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.
New forms of entertainment and consumption abound. And yet the book endures.
E-book sales are falling, even though many said they would "kill" print books. Computers and television were also supposed to spell the book's demise. At one point, people even feared the phonograph.
The newfound celebrity.
Some advice to Man Booker winner Paul Beatty on how to cope with his newfound fame.
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In the story of Manhattan's Le Pavillon and its irascible manager, a food historian sees the rise and fall of French cuisine in America.
When did past simple tense become passé, I ask myself.
Writers, over the last decade, have been waxing lyrical about the rise of the present tense in English fiction. But this morning I read something entirely new – for me, at least. I read a manuscript written…
What counts as literature? It's less to do with genre than we think.
The gender of the writer can cause some readers to change their analysis of a novel.
The unmasking of Charlotte Brontë changed the way that her books were read.
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The myth that a blow to the head can both cause and cure amnesia – 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.
A family photograph of the children’s author Roald Dahl, with his wife Patricia Neal, and children Olivia, Tessa, and Theo.
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.