Their Lips Talk Of Mischief

I should work in a bookstore.

Alan Warner
Faber/Allen & Unwin
Published October 2014
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providing this book for an honest
review. This did not influence my 
review in any way.

I’m just going to state this straight up, no flowery sentences or beating around the bush: I really disliked these characters! Llewellyn and Cunningham, they’re only 21, but both are stuck up and pretentious, believing the world owes them everything though they have made no contribution to it whatsoever. They both live on government welfare, some of it ill begotten, along with Llewellyn’s young wife Aiofe and baby daughter Lily, the former who Cunningham is increasingly attracted to. They wax on and on about how they’re going to write the greatest novel of their time, yet all they do is drink beer or spirits or whatever they can find and talk about the great novels they’re going to write. They don’t work, they don’t help themselves. They are very easy to dislike.

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Half the World in Winter

I really need to paint that bookshelf don’t I?

Maggie Joel
Allen & Unwin
Published October 2014
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providing this book for an honest
review. This did not influence my 
review in any way.

It is 1880s London, and the Jarmyn family are coming out of deep mourning for the youngest member of their household, nine-year-old Sofia, after a terrible accident. Each member of the family is struggling – head of the family Lucas, his wife Aurora, eldest son Bill at Oxford, newly eighteen year old Dinah, younger sons Gus and Jack who were left out of it all – and it seems only their housekeeper Mrs. Logan is able to keep them all together. Six months later, another nine-year-old girl has died and it’s on the railway that Lucas owns. Her father Thomas travels to London for explanation and justice and the future of the two families collides.

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The Prophecy of Bees

R.S Pateman
Hachette
Published 25th November 21014
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providing this book via Netgalley for 
an honest review. This did not influence
my review in any way.

CREEPY ALERT. This was a fun read. I like to be creeped out. I like to be kept guessing and wondering, even if I end up second guessing everything I thought about the book in the end and then to have it all turned around. Then, listen for it, that shout of “I KNEW IT!” This is why you shouldn’t watch movies with me. If I’m like this when I read, just imagine what I’m like when I’m with other people (clue: can never shut up).

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A Sudden Light

On the red vinyl chairs of the university library where I wrote my review

Garth Stein
Simon & Schuster AU
Published October 2014
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providing this book for an honest
review. This did not influence my 
review in any way.

A Sudden Light is a story about love, loss, regret and a ghost that spans over generations of the Riddell family. The Riddell House, where fourteen-year-old Trevor’s grandfather and aunt live – who he has never met before the summer of 1990 – has been in the family since the early 1900s when it was built by Trevor’s great-great-grandfather and is full of mystery, deception and family secrets. Feeling the weight of his parents’ ‘trial separation’ after they become bankrupt, Trevor sets out to put the story together and uncover the hidden truths of his family. As he does, he realises that they are not alone in Riddell House.

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Wolf In White Van [with Audiobook Extract]


This cover’s a bit trippy but I like it.

John Darnielle
Scribe
Published 28th October 2014

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providing this book in exchange
for an honest review. This did not
alter my review in any way.

Thank you to Macmillan Audio for providing
the audio clip at the bottom of this review.

scroll down for audiobook extract from ‘wolf of white van’

Wow. This book has just – surprised me. I just – wow. I’ve been reading so many good books and giving out such favourable reviews lately you guys are going to think I’m getting soft. But this one, it is really good.

It is also very different. It wasn’t what I thought it was going to be, instead it was something much better, something intriguing, suspenseful and unlike anything else I have ever read. And it just left me wondering, trying to turn over such an unfathomable thing in my mind.

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The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared

Jonas Jonasson
Allen & Unwin
Published 12th September 2012 (in Australia)
Gifted by Allen & Unwin (thank you!)

The One Hundred Year Old Man Who Climbed Out The Window and Disappeared – this title pretty much wraps up the book. My friend started to ask me what it was about, saw the title, and was like “ah. I got it.” But the question on everyone’s lips – the director of the nursing home, the police, the media – is where did he go?

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Reluctantly Charmed

Ellie O'Neill
Simon & Schuster Australia
Published 1st October 2014
 
 Thank you to Simon & Schuster Australia
 for providing me with this book in exchange for 
an honest review. This did not influence
 my review in any way.

I finished Reluctantly Charmed in the midst of a wicked hangover while on a train. While I had been reading, I forgot that every bump in the ride made me want to throw up and that my head was spinning. I just concentrated on the words and when I made it to the end, I had to start it all over again. Needless to say, a book that can make me forget about my painful hangover (self-inflicted, yes) is a pretty damn good book.

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