How writers hear their characters in their heads.
Top selection: the 2020 Booker Prize longlist.
The Booker Prize has always struggled with inclusivity.
Eco-fiction to help you rethink your role in the climate crisis.
African academics draw up a reading list that speaks to the vibrancy of contemporary as well as older African literature.
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A great novel transports you to a time and a place. Here are five of them.
Reading lets you experience another time, place, even mind.
People have changed over time, growing ever more distant and isolated from others – while at the same time finding new ways and technologies that let individuals connect and feel with others.
While 97% of Romance Writers of America members are women, only 14% are people of color.
The group seemed to be doing all of the right things to diversify its ranks. It wasn't enough.
Fewer people are reading novels for pleasure than in the past.
We have transitioned from a literate culture to one that values speed, immediacy and the decoding of small grabs of words in search for information. But old and new ways of reading can co-exist.
Louisa May Alcott has delighted readers for generations.
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Reading books from people with diverse backgrounds is good for kids.
Previously unseen Norman Lindsay manuscripts were written for adult readers.
Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW
Recently uncovered Norman Lindsay novels reveal stories of love, lust and beaches.
A legal expert looks at the issue of robot rights and what makes us human.
A photograph of Ellen N. La Motte soon after completing ‘The Backwash of War’ in 1916.
Courtesy of the National Archives, College Park, Maryland
Ellen N. La Motte's 'The Backwash of War' was praised for its clear-eyed portrayal of war, but was swiftly banned. Yet the similarities between her spare prose and Hemingway's are unmistakable.
Li Kui (李逵), one of the characters in The Water Margin, battles tigers after they killed his mother. Utagawa Kuniyoshi, between between 1845 and 1850.
In The Water Margin, first put to paper in the 14th century, local injustice is the rule, and defence against cruel local authority is a matter of vengeance, stratagem, and violence
German citizens in Magdeburg the morning after Kristallnacht.
German Federal Archive
Eight decades on, the thought of the state encouraging people to attack groups of citizens is hard to believe. Here are some books that might help.
Have you ever read a novel in the second person? You probably found it strange.
Australian crime fiction author Peter Corris published 102 novels in lifetimes, including 52 centred on the private investigator Cliff Hardy.
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With The Dying Trade, Peter Corris introduced Australia to one of its most successful crime heroes, Cliff Hardy.
A graffiti portrait of Aldous Huxley, author of Brave New World.
A lack of respect for history, a population conditioned to consume goods at breakneck pace, and pacification of individuals via an entertainment culture: parts of Huxley's novel strikingly resemble our own world.
Author Michelle de Kretser with her Miles Franklin prize-winning novel, The Life To Come.
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Every character in The Life To Come is complex, frustratingly unfulfilled, marked by kindness, selfishness, or dumb selflessness. But they are always, entirely, convincing.
Philip Roth would call the Jewish resistance to his work “the luckiest break I could have had.”
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With the Holocaust still on their mind, many American Jews were highly sensitive to portrayals of Jews in popular culture. So when Roth's sex-obsessed characters came along, the pushback was swift.
Tim Winton sets his latest novel, The Shepherd’s Hut, in the salt lakes of Western Australia.
Tim Winton's latest novel, The Shepherd's Hut, pushes the author's classic themes to the extreme.