Alex Gino’s book tells the story of Melissa, a ten-year-old girl who the world sees as a boy named George.
George tells the story of Melissa, a ten-year-old girl who the world sees as a boy named George. Such books will, hopefully, move from being anomalies to part of the status quo.
A drawing from Lewis Carroll’s manuscript of Alice’s Adventures Under Ground, written between 1862-64.
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Alice has always trail-blazed through new and uncharted territory, and this is no less true of her ventures into the 21st century.
Nightmarish societies triggered by catastrophic climate events.
The dystopian futures and nightmarish societies that inspire hope but can't insist on change.
Publishers need to stop indulging in apocalyptic fantasies of doom and destruction.
The Australian government yesterday announced it intends to repeal parallel importation restrictions on books, which has again caused concern in the publishing industry. But, really, what's the problem?
The film's exploration of a young Irish woman's emigration to 1950s New York digs beneath nostalgic stereotype.
Gloria Steinem’s new autobiography reminds us of her work as a tireless grassroots campaigner. Here pictured with Barack Obama receiving the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2013.
In her new autobiography, celebrated feminist, activist and author Gloria Steinem seeks to set the record straight on controversial aspects of her legacy.
The distinctions between highbrow and middlebrow fiction are as old as literature itself.
The distinctions between highbrow and middlebrow fiction are as old as literature itself. So does the current spat over such terms mean anything in the long term for works of literature? Unlikely.
A recent exchange highlights the complicated nature of ownership when it comes to the Harry Potter universe.
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JK Rowling has come under fire for signing an open letter opposing a cultural boycott of Israel. The form of the complaints, and Rowling's response, tell us much about the author-fan relationship.
The Nursery Alice, illustrated by John Tenniel.
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It’s 150 years since an Oxford mathematics don published the most important work of children’s literature and one of the most influential books of all time. The origins of Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland…
Qiu Xiaolong’s nine novels give excellent insights into China from the time of Mao Zedong and the Cultural Revolution to the present.
Struggling to get a handle on modern-day China and all its complexities? Looking to have fun while doing so? The Detective Chen novels could be just the ticket.
Smith’s disavowal of plot makes for an utterly tantalising read.
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Smith’s claim that she is writing about nothing is really her way of renouncing any expectation that her memoir should be anchored by a readily defined plot. This isn’t a story in which a lot of things happen.
When we speak of writer’s block, we may actually be talking about a ‘creation block’.
The dreaded blank page haunts every writer. But what happens in your brain when you run dry? And, more importantly, what – if anything – can be done about it?
Marlon James, who this week became the first Jamaican to win the Man Booker Prize, represents a new generation of Caribbean novelists.
Marlon James won the Booker Prize this week with a book that focuses on the unrest and violence of 1970s Jamaica, a troubled chapter that continues to shape the island nation's present - and its future.
Every year thousands of students read George Orwell’s 1984 and are doubtless convinced that its perspective on language and power is “definitive”. Except that it’s not; and hasn’t been since at least the 1970s.
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Many still regard George Orwell’s 1984 and its message about the nature of language and power "definitive". But globalisation has revolutionised how we communicate; 1984 tells us nothing about our future.
A new study examines the responses of Australian authors, publishers and readers to global changes in the contemporary publishing environment.
A study into the responses of Australian authors, publishers and readers to global changes in the contemporary publishing environment suggests authors are being innovative, but financial rewards can be elusive.
Anne Tyler’s Booker short-listed novel is an exquisite meditation on family life.
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Male friendship is often overlooked in the 20th-century novel, but in her Booker short-listed novel Yanagihara places it centre.
Gender plays a role in what you read for courses.
Female scholars tend to assign more readings from women authors. But then male instructors assign more of their own work.
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Obioma's novel struggles to get going, then splutters and stalls to an unimpressive conclusion.
Claudia Rankine, winner of the Forward Prize.
Claudia Rankine, winner of the Forward Prize, has provoked discussions about poetry and race in the US. Why are these conversations not happening in the UK?