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David Malouf, March 2015 in Sydney

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An imagined life: David Malouf

Celebrating the literary great’s 90th birthday with a visit to his incongruous home of Surfers Paradise to discuss a life in letters

McKenzie Wark

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Novel gazing: McKenzie Wark’s ‘Love and Money, Sex and Death’

The expat writer and scholar’s memoir is an inquiry into “what it means to experience the self as both an intimate and a stranger”

Black and white close-up photo of Sigrid Nunez

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Animal form: Sigrid Nunez

The celebrated American author’s latest book, ‘The Vulnerables’, completes a loose trilogy of hybrid autobiographical and fictional novels

Robyn Davidson in Ghanerao, Rajasthan, circa 1990, walking witha a camel and three women

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An open heart: Robyn Davidson’s ‘Unfinished Woman’

The author of ‘Tracks’ takes stock in middle age, in a memoir encompassing her mother’s tragic early death, mental health, and her relationship with Salman Rushdie

Detail of the cover of the first issue of The Phantom, published September 1948

Purple reign: The 75th anniversary of ‘The Phantom’

The longevity of the world’s first costumed superhero reflects an Australian publishing success story

Detail of Maria Lassnig, ‘Zwei Arten zu sein (Doppelselbstporträt)’, showing two head and shoulder portraits

The female unique: ‘Art Monsters’ and ‘The Other Side’

New books on women’s art from Lauren Elkin and Jennifer Higgie explore the expression of monstrosity and the marginalisation of spiritual experience

National Memorial for Peace and Justice, Montgomery, Alabama.

Moving towards grief: ‘Ordinary Notes’

Black American scholar Christina Sharpe interrogates the different demands made by guilt and grief when addressing a violent national history

Sam Neill in ‘My Brilliant Career’, 1979

Jurassic lark: Sam Neill’s ‘Did I Ever Tell You This?’

The ever-likeable New Zealander delivers that rarest of things, a memoir by an actor without vanity

Image of Alexis Wright, seated, 2007

Sovereignty of imagination: Alexis Wright

A new novel from the acclaimed Indigenous writer occasions a survey of her work, immersed in Country and the ongoing experience of colonisation

Headshot of Beth Spencer

Matters of life and Beth: Beth Spencer

The Australian author of ‘The Age of Fibs’ shares with Elena Ferrante and Annie Ernaux the desire to write truthfully of ordinary women’s lives