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PETER VINCENT A Sydney publisher is casting for a female fan of The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo series to "donate her back... permanently".
Thuy On What to buy in your local bookshop.
Ross Southernwood In the best thriller traditions, this exciting novel's end-game contains an unexpected twist.
Owen Richardson When activists are victims of sinister buffoonery.
Neil McMahon "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy . . . That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."
Helen O'Hara Nicholas Sparks sells millions of books and movie tickets by adhering to a strict formula. Want to copy him? Here's how.
Reviewer: Geoff Page John Hawke's use of myth reminds us of a time when Greek mythology was once over-used.
Jane Sullivan Love and redemption underscore the story of how an Australian soldier in World War II united Crete and King Island.
Non-fiction: When Britain Saved the West, Instrumental, Peg Plunkett: Memoirs of a Whore, So You Want to be a Chief of Staff?
Steven Carroll We take a brief look at some newly published non-fiction.
Short fiction reviews: The Evening Chorus, Killing Monica, You're the Kind of Girl I Write Songs About, Lost Boy & Other Stories
Kerryn Goldsworthy Latest reviews of new fiction including Candace Bushnell, Helen Humphreys, Daniel Herborn.
Don Anderson Renata Adler has become something of a cult figure for a new generation of literary-minded young women.
Andrew Riemer Allen Kurzweil's memoir describes how his search for his childhood bully led him on the trail of a gang of international shysters who'd managed to con movie stars and the Queen Mother.
Stephanie Dowrick Roy Williams' thorough examination of Christianity in Australia emphasises the positive role the church has played in our history, and challenges it to help forge a more morally courageous nation.
Tom Ryan There are 38 interviews in Judd Apatow's book about the nature of comedy. Those being interviewed almost make up an unofficial "Who's Who" of comedy in the US.
Jennifer Maiden Jennifer Maiden continues her series of poems featuring Tony Abbott and Queen Victoria
David Astle In these times of rapid obsolescence, words are being trashed faster than $30 toasters.
JASON STEGER James Salter's interviews are being compiled in a new book, Carnegie Medal-winning author Tanya Landman's nationality is proving problematic, and Pearson has claimed the top publishing spot, writes Jason Steger.
Jo Case Katherine Heiny's stories are intimate insider accounts of relationships under threat, or on the brink of major change. They are thick with marital infidelity, but less interested in moral judgement than in charting the territory of 'in between.
SUSAN WYNDHAM Lessons from paper planes and hats; a writers' festival on the secret river; laughter and tears at the Russell Prize for Humour Writing.
Robert Willson Whether you find Roy Williams' propositions outrageous or inspiring, please suspend judgment until you read his work.
Charles Dodgson As Alice's Adventures in Wonderland turns 150, the famous author's Australian descendant Charles Dodgson reflects on emerging from his long shadow.
Serge F. Kovaleski and Alexandra Alter Yet another strange twist to the tale of how Harper Lee's second novel has found it's way into the world.
CLARE COLLEY Jesuit priest Father Frank Brennan knows it's hard to convince Australians to change, but he believes there's a way forward to achieve constitutional recognition of Indigenous Australians.
Jack of all trades
Antigone Anagnostellis Zadie Smith's work extends to literary journalism, novel writing and cultural analysis and now she has taken up her first screenwriting project with French director Claire Denis.
JOSEPHINE TOVEY "What do you dislike more, independent, strong women or the English language?"
Grey by E. L. James; The Mindfulness Colouring Book by Emma Farrarons; The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins.
KAREN HARDY Novelists and short story writers could win a literary fellowship to Sri Lanka or up to $2000, writes Karen Hardy.
Award-winning author Rod Jones, whose new novel, The Mothers, tells of several generations of single mothers in Melbourne, and an angry young man who meets his birth mother, has a vivid recall of his influences.
KAREN HARDY Author Annah Faulkner says she found it frustrating trying to research the historical background to her second novel.
Reviewer: Michael Popple Historical fiction reviews with Michael Popple
Kathy Walker Eating and chatting together are valuable ways to strengthen the bonds between parents and children.
Jessica Salter A young writer coped with the staggering loneliness of a Norwegian winter, and emerged with the material for a sparkling first novel.
Fiona Capp Beyond Literal Belief
Jane Sullivan Could this be the beginning of the quiet revolution? A British publisher, And Other Stories, has committed to making 2018 the year of publishing women only.
Simon Caterson In Australia's relatively short history as a nation, we have produced a few truly phenomenal cultural exports.
Kalinda Ashton Murray Middleton's new short-story collection reveals a tenderness for his characters.
Peter Craven David Kilcullen cites Nietzsche on the abyss that looks back and on fighting monsters and becoming one.
Anne Susskind Fiction
Daphne Guinness The author details the pro-Nazi behaviour that nearly drove the royal family mad.
MICHAEL DWYER As far as the modern rock fan is concerned, the notion of revolution has been tucked away in ironic inverted commas forever - or at least since John Lennon penned a pointedly ambivalent song of that title in 1968.
This week's 10 top books from independent bookshops.
David Astle This column has 648 words. Six hundred and fifty if you count my name, which isn't really a word, so ignore that last calculation. Of course, I don't mean 648 different words, since already I've repeated the word 'words' twice, and 'and' too. Twice.
Sue Turnbull Set in a crime-ridden precinct of New York, Richard Price's The Whites lures readers into a gripping murder mystery with an unforgettable conclusion.
Robert Willson An Indigenous leader during Queensland's Frontier Wars is the subject of this book.
Mark Thomas Amitav Ghosh releases the third volume in his gripping saga on the Opium Wars.
Stephen Saunders Simple rather than simplistic, modest Haruf has given himself a fine literary send-off.
J.K. Rowling shares details of a new stage play that will explore an 'untold part of Harry's story'.
EL James' new book 'Grey,' the latest novel in the erotic 'Fifty Shades of Grey' series, has sold more than 1.1 million copies in trade, paperback, ebook and audio editions in just four days, its publisher said.
Jane Sullivan Happy birthday Alice, and congratulations on being such a well-preserved little girl. You don't look a day over seven, but you're 150 years old.