David Astle 10:00am It may make you smile tears of joy or grimace darkly, but emojis are the biggest movers in mass communication.
PAUL SHEEHAN 6:00pm Born to Rule is a conventional portrait, but Malcolm Turnbull's character is so pungent that Paddy Manning only needed to do the research and tell the story without injecting too many observations and speculations, much as a good referee is usually invisible.
JASON STEGER 6:00pm With parallel importation of books looming, the local industry is worried.
Owen Richardson 5:00pm Susan Casey describes her own powerful encounters with the charisma and mystery of dolphins, so she doesn't sound entirely unsympathetic towards those who are inclined to a mystical view of the creatures.
LINDA MORRIS 5:00pm Erik Jensen's ''smashed apart'' portrait of Archibald Prize-winning artist Adam Cullen wins major literary award.
NICK GALVIN 4:00pm Nick Galvin
One of Australia's most loved children's authors, Alison Lester, lives on a farm in Victoria. Her new picture book for younger readers, My Dog Bigsy (Viking), is about a dog who causes a commotion among farm animals. Lester has sold more than a million copies of her award-winning books, is an ambassador for the Indigenous Literacy Foundation and helps school students write and illustrate their own books.
Lucy Sussex M TRAIN
Jeff Kinney's latest Wimpy Kid adventure has shot to the top of the independent bookshops' bestseller lists.
Simon West Concerning Timing: A poem by Simon West
JASON STEGER Plenty of well-known writers and serial award winners are on the shortlists for the PM's literary awards.
SUSAN WYNDHAM Horses were the passion of Gillian Mears' life, a pounding physical love that she celebrated and mourned in her novel Foal's Bread. Now, because of her MS, her imagination has been forced to turn to her other animal love, the more conveniently sized cat.
Chris Thompson John Boyne put his young protagonists in Auschwitz in The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas. In his latest novel, his young hero is closer to the centre of power in Nazi Germany.
Felicity Plunkett The capacity to love and to escape from punishing imprisonment is central to the 12 stories in Elizabeth Harrower's A Few Days in the Country.
Anson Cameron It's overstated and biased and deeply sardonic in tone, but it's also a well-researched call of bullshit from a progressive lefty.
Fiona Capp Short reviews of non-fiction books by Tiffany Watt Smith, Harry Frankfurt, Jonathan Franklin and a collection edited by Barney Zwartz.
Jane Sullivan Other writers might be irritated at a host of pedantic readers who get in touch to point out the most trivial of errors in his novels: James Bond's creator, Ian Fleming, seemed to delight in them, and indeed invited them to help him get his future facts right.
Andrew Riemer Orhan Pamuk sometimes seems to be our sole literary guide to the conflicts and quandaries of Turkish political, social and religious life, which blaze, from time to time, across our television screens. But it is hard to understand why we haven't heard anything until now of the excellent writer Hasan ali Toptas.
Cameron Woodhead John Grisham introduces Sebastian Rudd, the law's equivalent of Jack Reacher, in Rogue Lawyer.
Thuy On A heartfelt tale of rocker Bon Scott.
Owen Richardson David Hare's memoir covers the 1970s, a period when he wins a scholarship to Lancing College and goes on to Cambridge, wondering if he is becoming the "the young man on the make".
Anna Creer Anna Creer delves into the world of fiction in translation.
Alison Broinowski Michel Houellebecq must be drowning his anomie somewhere in Paris, wishing he had ended his novel with a bang, rather than a whimper.
LINDA MORRIS Is this Australian teen book set to become the next Hunger Games movie blockbuster?
Kerryn Goldsworthy Short reviews by Kerryn Goldsworthy of novels by Claire Vaye Watkins, Bill Clegg, Christopher Raja, and Vendela Vida.
JASON STEGER Amazon gets a taste of its own medicine as punters start showrooming in its bookshop.
Louise Schwartzkoff Isobelle Carmody was 14 years old when she began writing The Obernewtyn Chronicles. Forty-three years later, the final book has arrived.
Ian Fraser Former park manager Bruce Gall weaves multiple threads into a lively account of his tour around Australia.
RON CERABONA Literary news and events from in and around Canberra.
The latest instalment in Jeff Kinney's Diary of a Wimpy Kid has wasted no time in hitting the top of the bestseller charts.
Chris Wallace-Crabbe It is a measure of balance in Jonathan Bate's writing that the array of Ted Hughes' sexual encounters doesn't overbalance the whole book,
Dianne Dempsey The skills required to hold the tension in a long narrative, as Di Morrissey does in Rain Music, are not to be underestimated.
JOHN BIRMINGHAM The initial interest in Peter Garrett's memoir was sparked by the chance it offered to turn over the bones of the Rudd years, but it was music that first brought the author into the public realm, and almost certainly music for which he'll be remembered.
Peter Craven Carmel Bird's stories have a grace and an inevitability that make you want to retell them or allude to them because they waste nothing. They are as light as air, as rapid as anecdote, but with an extraordinary grace of music.
Jonathan Green Frank Bongiorno's The Eighties is a rattling account, quick-cut and filmic, of contrasting, often overlapping, events: high and low culture, the big moments nestling in the finer long-forgotten detail.
Sue Turnbull The pull of J.K. Rowling's crime series lies in its pairing of Cormoran, an amputee war hero, and Robin, a smart young woman who excels in defensive driving courses and counter-surveillance techniques.
Jane Sullivan Raymond Chandler had his own 10 commandments of crime writing. He was scornful of the "cosy" school and insisted the novel should be "about real people in a real world".
Bernadette Brennan In Debra Adelaide's The Women's Pages, Dove, a 38-year-old graphic designer, who has read and reread Wuthering Heights since her teenager years, reads the novel aloud to her dying mother. This act of reading inspires her to write.
Michael Sexton Anyone interested in modern Australian history will enjoy these two new books on the events that culminated in the most dramatic day of Australia's postwar years.
Jason Blake As Geoffrey Rush takes his first shot as King Lear for the Sydney Theatre Company, theatre historian Jonathan Croall surveys previous attempts by famous actors to scale the craggy peak of Elizabethan tragedy.
David Astle Social media is not the only source of pseudo-English.
Lucy Sussex This most interesting book could have done with the same polish Costello applies to his lyrics.
Thuy On New on the self this week include Ruth Rendell's last crime novel and a conscious-raising primer for children by Chelsea Clinton on effecting change.
Reviewer: Anna Creer A trio of new works of fiction reviewed by Anna Creer.
JASON STEGER Australian novelists get the nod for the Impac; HarperCollins gives thanks for Harper Lee; Rai Gaita's campaign continues; and a journalist remains on Manus.
Robert Willson This book may help to restore Pope Pius XII's reputation as a foe of Hitler.
Jeff Popple This is one of the best entries in Ian Rankin's Rebus series.
Mark Thomas Mujila's exuberant prose takes the reader to a predators' ball in the lawless Congo.
Colin Steele A clutch of new and reprinted fantasy literature just in time for early Christmas shopping.
RON CERABONA A selection of literary news and events from the Canberra region.
A look at what's going on in the books world at home and abroad.
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