Writing based on observation and empathy is one thing; but interviewing the people whose experiences you aim to depict - and showing them your work - is quite another.
With The Dying Trade, Peter Corris introduced Australia to one of its most successful crime heroes, Cliff Hardy.
Kofi Annan and John McCain's positive eulogies could be because both men seized moments of human dignity and decency.
A great movie that gets some of its history wrong is way better than an accurate film that puts people to sleep.
Mad, bad or dangerous – the gripping true crime story of Grace Marks, who caused a sensation in the 19th century and still holds fascination today.
These books will kickstart a lifelong love of reading, and build a bedtime bond between parent and child.
Female protagonists in young adult fiction are unlikely heroines who embrace their flaws. But when it comes to diversity, they are still largely white and middle class.
Cryonics is no longer synonymous with science fiction. What are we technically capable of doing and what do we have the right to do?
Whether you loved him or hated him, his canonical status is beyond question.
Since Stanley Kubrick’s masterpiece debuted in 1968, fictional stories of faulty or malevolent AI are legion. What have recent advances taught us and what might the future hold?
Tim Winton's latest novel, The Shepherd's Hut, pushes the author's classic themes to the extreme.
Literary fiction is robust enough to withstand the challenges the 21st century throws at it.
Treatment for nervous exhaustion in the Victorian era could literally drive you mad.
Ursula le Guin gave us an anarchist society on another world; we brought it back to Earth.
Science fiction has a more important job to do – it allows us to see ourselves in a new light.
Reading something that sows doubt about a widely agreed-upon fact – even the election of George Washington as president – can have a profound effect.
The limited and skewed portrayal of autism means it is often
misrepresented rather than represented in fiction.
Kristen Roupenian's Cat Person short story in the New Yorker about the perils of dating in the digital world is flawed – and brilliant as a result.
Stories that create connection, comfort and security aren't just perfect holiday reading. They also provide inspiration - a vision of how life should be.
A new study suggests skilled storytellers may have greater reproductive success than others.