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In short: Non-fiction reviews of Anjelica Huston, Working Stiff, Furphies and Whizz-Bangs, Making Herstory

<i>Watch Me</i>, by Angelica Huston.

Steven Carroll 12:15am Reviews of non-fiction titles from Australia and overseas.

In Short: Fiction by Gregory Maguire, Barbara Nadel, John Grisham, Fiona Higgins

Page-turning: Wife on the Run by Fiona Higgins.

Cameron Woodhead 12:15am Short reviews of fiction titles from Australia and overseas.

How Australia rode through history on the horse's back

Stuck Up. from Illustrated Sydney News. 1870.

Jonathan Green 12:15am Two new books examine the significant role the horse has played in Australian history.

The Skeleton Road by Val McDermid explores politics of place

One of her best: <i>The Skeleton Road</i> by Val McDermid.

Sue Turnbull 12:15am Val McDermid's latest novel deftly links a murder in Edinburgh with war crimes in the Balkans.

Turning Pages: Australian horror writers produce crowd-funded illustrated book

Author Dmetri Kakmi:

Jane Sullivan 12:15am Horror writers struggle to get their work published in Australia but a new anthology showcases two dozen creatives in the genre.

A guide to children's books for Christmas

Funny and fun: <i>Mr Chicken Lands in London</i> by Leigh Hobbs.

Frances Atkinson 12:15am There are masses of children's books available at this time of year. Here's a look at some of the best.

Anson Cameron's hilarious river romp

Vibrantly witty: <i>The Last Pulse</i> by Anson Cameron.

Peter Pierce 12:15am A novel about water rights in the rivers of Australia has many moments of hilarity and the odd one of horror.

Lee Kofman's brave memoir of shedding a life of monogamy

<i>The Dangerous Bride</i> by Lee Kofman.

Claire Scobie 12:15am In challenging the conventional paradigm that non-monogamy inevitably leads to tragedy.

How America won the culture war

William Faulkner: The American writer's influence on Australian author alluded to.

Owen Richardson 12:15am According to Peter Conrad, the United States won the world mainly with sound and images.

David Astle: Experts save a fishy word from extermination

Not a robot: Clue-wise the Daleks are scary to label.

David Astle 12:15am The Daleks threaten worlds; autocorrect threatens words.

Bookmarks: news and stories from the book world


JASON STEGER 12:15am The longest longlist; McFarlane's Voss; Carey's man wins the NBA; speaking out - le Guin and Dan Handler; the Sisters present; and a letter to Kerouac

Love for books and accounts a balancing act for Jane Gleeson-White

Mark Dapin 12:00am Will oranges grow ears? Might surfboards play the piano? Can accountants save the planet? These are questions nobody has thought to ask – until Jane Gleeson-White, author of a highly regarded history of accountancy, tackled the latter query in her most recent book, Six Capitals.

Reviews: Lady Chatterley's Villa; Virginia Woolf - Art, Life and Vision


Colin Steele 11:45pm If D. H. Lawrence's own wife hadn't had an affair, would Lady Chatterley's Lover exist?

Book review: Whose Life is it Anyway?


MEREDITH CLISBY 11:45pm Whose Life Is It Anyway? contains powerful messages and useful advice for all young women embarking on their twenties.

Book review: The Peaceful People, by Paul Malone


Stephen Saunders 11:45pm Murder, massacre, deforestation, displacement - the plight of the Penan in Borneo has been a unjust battle since the 1960s.

Book reviews: Strange Country; 100 Moments in Australian Painting


Sasha Grishin 11:45pm Two profusely illustrated books have appeared, both offering an account of the past couple of centuries of Australian painting.

Book review: Australia Under Surveillance, by Frank Moorhouse


Alison Broinowski 11:45pm What does ASIO protect us from? Frank Moorhouse's Australia Under Surveillance leaves some questions unanswered.

Litbits: Canberra's literary diary for the week of November 29

New book: <i>The Peaceful People: The Penan and Their Fight for the Forest</i> by Paul Malone.

KAREN HARDY 11:45pm Australian journalist Paul Malone will talk about his new book The Peaceful People at the Asia Bookroom.


The Cunning Man: Peter Stanley reveals why war is a bizarre human phenomenon

Peter Stanley enjoys illuminating history.

Nigel Featherstone 11:45pm The author's work to illuminate history is formidable. Nigel Featherstone talks to him about turning truth on its head and his latest book.


Wonder Woman's secret feminist history revealed

Lynda Carter as Wonder Woman

Darryn King 11:45pm A new book unveils the true origins of the superhero with the beauty of Aphrodite, the wisdom of Athena, the strength of Hercules and the speed of Mercury.

Top 10 INDEPENDENTS: Bestsellers

The Long Haul, by Jeff Kinney.

11:45pm Bestselling titles at independent bookshops

Victoria and Tony 4, a poem by Jennifer Maiden

Jennifer Maiden 11:45pm A poem by prize-winning poet Jennifer Maiden

Literary events in Melbourne

11:45pm The best book launches and readings to attend.

My Secret Sydney: Tamar Chnorhokian

Debut novel: Author Tamar Chnorhokian at the University of Western Sydney Bankstown campus.

NICOLE ELPHICK 11:45pm Tamar Chnorhokian's flair for the poetic helped her realise her passion for writing.

Children's author's Christmas story decorates David Jones windows

Deer's tale: Sydney children's writer Ursula Dubosarsky with the reindeer that inspired her story told in the David Jones Christmas windows this year.

Jacqui Taffel 11:45pm Award-winning author Ursula Dubosarsky's story of a toy reindeer reflects our immigrant origins.

Night Games author Anna Krien wins $41,000 William Hill Sports Book of the Year award

Prize winner: <em>Night Games</em>.

Sam Holden Melbourne author Anna Krien has become the second woman to land the William Hill Sports Book of the Year award in its 26-year history.

British crime writer P.D. James dead at age 94

Prolific: James's books, many featuring sleuth Adam Dalgliesh, sold millions in many countries and most were just as popular when adapted for television.

British crime writer P.D. James, creator of fictional detective Adam Dalgliesh, has died at the age of 94, her agent said on Thursday.

Undercover: Clare Wright wins again and the ABC loses poetry

Winner: Clare Wright

SUSAN WYNDHAM Cheers to the Nib winner; new award for Fiona McFarlane; elegy for ABC poetry; help for readers

Five authors to see at Supanova

Fans of Robin Hobb's fantasy books include George R.R. Martin.

Lucy Smith The line up of stars from popular movies and TV shows are always the most hyped guests at the Supanova Pop Culture Expo.



Pantless Winnie the Pooh banned from Polish playground

Winnie the Pooh

SARAH THOMAS Children's favourite Winnie the Pooh has been banned from decorating a children's playground for being 'half-dressed'.

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Gender imbalance in HSC English texts criticised

Imbalance: Camilla Nelson, of the University of Notre Dame, questions why most texts authorised for study in years 11 and 12 were written by men.

LINDA MORRIS Women writers are outnumbered by their male counterparts on the new HSC English reading list.

Fiction and non-fiction book reviews in brief


Thuy On The story of sexual disease in World War 1 Australian troops is told in The Secrets of the Anzacs, reviewed in brief by Thuy On.

Review: Outline by Rachel Cusk

Rachel Cusk: Characters emerge slowly.

Ross Southernwood Athens is the setting for Rachel Cusk's impressive latest novel.

Books that changed me: Fiona McIntosh

Adventurer: Fiona McIntosh credits author Bryce Courtenay with inspiring her to travel and later to become a novelist.

Fiona McIntosh was born in England, spent her childhood in West Africa and lives in Adelaide but prefers to write in the solitude of southern Tasmania. After a career in the travel industry, she writes full-time. Nightingale, her 28th novel for adults, is published by Michael Joseph.

Wychwood: one of the world's most magical gardens in Tasmania

Spectacular: From Wychwood by Karen Hall and Peter Cooper.


Book reviews: The Beat Goes On, Poisoned Ground, Missing

Take Three dinkus

Reviewer: Jeff Popple Jeff Popple searches out three of the latest and best crime fiction.

Matthew Reilly back to his best with The Great Zoo of China

Animal fever: Matthew Reilly says zoos have fascinated him since he was a small boy.

KAREN HARDY A book about a zoo has long been simmering in the fertile mind of Australia's high-octane action writer.

Stella Young's letter to herself at 80 years old

Stella Young: The assumption is that people like us die young.

Stella Young I learned the truth at 17. That I was not wrong for the world I live in.

Michel Faber on the writing of his final novel

Final tribute: <i>The Book of Strange Things</i>, by Michel Faber.

Alexandra Alter Michael Faber's new novel, which he says will be his last, was informed by the knowledge that his partner Eva was dying.

Review: Sapiens

Judgement day: <i>Sapiens</i> by Yuval Noah Harari covers the history of humanity in 416 pages.

Glyn Davis As a history of humanity, Yuval Noah Harari's book is engaging, provocative and compelling.

Review: A Bone of Fact

Lavish and quirky: <i>A Bone of Fact</i>, by David Walsh.

Patricia Anderson David Walsh tells how he made millions and started his extraordinary MONA collection.

In praise of perfect prose

Back in print: Author James  Salter in Paris in 1999.

Kevin Rabalais Considered a great post-war American writer, James Salter is seeing his books republished.

Review: In the Company of Cowards.

When politics trumps the law: <i>In the Company of Cowards</i> by Michael Mori.

DANIEL FLITTON Michael Mori tells his story of the struggle to get David Hicks released.

In short: Reviews of non-fiction

Contemptuous and jaded: <i>Love Becomes a Funeral Pyre</i> by Mick Wall.

Fiona Capp Short reviews of non-fiction titles from Australia and overseas.

In Short: Fiction by Meg Wolitzer, Keigo Higashino, Kirsty Gunn, Anthony Horowitz

Vivid: The best thing about Belzhar, by Meg Wolitzer is the surprise ending.

Kerryn Goldsworthy Short reviews of fiction from Australia and overseas.

Confessions of a middlebrow reader

Afraid: Virginia Woolf recoiled from the term 'middlebrow' in horror and anger.

Jane Sullivan Stand shoulder to shoulder with me, fellow middlebrows, because we're changing the literary world.

Review: Bapo

Sinophile: Nicholas Jose is our most eloquent commentator on Chinese art, culture and recent history.

Andrew Riemer Nicholas Jose uses a Chinese visual technique as the foundation for his elliptical stories.

Queen Victoria defies her biographers

Domestic realm: Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in 1860.

Lucy Sussex New accounts of the monarch's life by Roland Perry and A.N. Wilson both fail to satisfy.

Wordplay: David Astle

David Astle's Dinkus

David Astle Reducing messages to minimal forms is not a modern fad; a bed of drying clay is as urgent as a blinking cursor.

Review: Gallipoli

Admirable book: <i>Gallipoli</i>, by Peter FitzSimons.

Ross Fitzgerald Peter FitzSimons delves deep into the Gallipoli campaign and the fateful steps that led ANZAC soldiers to devastation.



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