Australian books

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Publishing powerhouse Louise Adler named director of Adelaide writers’ week
Adelaide-born publisher a frequent presence at Australia’s largest literary festival, having sat on panels and interviewed authors

Kelly Burke

02, Dec, 2021 @7:00 PM

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The Way it is Now by Garry Disher review – provocative whodunnit interrogates small-town misogyny
Disher’s story of a burnt-out cop investigating his mother’s disappearance asks complex questions of its male characters

Bec Kavanagh

02, Dec, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Another Day in the Colony by Chelsea Watego review – a fierce manifesto for First Nations to flourish
Watego’s essays draw from other great Black thinkers to argue for a future based not in inclusion and hope, but self-determination

Declan Fry

25, Nov, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Wild Place by Christian White review – ‘Satanic panic’ thriller leans on tired tropes
The Clickbait co-creator’s latest crime fiction explores moral panic and malevolent forces in small-town Australia, but is let down by crudely drawn characters

Joseph Cummins

18, Nov, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Last Letter to a Reader by Gerald Murnane review – an elegiac but cantankerous swan song
The Australian literary great bows out with a collection of essays that ruminate on his experience of reading all his books in order

Emmett Stinson

15, Nov, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Christos Tsiolkas on retreating from the outrage cycle: ‘I’ve felt as if I was disappointing people’
Lockdown forced the Australian author to contemplate both his interior life and the big picture. The result is 7½, a work of autofiction that ‘just poured out’

Brigid Delaney

12, Nov, 2021 @7:00 PM

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The Last Woman in the World by Inga Simpson review – apocalyptic thriller preys on Australians’ worst nightmares
Simpson’s page-turner, about a recluse living in the aftermath of bushfires and pandemic, makes us see the world anew as it meditates on the importance of companionship

Steve Dow

11, Nov, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Christos Tsiolkas wins $60,000 Melbourne prize for literature
Melbourne writer honoured for ‘outstanding contribution to Australian literature and to cultural and intellectual life’

Kelly Burke

10, Nov, 2021 @7:47 AM

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Sally Hepworth on Amy Poehler, Liane Moriarty and her six-times-a-day writing regime
The Melbourne writer discusses her failures and her craft – and why she shuns the housewife-author stereotype

Sarah Ayoub

09, Nov, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Writing political poetry in difficult times: there’s a reason fascist regimes come for the artists | Maxine Beneba Clarke
Black Lives Matter, bushfires and Covid raged around Melbourne author Maxine Beneba Clarke as she tapped into an ancestral tradition of using art to express the unthinkable

Maxine Beneba Clarke

08, Nov, 2021 @4:30 PM

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Not quite blak enough: ‘The people who think I am too white to be Aboriginal are all white’
Why do I identify with my Aboriginal family and not my Irish and English ancestry? There are many reasons, and they are all compelling

Claire Coleman

07, Nov, 2021 @4:30 PM

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The art of the steal: ‘I have poached shamelessly from my enemies’
When writers ‘borrow heavily’ from people they know, is it theft? Australian writers weigh in on limits of creative licence

Jock Serong

05, Nov, 2021 @7:00 PM

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