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Booker Prize winner Richard Flanagan is proof of Australia's creative talent

Chris Wallace 8:46pm  Does the Australia that nurtured the talent of Richard Flanagan still exist? Writer and cultural strategist Julianne Schultz fears that the country has changed for the worse, reports Chris Wallace.

Conspiracy theories

For Peter Carey the Whitlam dismissal is more than a memory

Conspiracy theorist? Author Peter Carey.

SUSAN WYNDHAM 7:43pm Author Peter Carey may have lived in the United States for the past 25 years, but he still considers himself an Australian writer.

Beautiful You review

Is this literature's answer to 50 Shades of Grey?

50 shadres

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

Brian Truitt 9:02pm Fight Club author Chuck Palahniuk has taken sex to extremes and tweaked to outrageous lengths in his latest novel, Beautiful You. 50 Shades of Grey this isn't.

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Prime Minister's Literary Awards shortlists announced

In the running: Man Booker winner Richard Flanagan has been nominated for a Prime Minister's Literary Award.

SUSAN WYNDHAM After months of anxiety about the fate of the Prime Minister's Literary Awards, the shortlists were released quietly on Sunday afternoon with the promise that the winners of the $600,000 shared prizemoney - Australia's largest pot - will be named before the end of the year.

Book review: Rosie takes Manhattan in Graeme Simsion's new rom-com

A chuckle-filled triumph: <i>The Rosie Effect</i> by Graeme Simsion.

Daphne Guinness The sequel to Graeme Simsion's debut novel, The Rosie Project, is possibly the funniest book of the year.

Books that changed me: Cheryl Akle, literary agent and host of Get Reading TV

Bibliophile: Cheryl Akle, literary agent and Get Reading director.

Cheryl Akle Cheryl Akle is a literary agent, director of getreadingcom.au and host of Get Reading TV. She lives in Sydney and has also worked as a bookstore manager and owner, marketing manager and industry consultant.

Alice Pung's Laurinda alive with schoolgirl tyrannies

Life story: Laurinda expands on topics the author has touched on in her bestselling memoir, Unpolished Gem.

Thuy On The writer's first novel defines a pitiless world of hierarchies.

Julian Davies: The man behind Crow Mellow and Finlay Lloyd

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SALLY PRYOR The Braidwood author tells of his youthful experiences, life’s dreams and achievements and the birth of Finlay Lloyd.

Fiction

James Ellroy's back for another LA Quartet

<i>Perfidia</i>, by James Ellroy.

Adrian McKinty James Ellroy returns to the mean streets of Los Angeles for another quartet that provides an alternative history of the US.

Fiction

Marilynne Robinson returns to Gilead with Lila

<i>Lila</i>, by Marilynne Robinson

Gerard Windsor Marilynne Robinson returns to the characters from Gilead and Home in her third novel featuring John Ames.

Music

It's more than rock'n'roll and Greil Marcus likes it

<i>The History of Rock 'n' Roll in Ten Songs</i>, by Greil Marcus.

Tom Ryan How can you possibly tell the history of popular music in the 20th and early 21st centuries through a study of 10 songs?

Fiction

Ali Smith's double lives

<i>How to Be Both</i>, by Ali Smith.

Anita Sethi Ali Smith's Booker shortlisted novel deals with some of life conundrums - in double.

Book review: The Wife Drought, Annabel Crabb; The Climb, Geraldine Doogue

Serious: <i>The Wife Drought</i> by Annabel Crabb.

Emily Maguire Australia is an undeniably better place to be a woman than it was 40 years ago. But one area where things haven’t changed much is at the very top of the workforce.

Turning Pages: Publishers profit from young adult blockbusters

Megaseller: Veronica Roth, author of the dystopian series Divergent.

Jane Sullivan There’s a new phenomenon in YA literature: the blockbuster title, or series. It began about 10 years ago with Stephenie Meyer’s Twilight.

Fashioning big claims around Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs and Kate Moss.

<i>Champagne Supernovas</i>, by Maureen Callahan.

Dianne Dempsey Maureen Callahan contends that designers Alexander McQueen, Marc Jacobs and model Kate Moss, were at the forefront of a critical cultural movement in the 1990s.

In Short: Fiction by Garth Nix, David Cronenberg, Nayomi Munaweera, Tony Black

Courtly intrigue: Clariel by Garth Nix.

Cameron Woodhead Short reviews of fiction from Australia and around the world.

In Short: Non-Fiction by Hunter Davies, Rob Mundle, Hannah Forsyth, Paul Kennedy

Authority: The Beatles Lyrics by Hunter Davies.

Steven Carroll Short reviews of non-fiction from Australia and around the world.

Don't mention the war, unless it's against cane toads

David Astle's Dinkus

David Astle War has done a sneaky thing since the last big war. Not the Great War, but the sequel that ended in 1945. Pretty much since D-Day, in fact, war has been recommissioned.

Booker winner Richard Flanagan flogs opinions as well as books

Outspoken: Richard Flanagan did not hold back in his criticism of the federal government.

SUSAN WYNDHAM Within minutes of being named winner of the Man Booker Prize in London on Wednesday, Richard Flanagan was asked to comment on the Australian government's environmental and energy policies and told the BBC he was "ashamed to be Australian when you bring this up".

Jeff Popple crime book reviews: Bones Never Lie, Dishonour, One Kick

Take Three dinkus

Jeff Popple Catch up on the latest in crime literature with Jeff Popple.

Lena Dunham bares her most 'intimate' thoughts

Lena Dunham: Memoir out now.

Donna Freydkin Not That Kind of Girl author believes we need to shed light on the things that seem unspeakable. And that she does in her just released memoir.

Reluctant readers get in the game with books about sport

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KAREN HARDY Tales of glory and dashed dreams on the sportsfield may be the key to get children wary of books to take up reading, writes Karen Hardy.

Book review: The Island of Singing Fish: A Colonial Childhood in Ceylon. By Tina Faulk

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Reviewer: Alison Broinowski Self-publishing brings us the esoteric pleasures of memoirs like Tina Faulk.

Book review: The Art of Belonging, by Hugh Mackay

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Robert Willson This novel shows once again that Hugh Mackay is a most perceptive recorder of his fellow Australians.

Book review: Irene, by Pierre Lemaitre

Pano Book Review

Anna Creer Irene reveals a very different Verhoeven to that encountered in Alex.

Book review: Trading Places channels the Australian aboard

Pano Book Review

Reviewer: Peter Pierce Although Tim Harcourt's book is designed as a business manuals, it's also a good read for any travellers.

Book review: Personal by Lee Child

Personal by Lee Child

Jeff Popple Jack Reacher's back, and this time it's Personal.

Canberra book events: From Paul Daley launch to an evening with Ross Coulthart

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KAREN HARDY A rundown of upcoming book launches and other literary attractions.

Book review

Book reviews: The Skeleton Road, Crucifixion Creek

Pano Book Review

Reviewer: Jeff Popple Val McDermid and Barry Maitland's crime novels are some of the best of their genre, but both have changed tack, writes Jeff Popple.

Top 10 bestselling books

The bestselling books from around Australia.

S.J. Watson

How Before I Go to Sleep author S.J. Watson nailed the bestseller and the big screen

Career change: S.J. Watson, author of <i>Before I Go to Sleep</i>.

KARL QUINN With his novel now a major film starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth, former health worker S.J. Watson reflects on his journey from writing course to breakout success.

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Review: Linda Grant's Upstairs at the Party tells secrets of a 1970s night

Upstairs at the Party, by Linda Grant.

British author Linda Grant's latest book gives detailed insight into '70s undergraduates behaving badly, writes Daphne Guinness.

Richard Flanagan wins Man Booker Prize for Fiction 2014

Nick Miller, Stephanie Peatling Tasmanian author Richard Flanagan has won one of the world's most prestigious literary prizes, the 2014 Man Booker, for his masterpiece of love and death, The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

How Richard Flanagan got to grips with the Man Booker Prize

Richard Flanagan.

JASON STEGER When you win something like the Man Booker Prize, everyone wants to know how you feel. But a couple of hours after Richard Flanagan had been presented with the prize he still didn’t know.

Analysis

How Richard Flanagan has kept Man Booker's Commonwealth heart beating

Richard Flanagan.

JASON STEGER By winning the Man Booker prize – worth £50,000 ($91,000) in cash but a whole more in the gigantic boost in sales that it brings – Richard Flanagan will have put to bed any lingering disappointment he might have felt at missing out on Australia’s most significant literary prize, the Miles Franklin.

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Man Booker Prize

Richard Flanagan wins 2014 Man Booker Prize for The Narrow Road to the Deep North

RIchard Flanagan the Man Booker Prize ceremony.

NICK MILLER Australian Author Richard Flanagan has won the Man Booker Prize for 2014 with his novel The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

Australian author Richard Flanagan wins Man Booker Prize

Nominees for the 2014 Man Booker Prize, including Australian Richard Flanagan, second from the right.

MELANIE KEMBREY A quick guide to one of the world's richest and most prestigious literary prizes.

Catherine, Called Birdy

Lena Dunham to adapt young adult mediaeval novel into a movie

New project: Lena Dunham is to adapt a YA novel into a film.

The Girls creator is to take on a film adaptation of historical children's novel Catherine, Called Birdy, set in 13th century England.

Fiction

Their Lips Talk of Mischief: Alan Warner's new novel pits slackers against Thatcherite Britain

Civil unrest:  Thatcherite Britain is the setting for Alan  Warner's latest novel.

Andrew Riemer The title of Alan Warner's new novel isn't the only thing about it that is puzzling.

Sonya Hartnett's Golden Boys navigates the end of childhood

Author Sonya Hartnett writes for all ages.

Joy Lawn Sonya Hartnett paintsthe vagaries and contradictions of childhood in exquisite images.

Author Kimberley Freeman shares 'books that changed me'

Novelist Kimberley Freeman.

Kimberley Freeman Australian author Kimberley Freeman shares some of her childhood favourites.

Terrible year for the Gillespies revealed in funny family saga

Idea for a new novel spawned from the Christmas newsletter: Writer, Monica McInerney

SARAH THOMAS Hello From the Gillespies unravels a year with the Gillespie family as the private Christmas newsletter is mailed out unintentionally ... telling the truth. Time to face the facts.

Thuy On reviews The Taxidermist's Daughter, Australian Love Stories, Kitchen By Mike, Howzat!

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Thuy On Thuy On reviews The Taxidermist's Daughter, Australian Love Stories, Kitchen By Mike, Howzat!

Lucy Sussex reviews Margaret Atwood's Stone Mattress short stories

Stone Mattress, by Margaret Atwood.

Lucy Sussex Margaret Atwood returns to short story mode exploring the anxiety of ageing, and literary reputation.

What winning the Man Booker prize would mean to best-selling author Richard Flanagan

Photo writer Richard Flanagan.

JASON STEGER Winning the Man Booker prize brings an authorial kudos that's the equivalent of winning the Melbourne Cup. So how would winning the literary prize affect Richard Flanagan?

Bookmarks: Bets on the Booker Prize, and Val McDermid reveals the cost of writing

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JASON STEGER The odds are on Richard Flanagan; prolific Val McDermid - and her mortuary; Gillard targets Griffiths; Anna Krien makes a UK list; and Anthony Horowitz tackles Bond.

Herbert Kretzmer recalls Hollywood stars and his break with Les Miserables

One small change: Marlene Dietrich removed just one word from a piece Kretzmer wrote about her.

Elizabeth Grice In the days when celebrities were happy to talk to a showbiz journalist, Herbert Kretzmer was the one they would often turn to. Now he has written a book about it.

Books

Rebecca James is Canberra's promising novelist for teens

Bundle of laughs: Rebecca James is an advocate for the importance of children reading.

Nigel Featherstone The author of gritty novels believes her stories should represent real-life challenges faced by young adults.

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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