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Measures: A poem by Nguyen Tien Hoang

Quill pen ink bottle.

Nguyen Tien Hoang 12:15am Measures: A poem by Nguyen Tien Hoang

Jonathan Galassi: The publisher turned novelist

<i>Muse</i> by Jonathan Galassi.

Andrew Purcell 12:15am Jonathan Galassi is justifiably proud of his stellar career as a publisher and his first novel is full of his love for the world of books.

The Subject of Feeling review: Peter Rose's collection has wit and humanity

<i>The Subject of Feeling</i> by Peter Rose.

Peter Craven 12:15am Peter Rose mixes his subjects and approaches in his latest collection of poetry, which displays his skill with language and examination of human feeling.

The Other Side of the World review: a meditation on the longing for home

Fluid yet precise prose: <i>The Other Side of the World</i> by Stephanie Bishop.

Dorothy Johnston 12:15am The Other Side of the World is an extended meditation on the longing for home, as well as a love story between a man and a woman, parents and their children.

Everything is Teeth: A graphic family memoir with bite

<i>Everything is Teeth</i> by Evie Wyld with illustrations by Joe Sumner.

Robert Drewe 12:15am As a genuine memoir, Wyld's frank, suspenseful, charming and often poetic musings, mirrored by Joe Sumner's delicately abstract and violently realistic cartoons, encompass childhood anxieties beyond sharks.

China Rich Girlfriend review: Kevin Kwan continues his satires of the fabulously wealthy

<i>China Rich Girlfriend</i> by Kevin Kwan.

Daniel Herborn 12:15am The laugh-out-loud moments come thick and fast in Kevin Kwan's follow-up to Crazy Rich Asians.

Short reviews: Gavin McCrea, Anna Funder, Jackie French and Deborah Moggach

<i>Mrs Engels</i> By Gavin McCrea

Kerryn Goldsworthy 12:15am Short reviews of fiction by Gavin McCrea, Anna Funder, Jackie French and Deborah Moggach

Reviews of Vera Wasowski, Terry Smyth, Polly Vernon and Cheryl Critchley

<i>Why Did they Do It?</i> 
By Cheryl Critchley and Helen McGrath

Reviews by Steven Carroll 12:15am Short reviews of non-fiction by Vera Wasowski, Terry Smyth, Polly Vernon and Cheryl Critchley and Helen McGrath.

Turning Pages: Why authors like to kill off their characters


Jane Sullivan 12:15am There's often something of an uproar when an author kills one of his or her creations, but there's usually a good reason for it.


The World Without Us review: Mireille Juchau's fine novel of grief and nature

<i>The World Without Us</i> by Mireille Juchau.

Andrew Riemer 12:15am The World Without Us transcends the potential banality of its material because of the strength and poise of Juchau's writing.

Australia's Boldest Experiment: Stuart Macintyre on post-war reconstruction

<i>Australia's Boldest Experiment</i> by Stuart Macintyre.

Beverley Kingston 12:15am Stuart Macintyre has produced a detailed and impressive account of the period in the '40s when a group of economists tried to rebuild Australia in the aftermath of the Second World War.

LAPD '53 review: James Ellroy delves into the crime scene archives

<i>LAPD `53</i> by James Ellroy and Glynn Martin.

Owen Richardson 12:15am James Ellroy's paeans to the Los Angeles cops of 1953 throb with a power-worship largely unfound outside thirties fascist propaganda or certain kinds of gay porn.

Patrick Modiano novellas review: Adrift in Paris with a Kafka-like mood

Adrift in Paris.

Simon Caterson 12:15am Paris looms as the shared backdrop to Little Jewel and Paris Nocturne – massive and monumentally indifferent to the lives of its inhabitants - an urban theatre of quiet desperation.

Bookmarks: News and views from the book world


JASON STEGER 12:15am The push to collect GST on overseas online sales; Pearson keeping its PRH slice; Boris Johnson bags the Bard; Geraldine Brooks' double, and anarchists' delight.

Book reviews: Normal, by Graeme Cameron, and A Time to Run, by JM Peace


Jeff Popple 11:45pm Two new thrillers make for gripping reading on cold winter nights.

The Faithful Couple review: Narrative flows, but story falters a little


Mark Thomas 11:45pm There's enough to sustain a reader's interest, but certainly not enough to convert this story into Snowdrops II.

What Pet Should I Get? is new Dr Seuss book, but who is the man behind the name?


Jessica Contrera 11:45pm Who would have believed the story of how Dr Seuss came to be such a famous figure.

Reading Harper Lee

Visiting Maycomb County: an Australian reading Harper Lee in the Deep South

A May 2010 photo of Harper Lee at her assisted living room in Monroeville, Alabama.

Rob Ashton 8:24pm My weekend in Maycomb County gave me a deeper understanding of Mockingbird. That would not have happened without the release of Go Set A Watchman and the accompanying controversy.

Man Booker Prize longlist has more Americans than British writers

Marilynne Robinson is one of five American novelists on the Man Booker Prize longlist.

SUSAN WYNDHAM A year after Richard Flanagan's win with The Narrow Road to the Deep North, no Australian novelists made it onto the longlist for the Man Booker Prize - the first step towards winning the £50,000 prize in October.

Bookstore windfall

World's biggest selling author James Patterson showers gifts on Australian bookstores

Sharing the love: Best-selling author James Patterson donates $100,000 to Australian and New Zealand booksellers.

LINDA MORRIS It's a drop in the ocean but Australian independent booksellers are grateful for James Patterson's donation of $100,000 towards the cause of children's literacy.

Tim Winton dives back into memoir – 25 years after his first dip

Tim Winton's <i>Island Home: A Landscape Memoir</i> will be published in September.

JASON STEGER Tim Winton's new book will examine his relationship with the land that has formed his ideas and shaped his writing.

Top 10 bestsellers in Australia

Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee

The bestselling books from around Australia

How the sunshine returned to Jeremy Oxley

<i>Here Comes the Sun</i> by Jeremy Oxley and Mary Oxley Griffiths.

Owen Richardson In the early 1980s Sydney band the Sunnyboys had the look and sound of the next big thing, but they broke up after a couple of records.

The Bookshop: Thuy On reviews books by David Suzuki, Osamah Sami, Nova Weetman, and C. G. Esperanza

<i>Good Muslim Boy</i>, by Osamah Sami.

Thuy On A contemplative look at the world; a memoir by a not-so-good Muslim boy; a young adults' novel about friendship; and a riotous picture book for toddlers.

Books that changed me: Laura Lippman

Author Laura Lippman.

The American author reveals the books that changed her.

Barrister turned novelist John Tesarsch reveals battle of wills

Balancing the setbacks: Author John Tesarsch.

SUSAN WYNDHAM Conflict over an inheritance can bring out the worst in families.

Take three

Take three reviews: Relativity, In the Quiet, Six Degrees

Take Three dinkus

KAREN HARDY A quick flick through three new Australian works of fiction.

Kin review: Nick Brodie's richly multilayered tale of Australia's development


Ross Fitzgerald Throughout Kin, Nick Brodie skilfully interweaves European contact with Aboriginal and Islander peoples, as well as examining the experiences of various non-Anglo-Celtic immigrant groups, including the Chinese.

The Fish Ladder review: Katherine Norbury's cathartic voyage along a river

<i>The Fish Ladder</i> by Katherine Norbury.

Gregory Day In Katherine Norbury's nature memoir The Fish Ladder, grief, identity and the longing for the natural and pure, all form part of a decision to follow the course of a river in England to its source.

John Tesarsch review: Another gripping novel to keep you up late at night

<i>The Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman</i>, by John Tesarsch.

Kerryn Goldsworthy As with his excellent debut novel, The Philanthropist, John Tesarsch again makes extensive use of his professional experience in the fields of music and law to produce a compelling plot and a cast of complex characters.

Authorisms: Jane Austen and the origins of baseball

Like T.S. Eliot, P.G. Wodehouse was a lousy word-coiner. Graphic: John Shakespeare

David Astle To read or not to read? That's the dilemma we face when weighing an unknown book in our hands. How can we suss the contents, the calibre, the story's staying power? A friend of mine does the page 99 test, flicking to that point to sample a paragraph. If the writing rocks, she's off to the register.

Book reviews: Non-fiction by Samer Nashef, Jane Cornwell, Rodney Croome & Steve Hilton

More Human
By Steve Hilton

Fiona Capp Short reviews of non-fiction books by Samer Nashef, Jane Cornwell, Rodney Croome and Steve Hilton

Elena Ferrante review: Three novellas that show the Neapolitan's development

<i>The Days of Abandonment</i>, by Elena Ferrante.

Andrew Riemer I have the decidedly unfashionable conviction that writing of the first order – and Elena Ferrante is an outstanding writer – transcends the limitations of gender, just as it is capable of transcending the barriers of class and even those of language.

The Seven Good Years review: Etgar Keret focuses on daily life in Israel

<i>The Seven Good Years</i>,
by Etgar Keret.

Antony Loewenstein This is not a book about the Israeli/Palestinian conflict. Etgar Keret is an acute observer of daily life and countless stories in this witty collection reflect his ability to dissect the neurosis that's common among today's Israelis.

Turning Pages:


Jane Sullivan Sofie Laguna and Emily Bitto, both celebrated ''new voices'', talked about the struggle involved in combining writing with other essential work.

In Short fiction reviews: Louis Armand, J.P. Smythe, Sarah Winman and Trent Jamieson

Abacus, by Louis Armand.

Cameron Woodhead Short reviews of novels by Louis Armand, J.P. Smythe, Sarah Winman and Trent Jamieson

Bestsellers: The top 10 titles from independent bookshops around Australia

The Mindfulness Colouring Book,
by Emma Farrarons.

The top 10 bestselling books from independent bookshops around Australia.

Louis de Bernieres: A life of writing that has ranged around the world

Louis de Bernieres says if you've got fame and money and it can be hard to tell who your friends are.

JASON STEGER A shadow across his family history was the inspiration for Louis de Bernieres' latest novel.

The Short Long Book review: A journey of shared wisdom and heart


Malcom Knox The achievements of Michael Long and Kevin Sheedy and others in "making today better than yesterday" in the 1990s were just a step, not an end. In the story of racial abuse of Australian footballers, there has been no happily ever after.

Bookmarks: News and views from the book world


JASON STEGER Another lost manuscript from a master; Raimond Gaita and the question of evil; the Rare Book Fair's delights.

Undercover: books news including writers' festivals, Orry-Kelly's film and Susanne Gervay's award

Women I've Undressed is the story of Australian-born Hollywood costume designer Orry-Kelly.

SUSAN WYNDHAM Orry-Kelly's lost memoir; Nam Le at Bendigo and Ubud festivals; social justice award for children's author.

Book reviews

Book reviews: Dark Cupboards New Rooms, Immune Systems, Penelope's Chairs


Peter Pierce Peter Pierce peels back the layers of three poetry titles.

Book review

Wave review: Hoa Pham's evocative, elegant work born out of tragedy


Alison Broinowski Hoa Pham has created something moving and evocative out of two tragic real-life events.


Litbits: Meet the Author John Cantwell at ANU


RON CERABONA What's on in the literary world in Canberra this week from July 25.

Shock as ABC news director Kate Torney quits

Kate Torney is leaving after 20 years at the ABC.

PATRICK BEGLEY Kate Torney, the head of the ABC news division, has announced she will be leaving the broadcaster.

Father-daughter relationship looms over Harper Lee's Go Set a Watchman

Harper Lee was 'surprised and delighted' at publication of her early novel.

Paul Giles Despite widespread reservations about the wisdom of its publication, Go Set a Watchman is actually a very worthwhile novel in its own right.

Melbourne Writers Festival announces its 30th-birthday program with a look ahead

Melbourne Writers Festival director Lisa Dempster and inaugural chairman Mark Rubbo.

JASON STEGER The Melbourne Writers Festival is celebrating its 30th anniversary with a look at the writers who will be the literary names of the future.


Dexter, Hannibal: Eat your hearts out - meet Graeme Cameron's new Normal

A serial writer in the making? Graeme Cameron author of <i>Normal</i>.

KAREN HARDY Normal is a book about a man who is just that. The only thing different about him is that he kills people.



A look at what's going on in the books world at home and abroad.


News and views on books, writers and publishing.

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