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The myth that a blow to the head can both cause and cure amnesia is a common one on TV and in the movies may have begun during the 19th century.
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Women’s privates have moved to the front and centre of popular entertainment. And they're not always pretty.
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The young adult novel "Eleanor & Park" is a frequent target for book challengers. But swears and sex aside, there's something deeply subversive – and important – about this controversial book.
As soon as we defined physical boundaries in buildings, we created the burglar who breaches them.
A new book, A Burglar's Guide to the City, strays into risky moral territory by lionizing the burglar as an urban and architectural trickster.
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This year’s competition includes a more eclectic range of writers than perhaps we’ve become used to.
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A war hero and a philanthropist, or a bully and a misogynist – there are many versions of the enigmatic author.
The debates surrounding the 9/11 novel have been as informative as the novels themselves.
And we have a winner. Black Rock White City, AS Patric’s dark, sorrowful story has impressed the judges sufficiently for them to award it first prize. I too was captured by the world of the novel, and…
The search for a quintessentially Australian novel has turned up a formidable shortlist.
All five novels explore alienation. But each is remarkably readable; with a wonderful sense of story and its elements: character, pacing, setting and yes, even plot.
The new film version of Swallows and Amazons set in the Lake District.
How the new film could inspire parents and children to head to the Lake District, to spend time canoeing, building campfires and reconnecting with nature.
Adaptations are a learned skill – can Australian cinema do it successfully?
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With the success of films like The Dressmaker, book adaptations are giving a much needed boost to the Australian box office. So why are there so few? And why isn't adaption a compulsory part of screen studies?
What could be better than browsing in a bookstore?
Five years ago, the death knell was sounded for the bookshop. But the paper book, which offers hours of deliciously deep, screen-free reading, has not gone the way of Kodachrome. In fact, bookstores are staging a minor comeback.
Is it really worth all the effort to avoid spoilers?
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Contrary to popular belief, several recent studies suggest that plot spoilers don't always make us like a film or books less – and may even make us like it more.
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A Renaissance expert recommends her favourite historical fiction.
The global South has more in common than just proximity – our cultural heritage links our literature.
Seasons, stars, settler colonialism: the nations of the south – Australia, Argentina and South Africa – have much in common. And the 2003 Nobel laureate for literature, JM Coetzee, is helping reframe Australian writing within this southern context.
Supporters of presidential candidate José Mário Vaz cheer at a campaign rally in Bissau, Guinea-Bissau, in 2014.
Despite the evident weakness of state institutions and accountability of elites, Guinea-Bissau is still a country that ‘works’.
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A relationship expert recommends her favourite romantic fiction – and it doesn't have to be all princes and fairytales.
A book about drug addiction and prostitution aimed at 'young adults' was a very daring thing 20 years ago.
DeLillo's latest novel dwells on the implications of accelerating technology – including the practice of freezing dead bodies in the hope that one day, they could become immortal.
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.