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Zadie Smith’s ‘Feel Free’

In this collection of essays, Smith shines when she’s addressing the personal

‘Lady Bird’ directed by Greta Gerwig

The debut director goes home to make a funny, touching film about wanting to leave it

Tim Winton’s ‘The Shepherd’s Hut’

One of Australia’s most acclaimed novelists offers a painful and beautiful story of redemption

‘The Only Story’ by Julian Barnes

The meticulous novelist takes on the oldest subject there is

‘Her Body and Other Parties’ by Carmen Maria Machado

Short stories that cross genres and emotional states

‘Border Districts’ by Gerald Murnane

Writing that rewards patience

‘The Deuce’ (HBO / Foxtel)

David Simon’s new series shines amid the sleaze of the New York porn industry