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Picador; $29.99
By Stephanie Bishop
Bloomsbury; $29.99
By Adrian McKinty
Jonathan Franzen
An interview with Jonathan Franzen
By Richard Cooke
Jennifer Clement is a writer and the current president of PEN International. A past president of PEN Mexico, her work there was on disappeared and killed journalists. For her novel Prayers for the Stolen, Clement spent many years researching the abduction of young girls. Her earlier books include A True Story Based on
Anne-Marie Slaughter is the president and CEO of the think tank New America, a professor of politics and international affairs at Princeton University, and the author of seven books. In 2012, she wrote the controversial Atlantic cover story ‘Why Women Still Can’t Have It All’.   Her latest book is
Kerry O’Brien’s Keating is as close to a memoir or autobiography of Paul Keating as we will ever get.   Join O’Brien and Laura Tingle at Adelaide Writers’ Week 2016 as they discuss the conversations between one of Australia’s most intriguing public figures and the country’s most influential political
There is perhaps no recent book that has polarised audiences the way Charlotte Wood’s The Natural Way of Things has. This audacious novel, which won the 2016 Stella Prize, tells the story of a group of women who are kidnapped and held in a remote location as a punishment for their perceived improprieties.
With Fates and Furies, American author Lauren Groff has written a masterpiece of a novel that tells the story of the hugely successful marriage of Lotto and Mathilde – tall, glamorous and madly in love. Richly evoked and wonderfully plotted, this chronicle of a 24-year marriage reveals not only that every story has
Can writing be taught? Or are writers born, not made?    Bill Manhire is the creative force behind the distinguished IIML creative writing program as well as a celebrated poet. Max Porter is an editor with Granta & Portobello Books who has recently seen one of his writers win the Man Booker
Adventurer, scholar and writer Simon Winchester follows his magisterial tome Atlantic with the aptly named Pacific: The Ocean of the Future. It covers silicon chips and surfboards, coral reefs and atom bombs, brutal dictators, fading empires, and the coming collision of the world’s superpowers. Only
In her new biography Take Six Girls: The Lives of the Mitford Sisters, Laura Thompson takes us inside one of the 20th century’s most fascinating families. With Sheila: The Australian Beauty Who Bewitched British Society, Robert Wainwright tells the story of the vivacious Sheila Chisholm.   These two
As a child growing up in North Korea, Hyeonseo Lee was one of millions trapped by a secretive and brutal communist regime. Aged 17, she escaped to China. Twelve years later, she was reunited with her family.   She is the author of The Girl with Seven Names: A North Korean Defector's Story, and she
Helen Garner’s work collected in ‘Everywhere I Look’
By Anna Goldsworthy
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Hunter Publishers; $39.95
By Michael Lucy
Hamish Hamilton; $32.99
By Brenda Walker
Historian Simon Sebag Montefiore has spent years studying the history of Russia, from the Romanov dynasty to Stalin. Russian-American journalist Masha Gessen has written extensively on Russian society and politics, including a critical biography of Vladimir Putin. At the Perth Writers Festival 2016, they
Kidnapped by Mark Tedeschi is the riveting account of Australia’s only known kidnapping of a child for ransom; A Murder Without Motive by Martin McKenzie-Murray examines the killing of Perth girl Rebecca Ryle.   At the Perth Writers Festival 2016, they talk to Bruce Russell about senseless crimes
Bloomsbury; $29.99
By Helen Elliott

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