Australian politics, society & culture


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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
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Simon & Schuster; $49.99
By Anwen Crawford
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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
From the Man Booker Prize-winning author of Life of Pi comes a sprawling new novel, interweaving three families’ stories from across a century to explore the timeless quest for meaning. Discover The High Mountains of Portugal with...
Social injustice and socioeconomic status have direct impacts on health worldwide, but the discrepancy is not as simple as rich vs poor. In his groundbreaking book The Health Gap, World Medical Association president Sir Michael Marmot challenges...
How do books make you a better person? Can literature influence political judgement? At the Melbourne Writers Festival 2016, award-winning authors Anna Funder (All That I Am) and Yann Martel (Life of Pi) reveal the books that have shaped their lives...
In the wake of the Third Reich, the legal world was transformed. How did the lives of the two Jewish men who coined the terms “genocide” and “crimes against humanity“ intersect? Personal meets political in Philippe Sands’ fascinating post-World War...
From the makers of The Slap comes Barracuda, an affecting TV series based on Christos Tsiolkas’ novel. At the Melbourne Writers Festival 2016, Tsiolkas and producer Tony Ayres speak to Angela Savage about the process of taking the story from...
Molly Crabapple has been called “equal parts Hieronymus Bosch, William S Burroughs and Cirque du Soleil”. For over a decade, she’s chronicled our changing world – from Occupy Wall Street to ISIS to Guantanamo Bay – through her art, and...
At the Melbourne Writers Festival 2016, 2014 Baileys Women’s Prize winner Eimear McBride (A Girl is a Half-formed Thing) and 2016 Stella Prize winner Charlotte Wood (The Natural Way of Things) join Stella Prize executive director Aviva...
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The Lifted Brow; $29.99
By Michael Lucy
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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