The title of this marvellous book speaks for itself; we do Love Macarons, and so should you. Have you ever walked into your kitchen and wanted to bake a scrumptious batch of macarons but been afraid of how many steps would be involved in... (continued)

Bourke Street Bakery by Paul Allam and David McGuinness

Review by Claire Brill and Rachel Burke, Berkelouw Newtown We once thought it was strange that the people of Surry Hills lined up on a Saturday morning to buy baked goods on Bourke Street, but having done so ourselves one fateful Saturday morning our lives were never the same again. This cook bo... (continued)

The Passage by Justin Cronin

Reviewed by Cath Shaw, Berkelouw Paddington Wow. Unlike Stephen King who tends to take, um, a little time in setting the mood and tone in his books, Cronin is all about action. There is no speed reading in this novel, as every word counts; which, given the size of it, explains why it took so lo... (continued)

Blind Faith by Ben Elton

It was after seeing an interview with Ben Elton on Kerri-Anne Kennerley during his book tour about two years that I promptly shut down both Facebook and Myspace accounts, and I have never looked back. In the interview Elton voiced his concerns that the social networking phenomena was having a di... (continued)

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

KISSING COUSINS IN A WAR ZONE How I Live Now – Meg RosoffReview by Cath Shaw, Berkelouw Paddington “Just write a terrific book and someone will read it,” Meg Rosoff’s agent told her after the author voiced concerns about her debut novel, How I Live Now. Simple advice ca... (continued)

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson

Many customers have approached our staff a little wary of the 2010 Booker Prize winner. Several have expressed their concern about the buzz surrounding it, being of the highbrow genre, and although intrigued, they are ultimately unconvinced The Finkler Question will be a sound purchase. It is not... (continued)

How It Feels by Brendan Cowell

Brendan Cowell is all the rage at the moment. It seems as if one cannot open any weekend newspaper or magazine without coming across a feature article about him. And rightly so: he is clearly a talent whose versatility has seen him shine on our television screens and in feature films, in addition... (continued)