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Quotation slips for the first Oxford English Dictionary. Owen McKnight/Flickr

Book review: The Dictionary of Lost Words by Pip Williams

A new book, which weaves fiction into the origin story of the Oxford English Dictionary, was declared a hit even before its release. Readers will judge whether it lives up to the hype.
Robert Redford played the golden Gatsby in 1974. IMDB

Guide to the classics: The Great Gatsby

Status anxiety and conspicuous consumption generate a dazzling, often surreal poetry in F. Scott Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby. But Gatsby’s rise and fall exposes deep fissures underlying the American Dream.
The burial of some of the Japanese prisoners of war who lost their lives in the mass outbreak from B Camp, (the Japanese section), at No. 12 Prisoner Of War compound in the early hours of August 5, 1944. Australian War Memorial (073487)

The Cowra breakout: remembering and reflecting on Australia’s biggest prison escape 75 years on

It's one of the largest prison escapes in world history and it's through fiction we can understand the tragedy, from both an Australian and Japanese perspective.
View from a highway rest stop east of Ravensthorpe, Western Australia. In Kim Scott’s Taboo, the landscape becomes a narrator. Chris Fithall/flickr

Inside the story: the all-knowing narrator in Kim Scott’s Taboo

The omniscient narrator is alive and well in fiction. Kim Scott's most recent novel uses a collective narrative voice that encompasses the landscape as well as the human.

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