These books will kickstart a lifelong love of reading, and build a bedtime bond between parent and child.
Australia’s romantic attitude to farming has done untold damage to the land.
The powerful ideological connection between Australia and agriculture is being increasingly scrutinised. A spate of recent books have recast basic assumptions about our relationship to the land.
An illustration of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale “The Brave Little Tailor.
Fairy stories come alive in the telling — and the retelling.
The study shared by Donald and Myfanwy Horne photographed in 2014.
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A new room will open at the NSW State LIbrary today, furnished with objects from Donald and Myfanwy Horne's study. Their daughter, Julia, reflects here on a writing partnership and the room that fostered it.
Heart of Darkness follows a journey up the Congo River, but equally critiques the imperial powers back in Europe.
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In our ongoing Guide to the Classics series, we look at Heart of Darkness: the product of dark historical energies that continue to shape our contemporary world.
How the female memoir helps to celebrates women’s voices.
How funny women are turning to ‘femoir’ to promote female empowerment.
Small Australian presses are publishing more contemporary works originally written in languages other than English.
In the face of mounting political isolationism, translated fiction might just be the thing to save us.
Jia Baoyu, the protagonist of Dream of the Red Chamber, as drawn by Gai Qi, 1879.
Dream of the Red Chamber, by Cao Xueqin, follows the travails of a pubescent boy. Somehow, through the spats, crushes and rivalries of a handful of teenagers, the great questions of the human condition are broached.
Alexis Wright, author of Tracker: a book written in the mode and genre of Aboriginal storytelling.
Tracker Tilmouth was a central and visionary figure in Aboriginal politics. His life is captured in Alexis Wright's Tracker through the voices of many, rather than the tradition of European biography.
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.
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In this vision of the future, everything that we currently do in the real world – going to school, going to work, socialising, leisure – is done in a vast virtual environment.
The term ‘Leb’ embodies hyper-masculinity on the street.
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Michael Mohammed Ahmad's novel The Lebs is a realistic portrayal of teenage boys in Western Sydney.
Previous plans to adapt
Blood Meridian had envisioned casting Vincent D'Onofrio as “judge Holden.”
Blood Meridian, Cormac McCarthy’s famous novel, may be unfilmable – not because of its gruesome violent tale of U.S. imperialism in the Southwest, but because its religious vision is terrifying.
Deadly Woman Blues by Clinton Walker was pulled from circulation after various factual errors were revealed.
Clinton Walker's Deadly Woman Blues was a missed opportunity and a lesson in how not to tell other people's stories.
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Escape the romance trap with these heroines.
We're getting close to creating an android that feels.
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Treatment for nervous exhaustion in the Victorian era could literally drive you mad.
The theme at the core of Rowling’s wizarding world speaks directly to a universal human reality: The struggle to come to terms with our mortality.
We may think of _Harry Potter_ as escapist delight, but J.K. Rowling’s books also contain an extended theme that has more in common with _King Lear_ than most English professors might care to admit.
Ursula le Guin gave us an anarchist society on another world; we brought it back to Earth.
Autistic characters in children’s books are few and far between.
The limited and skewed portrayal of autism means it is often
misrepresented rather than represented in fiction.