July 2022

General Fiction

The Registrar by Neela Janakiramanan

Reviewed by Antonella Townsend The Registrar reads like a report from the trenches of an unremitting war. Thinly disguised as a novel, Dr. Neela Janakiramanan has written about her experiences as a trainee surgeon. Dr Neela Janakiramanan is a reconstructive plastic surgeon with expertise in hand and wrist surgery.  She has worked extensively in both

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Fantasy/Science Fiction

Blade Breaker by Victoria Aveyard

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Victoria Aveyard was born and raised in East Longmeadow, Massachusetts but moved to Los Angeles to earn a BFA in screenwriting at the University of Southern California. She writes both books and sheet music. Aveyard’s Blade Breaker shows that she has the breadth of vision to imagine and produce a hefty

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General Fiction

It All Comes Down To This by Therese Anne Fowler

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Therese Anne Fowler is a contemporary American author, best known for her novels about strong women from history whose stories either have been mistold or are largely untold. She took advantage of the shutdowns during the pandemic to try her hand at something different; and tells the reader at the beginning

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Author Events

Frank Chalmers – Conviction Monday 18 July 2022 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM In store at Avid Reader Bookshop / ZOOM Online A town ruled by fear. A cop who won’t be broken. Ben Hobson is in-conversation with Frank Chalmers discussing his crime novel Conviction. A pulse-pounding debut thriller that pulls no punches. Queensland in 1976

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Crime/Mystery

Upgrade by Blake Crouch

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Blake Crouch is not only a novelist but a screenwriter as well. His books reveal a distinctively visual effect. He raises the question: what would be the effect on the human body if man were capable of accessing the next stage in human evolution? In the book under discussion, he proposes

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Crime/Mystery

Lying Beside You by Michael Robotham

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Readers can always rely on a fast-paced, intelligently-written and interesting thriller when Michael Robotham posts a new book. Following on When She Was Good and When You Are Mine comes his latest publication Lying Beside You, a thriller involving the kidnapping of young women. The advertising on the covers does its

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Young Adult

The Rider on the Bridge by Scott Pearce

Reviewed by Rod McLary This engaging novel, The Rider on the Bridge, opens with the narrator re-telling a story told to him of a young boy riding his bike – for a fee – blindfolded across a bridge.  The narrator informs the reader that ‘the absence of truth does not diminish the story’ [8]; the

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Children

The World’s Worst Pets by David Walliams

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve David Walliams never fails to strike an irresistible and funny chord with young children. His latest series of books, including The World’s Worst Parents, The World’s Worst Teachers and The World’s Worst Children, have sold millions of copies and establishes him as one of the most successful children’s writers of all

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Ned Kelly Awards 2022

Shortlist for the 2022 Ned Kelly Awards. The shortlisted titles in two of the categories are: Best debut crime fiction Sweet Jimmy (Bryan Brown, A&U) * Shadow Over Edmund Street (Suzanne Frankham, Journey to Words Publishing) Cutters End (Margaret Hickey, Penguin) Banjawarn (Josh Kemp, UWA Publishing) * Best crime fiction The Enemy Within (Tim Ayliffe, S&S) The Others (Mark Brandi, Hachette)

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science

Of Marsupials and Men by Alistair Paton

Reviewed by Ian Lipke Imagine a nineteenth-century artist whose pet wombat slept on his dinner table or a twentieth-century scientist tasked with a top-secret mission to deliver a platypus to Winston Churchill at the height of World War II. Unusual, fascinating, inspiring and mostly unknown anecdotes from the story of the Australian bush fill much

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General Fiction

Galatea by Madeline Miller

Reviewed by Rod McLary Madeline Miller’s Galatea is a re-telling of the Greek myth in which the king Pygmalion has fallen in love with a statue he made with his own hands.  In answer to his prayers, the goddess Aphrodite brought the statue Galatea to life and she and Pygmalion married.  Subsequently, they have a

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Crime/Mystery

A Spoonful of Murder by J. M. Hall

Reviewed by Wendy Lipke Milk, two sugars and a dead body… A Spoonful of Murder is the first novel by primary school deputy head, J. M. Hall. He had previously written plays for theatre and radio across the UK. His full-time job, no doubt, gave him many models on whom to base his three retired

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General Fiction

Random Acts of Unkindness by Anna Mandoki

Reviewed by Patricia Simms-Reeve Melbourne in 2030 has changed into a city which many had predicted earlier in the century. Climate extremes, war, poverty and loneliness bring intense heat, frequent torrential rain, abandoned buildings; and, to the north, Indonesia in the grip of civil war. No longer does it qualify as “the world’s most liveable

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