Schools and parents have a role to play in the future of our children.
The best-selling author of the Tomorrow series is also a teacher and school principal. His new book The Art of Growing Up has many truths on raising children, but also many contradictions.
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.
In Wordslut, Amanda Montell deconstructs gendered language.
The book promises to help reclaim language used against women, exploring the origins of gendered slurs. But its use of contemporary slang and lack of an index undermines its credibility.
A new book by ABC journalist Jess Hill is the result of four years’ investigation into the problem of domestic violence.
A new book scrutinises the social and psychological causes of domestic abuse, its terrifying consequences, particularly the impact on children, and the failure of our legal and social institutions to adequately respond.
A protest outside South Africa’s Parliament demanding amnesty for students arrested during “fees must fall” protests.
More than ever, South African universities need a new social contract that charts a way forward and begins to heal divisions.
David Gillespie’s new book is full of exaggerated claims that are often not backed up by science.
In his new book, Teen Brain, David Gillespie suggests anxiety and other problems are on the rise among teenagers due to smartphones and tablets. This could be true, but his claims are overblown.
A collection of essays, personal stories, pictures and poetry reflects on the challenges for women who speak out about assault in the age of #MeToo.
A new anthology collects the voices of 35 contributors on #MeToo in Australia. The book wades into all the difficult areas, from sexual assault to the culture that enables it.
Nettie Palmer’s ’s 1916 poem, Birds, was a love song from a wife to a soldier-husband.
photographer unknown. State Library of Victoria
An anthology of Victorian women poets is a window into their thoughts and feelings during the first world war.
Vicki Laveau-Harvie has won the 2019 Stella Prize for her memoir The Erratics. With rare honesty, the book shatters expectations of what a mother should be.
Debut memoir The Erratics possesses a rare honesty, exploding socially sanctioned ideas about mothers and families.
This year’s Stella Prize shortlist is difficult to sum up or pin down - but the experiences of young people are a recurring theme.
Stella Prize/The Conversation
The six books shortlisted for this year's Stella prize cover diverse subject matter and make risky aesthetic choices; they are serious and thoroughly unsentimental.
Members of Brisbane’s Sudanese community celebrate the signing of a peace accord that signalled an end to the Second Sudanese Civil War in 2005. The first recorded African-diaspora settlers in Australia were convicts who landed with the First Fleet in 1788.
A new collection of writing by African-diaspora Australians shares a diversity of experiences: stories of displacement, isolation, endurance and the right to call Australia home.
In his new book The Rosie Result, author Graeme Simsion is not afraid to confront many of the issues surrounding perceptions of autism.
The final instalment to the Rosie Project trilogy points to greater awareness about neurological differences such as autism.
One of the photographs from Terry Kurgan’s book.
In Terry Kurgan’s book family history, however tortuous, is subsumed into a greater history of the greatest atrocity.
Anne Summers photographed in 2013 with Julia Gillard.
Many harsh things are said in Summers' book. It’s difficult to decide whether to praise its “breathtaking honesty” – as critics undoubtedly will – or draw back like a witness to some gruesome accident.
The opening of Mirka Café in 1954.
photographer unknown Mirka Mora papers, private collection, Melbourne
A new book sheds light on the dramatic artistic and culinary life of artist Mirka Mora and her husband Georges.
This pin cushion made from the jawbone of a thylacine won second prize in the handicraft section of the Glamorgan Show in 1900.
Courtesy Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery
A new book connects disparate objects and texts to tell the story of Tasmania. It is an inspired enterprise.
In her new book, Ford examines how boys are inducted into ‘toxic masculinity’ – and argues we need to raise boys better.
Ford works toward dismantling the idea that feminism is harming men. Instead, she proposes that a patriarchal society can be as harmful and destructive for individual men as it can be for women.
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.
Author Michelle de Kretser with her Miles Franklin prize-winning novel, The Life To Come.
Courtesy Perpetual/Copyright Agency/Martin Ollman.
Every character in The Life To Come is complex, frustratingly unfulfilled, marked by kindness, selfishness, or dumb selflessness. But they are always, entirely, convincing.
A memorial in Kukenarup to the massacre that took place in the area, in which 30-40 Aboriginal men, women, and children were killed.
Kim Scott, whose novel Taboo is shortlisted for the 2018 Miles Franklin award, circles around colonial violence in his work.