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Markus Zusak gives glimpse behind the scenes of latest bestseller, Bridge of Clay

Markus Zusak gives glimpse behind the scenes of latest bestseller, Bridge of Clay

Some were disappointed his new novel Bridge of Clay wasn't more like his world-famous The Book Thief; but what unites these books is bigger than what divides.

  • by Emma Young

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Lynda la Plante's Widows still makes waves

Lynda la Plante's Widows still makes waves

Lynda la Plante's Widows series has captured a whole new generation of fans.

  • by Karen Hardy
The Orchardist's Daughter a story of belonging and courage

The Orchardist's Daughter a story of belonging and courage

There is a real sense of Australianness to Karen Viggers' work so it’s somewhat ironic she’s far more successful in Europe than she is in her own country.

  • by Karen Hardy
The best books of 2018 ... and a few more as well

The best books of 2018 ... and a few more as well

Wondering what to read next? We asked a shelf-load of Australian writers to tell us about the books they loved this year.

Minette Walters turns to history: 'It's fascinating in a ghoulish way'
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Minette Walters turns to history: 'It's fascinating in a ghoulish way'

Minette Walters never thought buying a house in Dorset 20 years ago would eventually lead her to stop writing crime fiction.

  • by Karen Hardy
Matthew Reilly: 'My readers have always forced me to be better'

Matthew Reilly: 'My readers have always forced me to be better'

For more than 20 years his books have left us guessing at every chapter ending, now there's a message in each of them.

  • by Karen Hardy
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Booker-winner Anna Burns cements revival of Belfast's life and culture

Booker-winner Anna Burns cements revival of Belfast's life and culture

Man Booker winner Anna Burns' novel has sealed its place in the revival of Belfast as a city of culture and literary life.

  • by Adrian McKinty
'I'm a feminist, but...': comedian Deborah Frances-White on her new book
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'I'm a feminist, but...': comedian Deborah Frances-White on her new book

The Aussie behind The Guilty Feminist, a podcast with 50 million downloads, chats to us about her physical approach to confidence and her guiltiest pleasures.

  • by Serena Coady
An uneasy moment for women fuels a boom in science fiction

An uneasy moment for women fuels a boom in science fiction

What if masculinity were literally toxic?

  • by Alexandra Alter
Memories of Nan's kitchen provide food for thought
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Memories of Nan's kitchen provide food for thought

A good cookbook is more than just a list of recipes - it can evoke memories of childhood kitchens and family members long gone.

  • by Karen Hardy
Terror and tragedy: Journalist's WWI diaries paint a harrowing picture
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Terror and tragedy: Journalist's WWI diaries paint a harrowing picture

Charles Bean's diaries have been edited into a 640-page book which provides a front-line account of the horrors of World War I.

  • by Dan Jervis-Bardy