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Book of the day - Michael Kirby

Book of the day: <i>The Wit of Whitlam</i>, edited by James Carleton.

12:15am Michael Kirby's summer-reading picks are The Menzies Era by John Howard and The Wit of Whitlam by James Carleton.

Clive Palmer and Sachin Tendulkar under review

Clivosaurus by Guy Rundle.

Steven Carroll When Clive Palmer stepped from his Rolls Royce into parliament he was generally perceived and portrayed as a multimillionaire rogue male that a crack in the system had let in.

JK Rowling on turning failure into success

JK Rowling at Harvard University in 2008, when she spoke to students about the benefits of failure.

Jane Sullivan Most writers are failures in terms of making money, but many look to their lack of success as a source of inspiration.

Books of 2015: a preview of the highlights

Local: Amanda Lohrey's A Short History of Richard Kline will be her first full-length novel in over a decade.

Jane Sullivan Jane Sullivan flicks forward to find something to read next year.

Versatile Clive James' lifetime devotion to poetry shared in Notebook

Poetry Notebook 2006-2014 by Clive James

Andrew Riemer Among the gifted and ambitious young Australians who made their way to England in the early 1960s none proved so versatile and, indeed, chameleon-like as Clive James.

Falling down laughing at John Cleese's life story

Harder than it looks: John Cleese pulls a funny face.

Andrew Fuhrmann In their autobiographies, John Cleese dwells on class distinctions while Stephen Fry exudes charm.

Between Us review: risky disclosures move from stage to page

Full disclosure: The Between Us book cover, curated by Marieke Hardy and Michaela McGuire.

Owen Richardson Audiences at the Women of Letters events are asked not to film or record the proceedings, and the letter itself is a retro form, so the set-up harks back to pre-digital methods of communication.

In Short: Fiction by Stephen King, Criena Rohan, Ellah Wakatama Allfrey, John Darnielle

Unflinching: The Delinquents by Criena Rohan.

Cameron Woodhead The Delinquents by Criena Rohan, Wolf in White Van by John Darnielle, Stephen King's Revival, Africa 39 edited by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey

Review: Private Bill by Barrie Cassidy is powerful in its understatement

Strength: Private Bill by Barrie Cassidy.

Dianne Dempsey Private Bill is very much a love story, written by a proud son to his father.

Book review

Book reviews: The Burning Room, Eden, Dark Tides, Pyramid

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Jeff Popple Once again Australia-based authors produced some of the year's best books.

William Gibson's The Peripheral: a sci-fi master goes back to the future

Extrapolating: William Gibson downplays his soothsaying abilities.

Tim Martin After turning away from science fiction for a decade, the master of the genre has returned to his first love.

Book of the day - Mem Fox

Book of the day: The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee

Mem Fox Mem Fox's summer reading choice is The Lives of Others by Neel Mukherjee.

Book of the day - Tom Ballard

<i>Not That Kind of Girl</i> author Lena Dunham.

Tom Ballard Tom Ballard's summer reading choice is Not That Kind of Girl by Lena Dunham.

My word: a year of reading dangerously

Keith Austin.

KEITH AUSTIN It seemed such a simple idea: spend 2014 reading nothing but literature. Not mere ''books'', you understand; literature.

'Unnerved' by romantic appeal

JK Rowling wraps up Draco Malfoy's story for fans this Christmas

Draco Malfoy was an 'archetypal bully' says JK Rowling.

Saimi Jeong Fansite Pottermore has published new insights about the bad boy that fangirls adore, straight from the pen of J.K. Rowling in her latest installment of 12 Days of Christmas.

Comments

Book of the day: Leigh Sales

Book of the day: <i>The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity</i> by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy.

Why Leigh Sales can't wait to read The Presidents Club: Inside the World's Most Exclusive Fraternity by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy.

Book review: Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse

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Russell Wenholz The anti-war message of the novel, The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse, had a powerful impression on a young Russell Wenholz.

Short fiction reviews

<i>Flashing the Square</i>, edited by Linda Godfrey and Bronwyn Mehan.

Kerryn Goldsworthy The American Lover by Rose Tremain; Eren by Simon Clark; Three Early Stories by J.D. Salinger; Flashing the Square, edited by Linda Godfrey and Bronwyn Mehan

No one wants to buy books, so what to do with a beloved book collection?

Books: A dying love affair.

STEPHANIE WOOD Nobody seems to care much about books any more. So can someone tell me how I'm going to get rid of more than a thousand that my late father collected and loved

Every writer needs a Vera

Partner in crime: George Eliot had her own version of Vera – an admirer and supporter who encouraged her to write fiction.

Jane Sullivan Where are the literary spouses of today? It's like looking for hen's teeth.

Society

Review: Six Capitals by Jane Gleeson-White on accounting for the environment

Metrics: <i>Six Capitals</i> by Jane Gleeson-White proposes measuring profit in a different way.

ROSS GITTINS Jane Gleeson-White makes a good case for the success of her unlikely revolutionaries.

Fiction

Review: Sulari Gentill's A Murder Unmentioned investigates the past

<i>A Murder Unmentioned</i> by Sulari Gentill.

Sulari Gentill likes to tease, blithely slotting real people and events into A Murder Unmentioned.

Memoir

Alan Cumming's celebrity-free memoir confronts an evil father

Critically acclaimed: Alan Cumming and Liza Minnelli in Sam Mendes' <i>Cabaret</i>.

Richard Ferguson Alan Cumming's new book may be laced with sentimentality but its central storyline could reduce the most resistant reader to tears.

The dangers of signing off with an X

An x between friends. <i>Illustration: Simon Letch</i>

David Astle X is the unknown, the explicit, the mystery factor and the treasure spot. It's multiplication and Malcolm, the criss-cross and the chromosome, the Files and the Box, but most of all, around this time of year, it's the kiss.

Top 10 bestsellers for week ending December 6, 2014

Ahead: Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul by Jeff Kinney.

The best-selling book titles this week.

The question of Jewish identity remains painfully unresolved

Courageous: <i>How I Stopped Being a Jew</i> by Shlomo Sand.

Louise Adler How I Stopped Being a Jew will ensure Shlomo Sand is reviled as a self-hating Jew by Zionists, anti-Zionists, religious, secular Jews, Israeli, diaspora Jews, semitophiles and anti-Semites alike.

Undercover: news from the book world

Small visual poems: <i>Interior Scene</i> by Cressida Campbell from her boxed sets of cards.

SUSAN WYNDHAM Affordable artworks; quick and dirty publishing; prime minister's summer reading; festival moves.

A writer's Christmas lament: man cannot live on tinsel alone

Barry Dickins: All he wants for Christmas are the things that writer's need to earn a crust.

Barry Dickins Trying to glean a coin at this contradictory time of the year is almost an act of masochism if you're a writer or a criminal; maybe they're the same thing?

Book review: Banjo, by Paul Terry

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Robert Willson A readable introduction to the life and times of Australian bush balladist Banjo Paterson.

Book review: Inside HBO's Game of Thrones, Dothraki, Rogues, The World of Ice and Fire

Reviewer: Colin Steele A feast of George R. R. Martin and Game of Thrones related titles arrive just in time for Christmas.

Book review: Autumn All The Cats Return, by Philippe Georget

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Anna Creer This is a powerful exploration of the potent force of revenge and of the horrors of the Algerian conflict.

Book review: Fire and Movement: The British Expeditionary Force and the Campaign of 1914, by Peter Hart

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Reviewer: Chris Roberts An engaging account of the British Army's contribution to the 1914 campaign, and of their German opponents.

Book reviews: Conversations I've Never Had, Poems from here

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Geoff Page Geoff Page looks at two new poetry collections - one by Caitlin Maling and the other, by Kathryn Hummel.

Lunch with Tom Keneally

Animated storyteller: Thomas Keneally.

CHRIS JOHNSTON Tom Keneally is 79 years old and has been writing books for 50 years. He wants to write lots more

Children's books reviews: A characterful Christmas

Tea and Sugar Christmas  by Jane Jolly and Robert Ingpen

Stephanie Owen Reeder Stephanie Owen Reeder reveals a selection of colourful Christmas characters that make perfect gifts.

Government give and take to the struggling book industry

Charlotte Wood, author and new chair of arts practice, literature for the Australia Council.

SUSAN WYNDHAM Writers and other artists are likely to be the losers when the Federal Government diverts $6 million from the Australia Council for the Arts to fund the Book Council of Australia.

Book reviews: The Job, The Good Life and I Let You Go

Take 3's pick of the latest crime novels.

Jeff Popple Here are three great thrillers from Martina Cole, Janet Evanovich and Clare Mackintosh to take to the beach this summer.

UK dramatist David Wood adapted children's classic The Tiger Who Came To Tea for the stage

Roaring fun: A stage performance of Judith Kerr's children's classic,

Sonia Harford Actor and writer David Wood, dubbed Britain's “national children’s dramatist”, never forgets the risks in meddling with treasured childhood stories such as Judith Kerr's classic "The Tiger Who Came to Tea".

PJ Harvey's poetry debut to soar

Deep and meaningful: PJ Harvey.

MICHAEL DWYER "One grey dove circles the ruins. A jet heads to the base." So begins The Guest Room, from the first book of poetry by PJ Harvey.

Books that changed me: Marieke Hardy

Marieke Hardy

Marieke Hardy From The Phantom Tollbooth to F. Scott Fitzgerald, writer and First Tuesday Book Club panellist Marieke Hardy picks her most meaningful reads.

Book review: No Man's Land by Roland Fishman introduces a new action hero

Author Roland Fishman: The creative writing teacher and former journalist has crafted a thriller bracketed by his love of the surf.

Winsor Dobbin No Man's Land is the first in a series of thrillers featuring special operative Russell Carter, a man of few words but much action.

Bookshop: Sabine Durrant, June Steenkamp, Michael Leunig, Hannah Chandler

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Thuy On On the shelf this week: Remember Me This Way, Reeva, The Penguin Leunig, I Don't Like Cheese.

Book review: Marian Keyes - The Woman Who Stole My Life is less grounded

Gallows humour: <i>The Woman Who Stole My Life</i> by Marian Keyes.

Lucy Sussex The Woman Who Stole My Life is not quite Keyes at her best, but then she sets a very high standard.

Book reviews: Diary of a Wimpy Kid - The Long Haul, The Jewel, Egg & Spoon

Take Three dinkus

Reviewer: Karen Hardy Karen Hardy reveals three children's fiction releases that make perfect Christmas presents.

Frank Moorhouse looks over his shoulder at Australia's creeping surveillance

Watching the spies: Novelist Frank Moorhouse in the grounds of The Quadrangle.

LINDA MORRIS The Cold War world of fictional spies has always intrigued Frank Moorhouse. In his new book, he examines real-life surveillance in Australia.

P.D. James' crime fiction always satisfied

Chilling fables: There was nothing cosy about  P.D. James.

Jane Sullivan P.D. James was a trailblazer in many ways, adding psychological complexity and a moral compass to her murder mysteries.

Non-fiction book reviews

About Time by Vahram Muratyan

Steven Carroll A new biography by Lisa Hilton is a daring interpretation of the life of the "virgin queen",

Politics

Russell Brand packages narcissism as politics

Karmic clanger: <i>Revolution</i> by Russell Brand.

Richard King Russell Brand has given serious thought a try, and the results are profoundly piffling.

Fiction

Review: Rachel Cusk's latest narrator is revealed through her conversations in Outline

Novellist Rachel Cusk.

Gretchen Shirm Rachel Cusk's latest novel abandons the technicalities of plot, allowing its narrator to find meaning in disparate conversations.

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Bookmarks

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Undercover

News and views on books, writers and publishing.

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