Her novels and essays, especially Small Island and The Long Song, brought Britain's slave-owning colonial history home to ordinary Britons, black and white alike.
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As societal habits change so too does language and metaphors.
Rules for the UK's most prestigious and lucrative literary prize effectively mean it is dominated by big publishers.
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Girls are encouraged more often to read, despite performing better in reading assessments nationally and internationally. Here's how parents and educators can help connect boys with books.
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With The Dying Trade, Peter Corris introduced Australia to one of its most successful crime heroes, Cliff Hardy.
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A great movie that gets some of its history wrong is way better than an accurate film that puts people to sleep.
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Female protagonists in young adult fiction are unlikely heroines who embrace their flaws. But when it comes to diversity, they are still largely white and middle class.
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Whether you loved him or hated him, his canonical status is beyond question.
Since Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece debuted in 1968, fictional stories of faulty or malevolent AI are legion. What have recent advances taught us and what might the future hold?