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The author stays out of the picture, and other personal rules of writing
By David Marr
In Zadie Smith’s new novel ‘Swing Time’, identity is always under construction
By Helen Elliott
Cover of Born To Run
Simon & Schuster; $49.99
By Anwen Crawford
Cover of The Lesser Bohemians
Text Publishing; $29.99
By Helen Elliott
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JM Coetzee’s ‘The Schooldays of Jesus’ is defined by its strangeness
By Geordie Williamson
Cover of The Island Will Sink
The Lifted Brow; $29.99
By Michael Lucy
Cover of The Good People
Picador; $32.99
By Helen Elliott
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Celebrated short-story practitioner Joy Williams turns to micro fiction in ‘Ninety-Nine Stories of God’
By Barry Hill
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Richard Flanagan delivers the inaugural Boisbouvier Lecture
By Richard Flanagan
Illustration
The late historian leaves behind a stunning body of scholarship
By Tom Griffiths
Cover of The Hate Race
Hachette; $32.99
By Brenda Walker
Cover of The Hatred of Poetry
Ben Lerner’s ‘The Hatred of Poetry’ brings together questions of art and politics
By Justin Clemens
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Philippe Sands’ ‘East West Street’ mixes memoir, biography and thriller to explain the origins of ‘crimes against humanity’ and ‘genocide’
By Martin Krygier
Image of Roald Dahl in his writing hut
The life and legacy of Roald Dahl
By Anwen Crawford
Cover of The Gustav Sonata
Chatto & Windus; $29.99
By Peter Craven
Cover of Barkskins
Fourth Estate; $32.99
By Helen Elliott

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