J.K. Rowling introduces new witch to the Harry Potter universe

J.K. Rowling's short story and animation introduces us to an Irish witch by the name of Isolt Sayre. She becomes the ...

The universe of Harry Potter just got bigger. Ahead of the release of the Potter world spin off, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, J.K. Rowling has released a short story and animated video giving the film's back story - and it describes a secret school of witchcraft and wizardry founded by an Irish witch by the name of Isolt Sayre.

Top 10 Bestsellers

Me Before You, by 
JoJo Moyes

The new film of JoJo Moyes' novel Me Before You has helped the book stay in top spot on Australia's bestseller list.

Full Metal Jacket screenwriter dies

Full Metal Jacket director  Stanley Kubrick.

Michael Herr, the author and Oscar-nominated screenplay writer who viscerally documented the ravages of the Vietnam War through his classic non-fiction novel Dispatches and through such films as Apocalypse Now and Full Metal Jacket, has died after a long illness.

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ARAB AND JEW: WOUNDED SPIRITS IN A PROMISED LAND by David Shipler. Broadway Books. . $39.95

Warnings Australian publishing could halve

Author Michael Robotham appeared at the Productivity Commission to argue about the wider cultural impact of  an open ...

A halving of the number of Australian books published each year was "not out of the question" were the Federal Government to open the book market to foreign imports, according to HarperCollins.


The trailer for <i>Me Before You</I> and subsequent film release helped lift the novel by JoJo Moyes to No.1 on the ...

How to shoot a bestseller; war prizes; writers' festival for foodies


Stuart Coupe.

Temper flares and the police are called at the Williamstown Literary Festival.


"Rule 34 will seem a glitch in sequence, but that's a nod to the online surfeit of laws, the web leaving our own senate ...

The internet generates its own laws at fibre-optic speed.

Micheline Lee

''Full of energy and heart'': Helen Garner has endorsed Micheline Lee's debut novel <i>The Healing Party</i>.

Micheline Lee spent seven years inside the charismatic church praying for a miracle.

Michelle Wyatt: books that changed me

Author and TV presenter Michelle Wyatt.

Michelle Wyatt is a TV producer who lives in Melbourne. Her memoir Not Right in the Head (Allen & Unwin) is a funny and moving account of her family's experience of caring for her mother after she developed Alzheimer's.

Turning Pages

<i>Danny the Champion of the World</i>, by Roald Dahl.

Roald Dahl was a whiz at language and a demon storyteller with a taste for the macabre.