Authors and their itinerant lives; the debate about identifying literary critics; and the debut novel by a Sydney author making its mark in Los Angeles.
The strange news that Casey Donovan was duped by woman posing as a mysterious male suitor, revealed in her tell-all autobiography Big, Beautiful & Sexy, has generated plenty of sympathy for the former Australian Idol winner. But it's left people scratching their heads too: how could such a thing happen? And why?
This timely book is about more than just the 1914 hunt for the SMS Emden.
Joy Dettman is the award-winning author of short stories and 13 novels including Mallawindy, Ripples on a Pond, Jacaranda Blue, and her latest, The Tying of Threads (Pan Macmillan), which is the sixth and final novel in the Woody Creek series.
Filmmaker, musician and author Rayya Elias talks about her favourite books.
On the shelf tihs week: When We Go Walkabout, The Lost Child, Season to Taste and more.
Nearing 80, writer David Malouf continues to draw on his young self as inspiration for his work. He talks to Susan Wyndham.
This book reprints the 2013 Massey Lectures originally broadcast on the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and later on the ABC. Lawrence Hill, a well-known author and novelist, roams essayistically around the subject, moving in a few pages from the 17th-century Spanish nun and writer Sor Juana de la Cruz, who was forced by the Inquisition to give up poetry and signed the document abjuring it in her own blood, to 18th-century duels, to ritualised on-field punch-ups in ice hockey. The book doesn't have a strong argument, but opens out the topic in always-stimulating ways.
'The most gripping marriage thriller since Gone Girl,'' says the promotional copy for Lucie Waterhouse's third crime novel, Before We Met. Just to recap, if you haven't read Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn, which was on everyone's top 10 list for 2012, then do so before the David Fincher film version, with a screenplay by Flynn, hits a multiplex near you in October. After which, all those surprise reversals might be forever spoiled, and Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike will supplant whatever version of the ''ideal'' couple you may secretly have cherished.
As he approaches his ninth decade, new poetry and a collection of essays remind us of the brilliance of David Malouf.