Tom Keneally's new book is about the child sex abuse scandal engulfing the Catholic Church.

Tom Keneally on his new book Crimes of the Father

In his new book, acclaimed Australian author Tom Keneally tackles the Catholic Church and the abuse scandal engulfing it. Here, he writes exclusively for Fairfax Media on the man behind his main character.

Top 10 Independents

The Good People, by Hannah Kent

Hannah Kent's second novel is the top pick of buyers at independent bookshops around the country.

Turning Pages

Author Carmel Bird says she is aware her writing stands outside the mainstream.

Carmel Bird has a bedrock of loyal fans who appreciate what the Patrick White award judges called her "originality, wit and elegance".

A terrific gift for metaphor

Poems: New & Neglected. By Lynn Hard. ETT Imprint. pp 162. $20

The poetic trajectory of Lynn Hard, the American expatriate who has lived in Australian now for more than 30 thirty years, is a strange one.

David Francis

Driven and disciplined: Author David Francis.

David Francis manages to juggle a career as a lawyer in Los Angeles with writing fiction.