Australian politics, society & culture


Fourth Estate; $32.99
By Stephanie Bishop
Bloomsbury; $32.99
By Claire Corbett
The femaleness of Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan novels
By Helen Elliott
A British author’s complicated relationship with the island continent
By Will Self
Children’s lit heroes Andy Griffiths, Terry Denton and Jill Griffiths step off the page and onto the stage
By Ashley Hay
Kate Grenville’s book One Life is about her mother’s life through the 20th century; Annabel Crabb’s book The Wife Drought is about being a woman now. How have expectations changed? How far have we come? Watch them in conversation with Hilary Harper at the Melbourne Writers Festival 2015. Melbourne, August
Part 1 | Part 2 In this meeting of Australian rock music royalty, Robert Forster (The Go-Betweens) hosts an in-depth conversation with acclaimed singer-songwriter Paul Kelly about Kelly’s new memoir, How to Make Gravy. They discuss Kelly’s prose and songwriting, his influences and the task of setting down a personal
Antony Beevor, author of Stalingrad, Berlin: The Downfall 1945, D-Day and Ardennes 1944: Hitler's Last Gamble, is one of the world’s bestselling – and best loved – historians.    In this conversation with Robert Manne at the Melbourne Writers Festival 2015, Beevor discusses his research, writing
JM Coetzee, Cate Kennedy, David Malouf. Three great writers – one unique evening, courtesy of the Melbourne Writers Festival 2015. Watch as each of these remarkable Australian talents reads one of their own short stories in its entirety.   JM Coetzee reads ‘A House in Spain’, Cate Kennedy reads ‘Flexion’
Daniel Handler, best known as children’s favourite Lemony Snicket, brings his deliciously skewed sensibility to his “grown-up” fiction too. His black-witted novel We Are Pirates charts desperate searches for happiness and freedom, going beyond the boundaries of ordinary lives.    Watch
Step into 1920s London and a world about to be changed forever, as you meet characters whose lives are also on the brink of transformation. Much-loved novelist Sarah Waters (Tipping the Velvet, Fingersmith, The Night Watch) discusses her brilliant and tender novel The Paying Guests with Sophie
When cherished books are turned into films, the differences can be illuminating. In this La Trobe University Ideas and Society event at the Bendigo Writers Festival 2015, authors Robyn Davidson (Tracks) and Raimond Gaita (Romulus, My Father) tell Anne Manne about their own experiences of having their work adapted for
Random House; $32.99
By Brenda Walker
‘The Complete Works of Primo Levi’ reveals the Holocaust memoirist’s extraordinary breadth
By Ramon Glazov
Stories of South Sudan from Traralgon
By Arnold Zable