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Book Reviews


Jasper Jones by Craig Silvey

Reviewed 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’ve already read it, and I don&rsqu... (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 long for me to get through it. Well rewar... (continued)

How I Live Now by Meg Rosoff

Reviewed by Berkelouw Paddington

KISSING COUSINS IN A WAR ZONE How I Live Now – Meg Rosoff Review 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. ... (continued)

The Finkler Question by Howard Jacobson

Reviewed by Berkelouw Paddington

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 ... (continued)

How It Feels by Brendan Cowell

Reviewed by Berkelouw Paddington

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 addit... (continued)