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Five amazing books to read this summer

When picking books to read this summer, reach out for the unknown. Here are five expert recommendations for fiction, nonfiction, and poetry, for which deserved attention is just starting to shine.
A new study examines the responses of Australian authors, publishers and readers to global changes in the contemporary publishing environment. www.shutterstock.com

How to read the Australian book industry in a time of change

A study into the responses of Australian authors, publishers and readers to global changes in the contemporary publishing environment suggests authors are being innovative, but financial rewards can be elusive.
Elena Ferrante’s searing portraits of women have won her international acclaim, though very little is known about the author herself. Text Publishing

Successfully absent: Elena Ferrante’s Italian books

Italian novelist Elena Ferrante has been called "one of the great novelists of our time" and her Neapolitan novel cycle "an unconditional masterpiece". But the author herself remains an intangible figure.
What can be read between the handwritten lines of Victor Hugo’s Les Misérables manuscript? Bibliothèque nationale de France

Don’t be Misérables – it’s Hugo’s original manuscript

The handwritten manuscript of Victor Hugo’s novel Les Misérables (1862) – from which the blockbuster stage show and numerous movies ultimately descend – has arrived at the State Library of Victoria (its…

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