Anthony Sharwood’s The Brumby Wars looks at the tension between environmental damage and sentimental attachment to Australia’s brumbies — and how Banjo Paterson’s poem feeds the myth.
A theatrical version of Trent Dalton’s novel is both an exploration of masculinity and an exuberant love letter to Brisbane.
Amanda Lohrey’s novel about a woman who isolates herself yet finds connection has won the 2021 Miles Franklin Literary Award.
Each of this year’s shortlisted books shimmer with energy, tenderness and threads of optimism — and even occasionally joy.
Australian writer Eve Langley, author of the 1942 novel The Pea Pickers, resisted gender expectations and wrote acutely about the landscape.
With her incandescent anger, sharp tongue and courage, Kate Jennings spoke to power. Her death offers a moment to reflect on the role of writers as forces of social change.
Our experts cast their eyes over this list of contemporary fiction, historical fiction, and non-fiction which undertakes impressive trapeze acts across genre boundaries.
Kate Mulvany’s adaptation of Ruth Park’s Playing Beatie Bow thrums with heart, humour and a sense of creative legacy.
The Performance is a brave book, questioning what makes us who we are, and what place theatre and art has in that question.
These two prize-winning books speak volumes about how we face trying times, might recognise the beauty in brokenness and maybe find ways to repair the wounds of the past.
Miles Franklin’s masterpiece features an untamed, unapologetic heroine, positing a choice between career and love rather than women ‘having it all’.
Many important Australian books have found themselves out-of-print and hard-to-find. The Untapped project aims to change that, bringing classics to a library near you.
Literature funding has been cut brutally in recent years and writers’ incomes are disastrously low. Yet books shape our national identity, forming an often invisible bedrock for the wider economy.
A new book contains much wisdom on the question of ageing and the search for meaning.
First published in October 1970, The Female Eunuch has never been out of print.
Set in the smoky shadow of Australia’s 2019 and 2020 bushfire season, Flanagan explores the loss of our world through the shattering of a family.
Kokomo by Victoria Hannan has been touted as a ‘millennial novel’ – but its search for love and connection are timeless.
Sci-fi, fantasy and rom-coms: books with LGBTQIA+ characters are as diverse as their readers.
The winner of the 2020 Miles Franklin award is a powerful and deeply moving book, unstinting in its depiction of sociopolitical disasters.
The newest novel from the author of The Secret River is an imagined diary, detailing the ‘true’ story of Elizabeth Macarthur.