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In search of lost links in a family history

In search of lost links in a family history

Krissy Kneen’s memoir traces her search for the truth about her grandmother.

  • by Declan Fry

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The problematic but enduring appeal of a child’s voice

The problematic but enduring appeal of a child’s voice

Emily Spurr’s first novel is written from the perspective of her 10-year-old central character.

  • by Juliette Hughes
What writers look for when they read a novel

What writers look for when they read a novel

Belinda Castles’ anthology offers a compelling series of essays by authors on the qualities of other contemporary writers.

  • by Susan Wyndham
Fiona McGregor and the art of the incisive essay

Fiona McGregor and the art of the incisive essay

Fiona McGregor’s subjects range from performance art through refugee policy to the joy of queer scenes.

  • by Declan Fry
Fiona Mozley’s Hot Stew and three other fiction titles

Fiona Mozley’s Hot Stew and three other fiction titles

The Booker-shortlisted author’s second novel is a lively, Dickensian portrayal of the Soho demi-monde.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
Non-fiction: Selected Writings of Inga Clendinnen and three more

Non-fiction: Selected Writings of Inga Clendinnen and three more

The selection of Inga Clendinnen’s writing captures the underlying principles of her work as a historian.

  • by Fiona Capp
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The body, art and another literary experiment from Rachel Cusk

The body, art and another literary experiment from Rachel Cusk

The writer who loves to tinker with the form of fiction has written another intriguing novel.

  • by Clinton Caward
Why the world owes a huge debt to Florence

Why the world owes a huge debt to Florence

The city’s significant achievements took place in the midst of the corruption, disease and volatility that feature throughout its history.

  • by Simon Caterson
Marred by controversy, the Philip Roth biography is a spectacular own goal

Marred by controversy, the Philip Roth biography is a spectacular own goal

Allegations of sexual assault and impropriety against Blake Bailey make it hard to read his life of Philip Roth in the way biographer and subject may have originally intended.

  • by James Ley
With The Pursuit of Love, the Mitfords became the Kardashians of their day

With The Pursuit of Love, the Mitfords became the Kardashians of their day

In her hit comic novel, Nancy Mitford reinvented her damaged, despicable family as adorable oddballs – and pioneered “structured reality”.

  • by Iona McLaren
‘No more bingo!’ How creative writing is telling the true story of loneliness in old age

‘No more bingo!’ How creative writing is telling the true story of loneliness in old age

A unique collaboration between a Miles Franklin award-winning author and an academic is helping more people understand how aged care residents experience ‘the worst bloody feeling in the world’.

  • by Jewel Topsfield