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Belinda Burns

Belinda Burns reviews 'Paradise Updated' by Mic Looby

November 2009, no. 316 01 November 2009
Paradise Updated, Mic Looby’s first novel, is a scathing satire on the tourism industry, in particular the guidebook business. Looby, who worked for many years as an editor and author at Lonely Planet, seems to know his stuff; his novel reads like a thinly veiled dig at his former employer, now a global enterprise. Paradise Updated is witty, slick and funny in parts. Looby’s imagination goes ... (read more)

Belinda Burns reviews 'The Unscratchables' by Anthony O'Neill

July-August 2009, no. 313 31 August 2022
A crime novel worth its chops, Anthony O’Neill’s highly original The Unscratchables is narrated by tough cop Crusher McNash, a fearless bull terrier detective who is determined to solve a chain of gruesome murders in dogland. Enter Cassisus Lap, a sophisticated Siamese with smarts, and together the odd couple bite off more than your average number of plot twists and dead-end alleys. The tale ( ... (read more)