Behrouz Boochani photographed on Manus Island.
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Behrouz Boochani wrote his memoir of incarceration on Manus Island one text message at a time. Translating this work of 'horrific surrealism' from Farsi to English was a profoundly philosophical experience.
Gregory Peck and Harper Lee on the set of To Kill a Mockingbird.
To Kill a Mockingbird is no sermon. Its lessons are presented in effortless style, tackling the complexity of race issues with startling clarity and a strong sense of reality.
Mad, bad or dangerous – the gripping true crime story of Grace Marks, who caused a sensation in the 19th century and still holds fascination today.
Sir Laurence Olivier and Merle Oberon in the 1939 film Wuthering Heights.
Wuthering Heights is anything but a straightforward love story.
In this 1999 photo, author Michael Ondaatje poses at Coach House Press in Toronto. In addition to receiving a coveted spot on the 2018 Man Booker longlist for ‘Warlight,’ Michael Ondaatje recently won the Golden Man Booker prize for his critically acclaimed novel ‘The English Patient.’
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The meanings of Ondaatje's Golden Man Booker win is complicated and demonstrates the contradictions of literary value. Literary prizes permit us to imagine that literature is more than a commodity.
An illustration by Tosa Mitsuoki of The Tale of Genji, late 17th century.
Murasaki Shikibu, the author of The Tale of Genji, served in the Japanese imperial court. She transformed her experiences into an intricate narrative fusing fiction, history, and poetry.
Is the belief in art’s healing power just wishful thinking, or is there something to it?
William Faulkner’s novel depicts a poor rural family from Mississippi struggling to find their place in the modernising society of the 1930s.
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William Faulkner began writing As I Lay Dying the day after the 1929 Wall Street crash. It documents, through the voices of 15 characters, the emergence of a poor white family into the modern world.
Guy Pearce as the Chandleresque private investigator Jack Irish: in the early years of Australian crime fiction, convicts and bushrangers featured prominently.
Australia's rich tradition of crime fiction is little known – early tales told of bushrangers and convicts, one hero was a mining engineer turned amateur detective – but it reveals a range of national myths and fantasies.
Slums like this one in Rio de Janeiro embody the problems Paul Ehrlich warned of in ‘The Population Bomb.’
Fifty years ago biologist Paul Ehrlich published 'The Population Bomb,' an apocalyptic warning that overcrowding would lead to wars and famine. Here's what the book got right and wrong.
Australian book clubs are overwhelmingly white, middle-aged, middle-class and female.
Most book clubs are white and middle-class. Even today, books and reading can presume a divide between Indigenous oral story-telling and non-Indigenous literacy.
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The Booker Prize is 50 – and to celebrate it, there's a mega prize.
Rozanna Lilley, the author of Do Oysters Get Bored? A curious life.
Rozanna Lilley’s book Do Oysters Get Bored? explores the complexity of family life, contrasting her own unconventional childhood with caring for her autistic son.
Interdisciplinary research led to the discovery that three historic books were covered in a layer of arsenic.
These books will kickstart a lifelong love of reading, and build a bedtime bond between parent and child.
Australia’s romantic attitude to farming has done untold damage to the land.
The powerful ideological connection between Australia and agriculture is being increasingly scrutinised. A spate of recent books have recast basic assumptions about our relationship to the land.
An illustration of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “The Brave Little Tailor.
Fairy stories come alive in the telling — and the retelling.
The study shared by Donald and Myfanwy Horne photographed in 2014.
Karl Schwerdtfeger Photography.
A new room will open at the NSW State LIbrary today, furnished with objects from Donald and Myfanwy Horne's study. Their daughter, Julia, reflects here on a writing partnership and the room that fostered it.
Heart of Darkness follows a journey up the Congo River, but equally critiques the imperial powers back in Europe.
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In our ongoing Guide to the Classics series, we look at Heart of Darkness: the product of dark historical energies that continue to shape our contemporary world.
How the female memoir helps to celebrates women’s voices.
How funny women are turning to ‘femoir’ to promote female empowerment.