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In the spying game, who do we read after John le Carre?
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In the spying game, who do we read after John le Carre?

The creator of George Smiley has gone, but it's not the end of the espionage novel, far from it.

  • by Jane Sullivan

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Non-fiction: On Connection by Kae Tempest and three other titles
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Non-fiction: On Connection by Kae Tempest and three other titles

Kae Tempest's thoughtful essay examines creativity as an electrical current.

  • by Fiona Capp
Why we're animal crackers – and what we can do to save them
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Why we're animal crackers – and what we can do to save them

Some of the close encounters with Australian fauna captured in this collection can be fleeting but life-defining.

  • by Natasha Mitchell
The polished gems from Shirley Hazzard's trove of sparkling stories
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The polished gems from Shirley Hazzard's trove of sparkling stories

The New York-based Australian writer's complete short fiction reveals her intellectual confidence and stylistic control.

  • by Susan Wyndham
A treasury of wise observation and important questions
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A treasury of wise observation and important questions

Don Watson's collected writing is a remarkable anthology of witty, cultured eclecticism

  • by Jonathan Green
From the Archives, 1951: Power Without Glory libel case

From the Archives, 1951: Power Without Glory libel case

On this day seventy years ago author Frank Hardy was in Melbourne's City Court charged with the criminal libel of Ellen Wren, allegedly "Nellie West" in his 1950 novel Power Without Glory. Ellen was the wife of prominent and controversial Melbourne Catholic businessman John Wren, whose empire and perceived influence on Labor was the barely disguised subject of the novel. Hardy faced 26 years' jail. The trial lasted nine months. Hardy was acquitted on June 19, 1951.

  • by Staff writer
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Sally Rooney to publish new novel in September

Sally Rooney to publish new novel in September

The acclaimed Irish writer Sally Rooney is continuing her run of catchy titles and stories of young people negotiating their perplexing lives.

  • by Jason Steger
Lapsed bookworm? How you can get back into the habit of reading

Lapsed bookworm? How you can get back into the habit of reading

Set aside time, banish the guilt, don't be afraid of genres and other tips to fall back in love with books.

  • by Jane Sullivan
Enough of the 'chick lit' for over 50s, it doesn't cut the mustard
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Enough of the 'chick lit' for over 50s, it doesn't cut the mustard

We’ve had the kids, the marriages, the divorces, the promotions, the betrayals, the heartbreaks and the breakdowns. Now it’s time for a glorious Second Act.

  • by Kathy Lette
Fiction: White Throat by Sarah Thornton and three more titles
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Fiction: White Throat by Sarah Thornton and three more titles

Looking for a new Australian crime series for the holidays? You might try Sarah Thornton's second book featuring disgraced ex-lawyer Clementine Jones.

  • by Cameron Woodhead
Pups, vampires and a president: The bestselling books of 2020

Pups, vampires and a president: The bestselling books of 2020

In a difficult year for the book trade, sales rose by nearly 10 per cent and Australian authors proved to be the most popular.

  • by Jason Steger