Men at Work were found liable for copying two bars from Kookaburra Sits on the Old Gum Tree – a ‘fair use’ exception would have prevented this.
A new book and documentary tell us more about the story behind Men at Work's song Down Under – and the court case it eventually led to. They also prompt questions about current Australian copyright law.
A new BBC drama follows the life and loves of Vanessa Bell, sister of Virginia Woolf and centre of the famous Bloomsbury group.
In reading, we feel ourselves able to get up close and personal with a dead author.
The reader who loves literature of the past seeks to forge intimate connections with those who are no longer alive. In reading, we feel ourselves able to get up close and personal with a dead author.
Paperback and hardback editions of The Book of Days, an illustrated anthology edited, designed and produced in three weeks.
As well as a souvenir of the 2015 Sydney Writers' Festival this anthology is a compelling argument for the future of books in print. Book objects are talismans as much as vessels for the content they carry.
It's summer, which means that the inevitable annual scrum to read the newest and hottest book on the block has begun. How exhausting.
Deciding on the winner of a literary award is, in the end, a highly subjective process.
Joan London's The Golden Age won the Kibble Award last week, having been shortlisted – but unsuccessful – in several high-profile prizes previously. Deciding on winners is a highly subjective process.
EL Doctorow, pictured here in 2007, has died. His work in its entirety bespeaks a profound humanity.
Over the course of almost six decades, Doctorow – who has died – wrote himself into the canon of American literature. He embodied the virtues of a classical storyteller.
Atticus is not who we thought he was – but maybe who we thought he was was wrong.
Atticus Finch, we learn in Go Set a Watchman, once attended a Ku Klux Klan meeting, and welcomes pro-segregation speakers at local council meetings. But is he really so different to the man we know from To Kill a Mockingbird?
Making a splash in letters may be harder under changes to Australian arts funding.
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It's hard to work out how funding for literature – if at all – fits into the draft guidelines of the new National Program for Excellence in the Arts. So what are the politics, and problems, at play?
Already having baby-naming regret? Don’t worry – look to the past for alternative role models.
Still of Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962). Universal Pictures
Some parents have been horrified to discover that, in Harper Lee’s new book, Atticus Finch – long admired as a paragon of virtue – is a racist. Why? Because their kids are named after him. So, what now?
Mishani’s novels centre on rather ordinary Israelis, their ordinary lives and the tragedies that befall them.
Not every crime novel needs a Jason Bourne. Mishani eschews the obvious world of Mossad agents and terrorist plots you might expect in an Israeli crime novel – and the results are thrilling.
And the birthday presents have arrived.
The company is hardly the evil megalomaniac that many have depicted: it's actually been very good for the book industry.
Dead brothers and grieving characters are everywhere in Salinger’s fiction.
Salinger is still known for the resonance his only novel, The Catcher in the Rye, has with young readers, but at the core of his fiction sits a theme that is often overlooked – unresolved grief.
Many readers have responded with outrage to the notion that Atticus Finch might be racist.
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As a historical document, Watchman is a fascinating read. It gives us valuable insight into how America prefers to remember its history of racism.
Anyone who thought Go Set a Watchman would solve the ‘delicious mystery’ of Harper Lee was dreaming.
Talk of a possible third book to follow this week's release of Go Set a Watchman suggests the 'delicious mystery' of Harper Lee will continue for years to come. So what basis is there for the rumours?
Coming to a lecture theatre near you.
Fifty Shades of Grey and fan fic like it has reached the Ivy League.
What does the opening chapter of Harper Lee’s Go Set a Watchman tell us about what’s to come?
Go Set a Watchman, by Harper Lee, is one of the most anticipated follow-ups in history, to be published next week after a 55-year hiatus. So what does the opening chapter prime us to expect?
Many covers of Nabokov’s novel convey the false impression of Lolita as a young seductress.
The discrepancy between cover designs for Lolita – published 60 years ago – and the themes of the novel are stark. But that hasn't stopped hundreds of designers trying to get it right.
Whatever name you give it, writing of this sort is increasingly becoming the prime location for imaginative representations of our culture's deepest hopes and fears.
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Many child narrators in adult fiction are precocious. This enables them to describe events and people in ways that would not be possible for ordinary children of their age.