They Is Us by Tama Janowitz

Cautionary tale of America’s apocalyptic future Sunday Business Post, 01 March 2009 America may have elected its new president and laid the foundations of its future on a wave of hope – but, as Tama Janowitz’s fascinating and prophetic new novel warns us, its situation may already be hopeless. Set at the end of the […]

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The Glass Room by Simon Mawer

Engaging Tale Of A Chilling Place In Time  Sunday Business Post, 25th January 2009 Simon Mawer ‘s powerful and elegiac new novel centres on mankind’s simple but vital need for a place to call home.On their honeymoon in Venice in 1929, the cultured, wealthy couple Viktor and Liesel Landauer meet a maverick architect called Rainer […]

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Book Review: The Numerati – How They’ll Get My Number And Yours, by Stephen Baker

Sunday Business Post, 16th November 2008 How the digital dungeon has imprisoned us all We are all Winston Smith. We are the office functionaries in a new, global Ministry of Truth, where our phonecalls, purchases and blog-postings can all become important fodder for statisticians around the world. These statisticians are known as the ‘Numerati’. Business […]

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Book Review: The Complete Book of Mothers-In-Law – A Celebration by Luisa Dillner

The Sunday Business Post, October 26, 2008 A witty and overdue celebration of the uncelebrated ‘There was a knock at the door; I knew it was the wife’s mother, because the mice were throwing themselves on the traps.” So said the late, great Les Dawson, a man whose name was practically synonymous with the mother-in-law […]

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Book Review: Disquiet by Julia Leigh

Sunday Business Post, 1 June 2008 Australian author Julia Leigh’s rich novella centres upon the unsettling reunion of a fragmented family in the surroundings of a rambling French chateau. After a 12-year estrangement from her family, Olivia unexpectedly returns to the family seat with her two young children, Andrew and Lucy. The otherwise statuesque woman’s […]

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