Martyn Goff (top left) was known in publishing as ‘Mr Booker’.
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The prize's Administrator developed the Booker into the global brand it is today using the occasional leak and stirring of controversies.
Terry making Jack and me honorary wizards of Unseen University.
Terry Pratchett, Jack Cohen and Ian Stewart wrote a series of four books on the science of Discworld.
The remains of Cervantes.
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So what does the discovery of this great author's bones actually change?
The UK’s tenth most popular tourist attraction.
The Library of Birmingham was one of the UK's top ten tourist attractions in 2014. But this won't save it.
Would it ever be responsible to legitimise the story that someone “healed themselves” of cancer through diet?
Social media entrepreneur Belle Gibson is not the first to be accused of fabricating a personal recovery story for public consumption. So what responsibility do publishers have in such cases?
The six finalists of the Stella Prize, announced yesterday, include three authors who have been shortlisted based on their first major works of fiction. That's definitely something to celebrate.
Sir Terry Pratchett published over 70 novels.
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It was only appropriate that the news of Terry Pratchett's death at the age of 66 was announced not only by his publisher, but via his own Twitter account.
A long list of commercial success stories has emerged from the self-publishing boom, sometimes with sales in the millions.
It is still stigmatised, still seen as amateur, even as illegitimate, but self-publishing has truly arrived. We ignore it at our peril.
The cast of BBC Radio 4’s adaptation.
Tolstoy’s celebrated novel War and Peace has recently been enjoying some fresh attention thanks to a number of adaptations. BBC Radio 4 broadcast a ten-part adaptation of the novel. Later this year, the…
Austen periodically runs afoul of a particular kind of cultural hypocrisy.
Once pivotal to the English canon, Jane Austen has been adapted and readapted for Hollywood and Bollywood – and that kind of popularity comes at a cost.
H G Wells’s Martians.
Literature has long imagined other worlds but now space travel and planetary colonisation look to become scientific fact.
Campbell Newman is keen to be the subject of a memoir – but the University of Queensland Press doesn’t want to publish it.
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The University of Queensland Press caused controversy when it turned down Campbell Newman's memoir – but why shouldn't a publisher be entitled to principled refusal?
Adam Smith used parables, morality tales, and canine analogies to explain his theories of economics.
A careful study of Adam Smith's Wealth of Nations reveals that its influence lies not in Smith’s ability to construct an argument – but in his skill as teller of tall tales.
Black, white and read all over.
The Little Black Classics are 80 little black-and-white books selling at 80p each. Capitalising on a rich history?
A disturbing pattern emerges of women being gorgeous on the outside, and evil on the inside.
What do several early myths have in common? They suggest women must be ruled by men because they are disobedient and curious.
More than 20 years after the death of Dr Seuss, readers will have the opportunity to read a new book by the much-loved author.
Adult and child fans of Dr Seuss are set for a treat in July with the publication of a lost manuscript, What Pet Should I Get? Why is it that the works of the American author have such broad appeal?
Alex Prager’s work invites belief in the vocabulary of hope.
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LA photographer Alex Prager is currently exhibiting short films and film stills at the National Gallery of Victoria (NGV) in Melbourne. There is something authentic behind the artifice of her highly staged…
Some criticism of Fifty Shades reveals a disdainful attitude toward fans of the franchise.
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With the release of Fifty Shades of Grey in cinemas this week, serious questions have been raised about whether the film depicts abuse – including on The Conversation. Some feminist groups have staged…
We need to smash the system that allows men’s violence against women to continue.
Women sharing their accounts of violence against them, and its aftermath, can be powerful. Feminism has long since taught us that personal experiences of violence, when shared collectively, can transcend…
The new waterfront in Australian literature: Parramatta.
Despite boasting a population of 2 million people – more than South Australia, the Northern Territory, Tasmania and the ACT combined – Western Sydney has, to date, had little impact on the literary pulse…