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Books that changed be: Anna George

Anna George

Anna George has worked as a lawyer and in film and TV. She studied professional writing and editing, and has written film scripts. Her debut novel, What Came Before (Viking), is a literary thriller about a couple facing the end of an abusive marriage.

Book review: Skinjob by Bruce McCabe

Author Bruce McCabe: It's hard to believe his novel was self-published.

Winsor Dobbin Skinjob  

Wordplay: It's all Greek to me

Wordplay illustration August 16, 2014
John Shakespeare

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David Astle Back in the spring of 1986 I rang Susan Butler at Macquarie Dictionary. As editor, she must have fielded her share of odd requests, but this was up there. In my wildest dreams I wanted a super-list of every word her big green book defined.

Undercover book news

At last: Roland Fishman's latest book, a novel titled No Man’s Land is about to be published.

SUSAN WYNDHAM From writing teacher to novelist; NSW history awards; vote for the best book cover.

David Ryding named inaugural director at Melbourne's City of Literature office

David Ryding, Melbourne's  inaugural City of Literature director at the Docklands library.

ANNABEL ROSS The spiffy new Library at the Dock in the Docklands is a fitting venue to photograph the newly appointed, inaugural director of the Melbourne UNESCO City of Literature office. The modern, well-appointed building is another feather in the cap of our already highly decorated town - in terms of bookish attractions - and is testament to the cultural precedence of literature in Melbourne.

Children's author Andrew Daddo looks at how his latest book, Ned, helps boys to develop emotionally

Stuff of legend: Andrew Daddo's latest offering is Ned.

PATRICK BEGLEY After 25 children's books, Andrew Daddo reflects on humour, imagination and why the scary teachers are the best ones, writes Patrick Begley.

Take three: Thrillers for Gone Girl fans

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KAREN HARDY Karen Hardy picks three fiction works for fans of Gone Girl.

Winners of the 2014 Children's Book Council of Australia awards

Never eat the last olive at a party: from Rules of Summer by Shaun Tan.

Angie Schiavone The Children's Book Council of Australia awards feature a crowd-pleasing mix of new and established authors.

Children's Book Council of Australia Books of the Year winners announced

Older age-group winner: Wildlife by Fiona Wood.

Children's Book Council of Australia Books of the Year winners and honours board released

Through colourful doors of perception

World view: Haruki Murakami's writing easily crosses over to western readers.

Reviewer: Nicholas Jose Haruki Murakami offers a modest masterpiece with his latest novel writes Nicholas Jose.

Rapper Omar Musa unleashes his novel

Omar Musa

Caroline Baum Rapper and poet Omar Musa has added novelist to his many talents.

Doctor in trouble - and it's all his own making

Herman Koch

Reviewer: James Bradley The acclaimed author of The Dinner delves into the world of a psychopathic doctor.

Hovering around a tiny island paradise

Joyous and sane: The Fly Trap by Fredrik Sjoberg.

Reviewer: Gregory Day In the context of the currently fecund wave of new landscape writing, The Fly Trap is a stand out.

In Short: Non-fiction

Have You Seen Simone, by Virginia Peters.

Steven Carroll Short reviews of non-fiction titles from Australia and overseas.

Book review: How Greg Combet and Joe Hockey got to the top

Above average: Joe Hockey.

Ross Fitzgerald The lives of Greg Combet and Joe Hockey have different aspects of politics to tell us about.

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews fiction from Australia and overseas

Blood and Bone, by Daniel Davis Wood.

Kerryn Goldsworthy Short reviews of fiction from Australia and overseas.

Robert Farquharson case struck author Helen Garner with 'a terrible gong of horror'

Helen Garner:

SUSAN WYNDHAM The horrific death of three young brothers shocked the nation and put their father in the dock. Helen Garner watched the case unfold.

Turning Pages: Bendigo Writers Festival celebrates words and ideas, but not Kim Kardashian

Jane Sullivan.

Jane Sullivan For writers and readers alike, Bendigo Writers Festival was a celebration of words and ideas that had captivated the speakers all their lives.

The top 10 bestsellers from independent bookshops

The top 10 bestsellers from independent bookshops for the week ending August 2.

Poetry: Peter's Dream, a poem in memory of Peter Davis

Judith Rodriguez Peter's Dream, in memory of Peter Davis.

Literary events in and around Melbourne

Events in Melbourne and at the Melbourne Writers Festival

Bookmarks: Literary news and stories

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JASON STEGER Ned Kelly shortlists; Robotham's escape; no fuss for McKinty; vote for book cover; Orwell's paperback writing.

Litbits: August 16

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RON CERABONA Meet the Author events in Canberra, the Templeberg Residential Writing Fellowship and a sci-fi seminar.

Book review: How Greg Combet and Joe Hockey got to the top

Above average: Joe Hockey.

Ross Fitzgerald The lives of Greg Combet and Joe Hockey have different aspects of politics to tell us about.

Fiona Wood's Wildlife wins a Book of the Year prize in Children's Book Council awards

Author Fiona Wood won the Older Readers category of the Children's Book Council of Australia Book of the Year Awards with her book <i>Wildlife</i>.

KAREN HARDY Reading was something of an escape hatch for author Fiona Wood during her teenage years as she dealt with the everyday issues that trouble young adults.

Milestone

Text Publishing celebrates 20-year milestone

Michael Heyward

JASON STEGER Text Publishing's Michael Heyward rates survival as the biggest achievement of his 20-year-old company.

Book review

Book review: The Luck of the Irish, by Babette Smith

Eviction: An illustration from <i>Luck of the Irish</i>.

Reviewer: Robert Willson A shipwreck proves catalyst for story of the Irish in colonial Australia and it is filled with human interest stories.

Book review: The Wild Goose, by Mori Ogai

Word masters: Judith Wright, left, with her daughter Merdith McKinney.

Reviewer: Peter Pierce The Wild Goose, by Mori Ogai, translated by Meredith McKinney. Finlay Lloyd. 158pp. $24.95.

Book review

Book review: The Luck of the Irish, by Babette Smith

Eviction: An illustration from <i>Luck of the Irish</i>.

Reviewer: Robert Willson A shipwreck proves catalyst for story of the Irish in colonial Australia and it is filled with human interest stories.

Book review

Book review: Life or Death, by Michael Robotham

Michael Robotham will be at Manuka's Paperchain Bookstore at 6pm on August 25.

Reviewer: JEFF POPPLE This is a terrific thriller that showcases Michael Robotham's ability to challenge the reader’s expectations.

Bookshop

<i>The Melbourne Dreaming</i>.

Thuy On A selection of book reviews.

Interview: Miriam Sved's Game Day

KAREN HARDY For author Miriam Sved, football is a game of many angles.

Subtropical Suspense in the Queensland capital

BRISBANE, AUSTRALIA - AUGUST 13:  Subtropical Suspense author Cameron Trust in his garden in Bardon on August 13, 2014 in Brisbane, Australia.  (Photo by Glenn Hunt/Fairfax Media via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Cameron Trust

CAMERON ATFIELD One of the great mysteries of Brisbane, according to one English teacher-turned-publishing entrepreneur, is why there are not more literary mysteries set in the Queensland capital.

Edinburgh

George R. R. Martin delivers his song of ice and fire

Up for Outstanding Supporting Actor in A Drama Series, Peter Dinklage as Tyrion Lannister.

DEBBIE CUTHBERTSON Sex scenes rated highly in audiences questions for George RR Martin at Edinburgh's Book Festival.

The death of Pierre Ryckmans and his alter ego Simon Leys

Pierre Ryckmans at home in Canberra in 1999 with a portrait of his daughter, publisher Jeanne Ryckmans, by Matthew Lynn.

SUSAN WYNDHAM Australia was fortunate to be the chosen home of the distinguished author, Sinologist and translator Pierre Ryckmans, who has died in Canberra at the age of 78.

Cop Town thriller writer Karin Slaughter: 'I have a superhero complex'

Karin Slaughter

LINDA MORRIS Karin Slaughter creates a female crime-fighting duo in her new thriller and admits she loves - and occasionally tries to act like - a superhero.

Book reviews: Ruth Rendell, Andrew Daddo, Leigh Hobbs plus Kevin Dutton and Andy McNab

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Thuy On From the old master Ruth Rendell, to a claim psychopaths can be good, plus a chicken playing tourist in London, there's plenty to add to the bookshelf this week.

Books that changed me: Michael Fullilove

Michael Fullilove

Michael Fullilove Michael Fullilove, the executive director of the Lowy Institute.

Tim Low's 'Where Song Began' hits a high note for bird lovers

Tim Low has highlighted the glorious array of melodic birds found in Australia.

Bob Beale Author Tim Low reveals that Australia was the cradle of the world's songbirds, which remain a treasure in our midst.

Leading authors join Amazon dispute

Author Stephen King speaks at a news conference to introduce the new Amazon Kindle 2 electronic reader in New York, February 9, 2009. The Kindle 2, the latest incarnation of the digital book reader is a slimmer version with more storage and a feature that reads text aloud to users.  REUTERS/Mike Segar   UNITED STATES SPECIALX 001

Stephen King, John Grisham and James Patterson are among 900 of the world's most famous authors who have waded into a publishing dispute with book retailer Amazon.

How Wheel of Fortune contestant Emil de Leon became a thing

Little monster: Luckily for most parents, their thing isn't quite as destructive as Stan Lee's Marvel creation.

David Astle Emil de Leon is a puzzle whiz. Earlier this year, on America’s Wheel of Fortune, the nursing student scooped $45,000, thanks to guessing the identity of a mystery thing in the prize round.

Political leaders in rush to print

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd.

LINDA MORRIS Silence isn't always golden when you are a retired politician with a legacy to sell.

Undercover book news

Brilliant persona: Geoff Dyer was the Byron Bay Writers Festival's bestseller on day one.

SUSAN WYNDHAM Byron Bay festival sparkles; Ben Strout leaves the Sydney Writers' Festival; a grandee of literature will speak at Ubud.

Take three: Horror book reviews with Colin Steele

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Colin Steele Colin Steele looks at the latest horror releases.

Children's books prove the write stuff for flagging bookshops

Possum Magic by Mem Fox.

PATRICK BEGLEY As crime, romance and fantasy addicts move online for their fiction fix, children's books are helping bookshops turn another page.

Interview: Joan London

Inveterate storyteller: Novelist Joan London draws inspiration from the past.

Jane Sullivan For her third novel, the acclaimed writer has revisited `50s Australia and the threat of polio.

Author creates characters part human and part something else

<i>The Wonders</i>, by Paddy O'Reilly.

Reviewer: Peter Pierce In her latest novel, Paddy O'Reilly makes the bizarre seem ordinary.

Wayne Macauley exorcises his Demons

Demons

Reviewer: Andrew Fuhrmann In his latest work, Macauley moves from witty satire to cold fury.

Columns

Bookmarks

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

Undercover

News and views on books, writers and publishing.

Competitions

The Age Short Story Award

Find out who won this year’s Age/Readings short-story award.

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