Milo Yiannopoulos addressing the media this week.
Independent booksellers are increasingly seeing their role as, necessarily, an active, educative, political one.
Alternative facts owe more to Aldous Huxley’s Brave New World than Orwell's 1984.
Bookplates held a special place in the heart of the Edwardians.
Bookplates showed wealth, personality, status – and a sense of humour.
The 1998 film adaption of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, starring Johnny Depp as Hunter S Thompson, introduced millions of new fans to the world of gonzo journalism.
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Hunter S Thompson's 1971 book is a torpedo ride through some of the strangest scenes in American fact, or fiction. It's about greed, the souring of '60s idealism, the failings of journalism and much more.
What stories can teach children about the world.
If all you know of Northern Ireland is the turmoil of political institutions, you could do worse than to pick up some of the recent flux in women's fiction.
Real fictions: Édouard Louis.
'Autofiction' has an important role to play in this new post-truth world.
In celebration of academic books.
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Virginia Woolf's archive can be seen as a serious resource for research into the experience of hearing voices.
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Tolkien and Zamenhof are two of imaginary languages' most successful proponents – yet their aims were very different.
Time to sink into some deep thoughts.
Want to contemplate some big questions this summer but don't know where to start? Here are some top picks from some of Australia's top philosophers.
They’re still often more expensive overseas than in Australia.
The copyright wars are set to continue, with the government releasing a Productivity Commission report arguing for a relaxation of intellectual property laws.
E-books are likely to reach 20% of library holdings by 2020, but writers aren’t receiving renumeration from these sources. Is this changing any time soon?
When you borrow a paper book from a library, authors get a small royalty, which is their second most important source of income. Yet if you borrowed an e-book tomorrow, the author would get nothing.
Shirley Hazzard enchanted readers with her meticulously crafted prose.
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Shirley Hazzard, who passed away this week, was one of the great prose stylists of the last 50 years. A deeply intellectual autodidact, she championed the public duty of writers and the pleasure of reading.
Bedtime stories can be comforting, chilling and mysterious, but new research highlights how emotions change depending on how children are doing it.
Are contemporary insults as witty as the scorn of the past?
Scorn has a long and humorous history. But a new book on the subject, featuring quotes from Kanye West, Christopher Hitchens and of course, Donald Trump, rather lacks contemporary wit.
The centenary of Natsume Soseki’s death this year is being marked by numerous events, not least his resurrection in robotic form.
The Bad Sex Awards are a reminder of the literary value of discipline and restraint in matters of bonking.
If the government decides to remove regional trade protections on the book industry, it should compensate Australian authors. But given how unlikely new funding would be, the best option – for everyone – is to leave well enough alone.
Montaigne: his free-ranging essays were almost scandalous in their day.
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Montaigne anticipated much of modern thought, and was profoundly shaped by the classics. His Essays, so personal yet so urbane, continue to challenge and charm readers.