Reading Joan Didion's Slouching Towards Bethlehem made Natasha Lester realise that she wanted to be a writer.
The horrors witnessed by this former US Border Patrol agent – and his culpability – left him with nightmares and an urge to write.
When it comes to the historical record, is our popular image of Jesus accurate?
Lisa Halliday's debut novel has caused a stir because of the unlikely romance at its core. Her character Ezra Blazer bears a striking resemblance to Philip Roth.
Jennie Jones tops the romance fiction charts with A Place with Heart
Literary news and events in Canberra.
Frankenstein in Baghdad is part absurdist horror fantasy, part grim recent world history, and part protest against sectarian violence.
This book turns into an elaboration on the Sliding Doors principle and what follows is a series of stories, going chronologically backwards, about two lovers.
In the third of the Monsarrat series, the Keneallys' hero and his trusty sidekick, Mrs Mulrooney, are dispatched to Van Diemen's Land, where an unpopular man has been brutally murdered.
Writing a novel in the 21st century seems more and more to have become a matter of fictionalising real people and events.
Helen Thomson examines some case studies of extraordinary neurological conditions and what they say about being human.
There are lots of stories in Andrew Lloyd Webber's memoir but the book suffers from perfunctory writing.
As the ABC's court reporter Jamelle Wells has seen some extraordinary things and mixed with some horrible people.
This journey to some grim places could be relentless but it is eased by Navid Kermani's fine writing.
Ceridwen Dovey is always a stylish writer, her language perfectly measured, her imagery precise.
England has Shakespeare, Russia has Tolstoy, and India has Rabindranath Tagore. Discovering his writing is one of the delights of a visit to India.
In the final weeks of 1919, there was a skirmish between two US naval vessels when the Commanding Officer of the Solace accused the Bell of catnapping ship's mascot Tom Whiskers.
After being slammed for describing Harvey Weinstein victims as 'career rapees', Germaine Greer announces her next book... 'On Rape'.
American novelist Elizabeth J. Church was fascinated by Thomas Hardy's modern sensibility in Victorian society.
Jason Chongue's Plant Society tops the Gardening bestsellers list
Obsidio is a reminder that throughout The Illuminae Files, the driving force of the books are the characters
When Australia's first female police officer faced an angry mob in Surry Hills, all she had to defend herself was her handbag. She wasn't allowed a weapon.
Vast as English may be, there will always be holes in the overall tapestry.
Literary events in Canberra.
How far would you go to pull off a joke? Late night comedian John Oliver went above and beyond this time.