If you read a translation of a book, have you read the book? Can language ever really tell you what someone else is thinking? Jhumpa Lahiri navigates these tricky waters in her memoir, In Other Words.
Library space is changing.
The popularity of libraries has not diminished. Numbers show more people are going to libraries than ever before. Here's why.
Sarah Kanake and her brother Charlie.
Characters with Down syndrome are extremely rare in novels and rarer still are stories written from their point of view. But people with disabilities have an equal right to belong in narrative fiction.
A whole world lies in these pages.
Dismissing children's books as childish only means that adult readers miss out on a world of fantastic literature.
Jane Eyre has been retold over and over again, but remains eternally relevant.
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Charlotte Brontë's heroines - most famously Jane Eyre - struggle with psychologically complex questions. And unlike Jane Austen's female protagonists, they prize self knowledge and self expression over conventional moralism.
It is a truth universally acknowledged that the first sentence of a novel sets the tone. Our new column, On Writing, explores the wonderful world of opening lines: from Tolstoy to Elmore Leonard.
The common grey silverfish, Ctenolepisma longicaudata, in Sydney.
Silverfish have disappeared from our homes as book-bindings - their favourite food - have improved.
Young adult literature is booming – and the secret is in the communities of young book lovers forming online.
Experts once thought that young adult literature was doomed. Now it's got some of the fastest-growing sales in publishing. What changed? Social media might be the key.
Waugh considering a younger self.
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Waugh spent his time at Oxford studying: not history, but the people who would populate his novels.
‘All that is gold does not glitter, not all those who wander are lost’ - ancient Elvish verse of prophecy.
Quenya, Sindarin, Klingon and Dothraki – there's an art to making up languages.
EL James: the infamous ‘Fifty Shades’ author.
A poor review doesn't make for a bad book. But a good one doesn't make for a good one either.
Journalists Alexander Clifford of the Daily Mail and Alan Moorehead of the Daily Express in the North African desert, 1942.
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Alan Moorehead's accounts of the second world war revealed his vital and gripping talent, but his peacetime novels were stilted and corny. A new biography delves into his life and language.
Not shelved by any means – but there’s no room for complacency.
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Many libraries are now being transferred to be run by community groups. These volunteers play an important role but libraries should not be sacrificed for economic or political expediency.
All to often, true crime books have glorified male violence and reproduced crude sexist stereotypes.
The genre that brought us the writings of Mark "Chopper" Read isn't known for its impeccable gender politics. But two new books cast a critical eye on a culture of male violence.
Argentinian artist Raul Lemesoff drives his vehicle called “Arma de Instruccion Masiva” (weapon of mass instruction) through Buenos Aries. What is Australia doing to protect its publishing industry?
Books contain ideas. They enable minds to shine. Our publishing industry is under pressure on many fronts – yet cultural matters seem of little significance to the federal government.
Discworld is a wildly inventive literary creation that sprawls over dozens of books.
This Saturday it will be a year since Alzheimer's stole Terry Pratchett from the world. We mark the occasion with a beginner's guide to his most enduring creation, the 41-book Discworld series.
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Libraries and archives have dealt with threats for centuries, but the growth of digital networks has created new hazards.
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A week after the death of the writer and philosopher, Umberto Eco's swansong is making waves.
Since 2009, record sales have soared.
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While technological advances have rendered some products obsolete, they've also spurred the growth of niche markets that cater to people looking to reject mass-produced goods.
Umberto Eco, who has died aged 84.
He offered a glorious insight into the wonders of semiotics.