The six shortlisted authors for this year’s Miles Franklin, from left to right: Michael Mohammed Ahmad, Gail Jones, Gregory Day, Melissa Lucashenko, Rodney Hall and Jennifer Mills.
Courtesy of the Miles Franklin/ Belinda Rolland
Each novel in this list is profoundly empathetic, and deeply attuned to contemporary Australia.
Nettie Palmer’s ’s 1916 poem, Birds, was a love song from a wife to a soldier-husband.
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An anthology of Victorian women poets is a window into their thoughts and feelings during the first world war.
South African liberation struggle icon Winnie Madikizela-Mandela.
Controversy around Winnie Madikizela-Mandela continues in death as it did in life.
Steinhoff CEO Markus Jooste was an excessively dominant, forceful and feared boss.
Steinhoff was the darling of investors, asset managers, analysts and financial journalists. But its success was built on shaky foundations.
Alexis Wright, pictured here in 2007 after winning the Miles Franklin award for her book Carpentaria, is one of many writers first published by University of Queensland Press.
The University of Queensland Press has a peerless record of discovering, nurturing and supporting Australian writers. A new anthology is a cross-section of many of their writings.
The confidence to navigate the borders between cultures and languages is essential in the world today. Why not start the education this holiday, with adventure stories?
The confidence to navigate between cultures and languages is essential in the world today. Start the education this holiday, with adventure stories from Guam to the North Pole.
Whichwood is one of five great reads for teens that highlight authentic experiences, marginalized voices and critical thinking.
Here are five great book recommendations for teens that promote critical thinking, authentic voices, diversity and good conversations.
What future the Great Barrier Reef? What future energy policy? Two new publications on the ongoing battles of climate politics deserve close attention.
Zimbabwean police beat up a man protesting the reintroduction of local banknotes.
From poetry to factual narratives and personal memoirs, these books are worth reading.
Author Christine Qunta says forgiveness trumps justice in South Africa.
Qunta advocates a reparations fund to accelerate corrective policies, that schools be freed from colonial indoctrination and that African culture should be mainstreamed, especially African languages.
Cecil John Rhodes: master of all he surveys - but not of a secret society.
The book contains major flaws, the chief of which is the lack of solid, supporting evidence. Brown claims that ‘Rhodes documented everything’ – which was not actually the case in this regard.
What better way to spend your year-end holiday than absorbed in a good book or ten?
There isn't a lot of time for recreational reading when you're running a university. But when year-end holidays roll around, Africa's vice chancellors can finally read for pleasure.
Sacks’ works have introduced readers to the marvellous complexities of the mind.
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The popular neurologist revealed earlier this year that he only has months to live – a statement which casts his recently-released memoir, On the Move: A Life, in a new light.
Selling students short comes at an important time for higher education in Australia: funding uncertainties and questions over academic standards have never been more pronounced.
Richard Hil’s Selling Students Short: Why You Won’t Get the Education You Deserve is a timely exposé of the difficult conditions facing students at Australia’s increasingly corporatised universities.
Salman Rushdie claims not to have realised his GoodReads ratings were public.
Negative reaction by other authors to Salman Rushdie’s book ratings demonstrates how sensitive writers can be. But why shouldn’t an author give however many stars they like to a book?
A recent book of Brett Whiteley’s drawings reveals his extraordinary talents as a draughtsman. Wendy sleeping (1973). Pen, brush and brown ink. 29.9x33.4 cm.
Brett Whiteley Estate © Wendy Whiteley.
Some 23 years after his death, Australian artist Brett Whitely's vision continues to have resonance and will likely remain a defining representation of late 20th century Australia.
Good reviewers don’t need editors to fight their battles.
It is perfectly understandable for an editor to be protective of his own patch, but it is worrying when the editor of a national magazine, which claims to be the leading independent Australian literary…
A new collection takes stock of the four decades that have passed since the publication of Dennis Altman’s landmark book, Homosexual.
Noted Works is a new series on The Conversation devoted to long-form reviews of significant new books. See the end for further details. Dennis Altman was a young, articulate activist and out gay man when…
All serious writers should take their own work, and the efforts of others, seriously.
There should be no hard and fast rules concerning book reviewing. That’s because reviewing constitutes a worthy genre in its own right, one that should not be limited by guidelines or mandates. Criticism…
Let’s not underestimate the intellectual goodwill that sustains our literary culture.
Book reviewers and the editors of periodicals that commission them are used to sour assessments of their worth, but Professor John Dale’s article on The Conversation yesterday is in a class of its own…