The omniscient narrator is alive and well in fiction. Kim Scott's most recent novel uses a collective narrative voice that encompasses the landscape as well as the human.
The archetype can be traced back to 1920s detective fiction, when gruff, gun-toting, cigarette-smoking mavericks became heroic figures.
True crime-related storytelling has shrugged off its former low-brow baggage. Two recent Australian books show how victims' stories can be told sensitively and humanely.
As the daughter in a Jewish family fleeing the Nazis, Judith Kerr's childhood was change, upheaval and deprivation. But this 'clever refugee girl' made her mark, creating stories of ideal childhood.
The world's highest selling writer says 22-hour working days are the route to literary riches. But, say, our literary experts, there's more than one way to skin a cat.
Stephanie Bishop's latest novel demonstrates a sophisticated approach to the relationship between time and narrative: novelists and aspiring writers would do well to look closely at her achievement.
Political books touches a certain chord in South African society that makes them bestsellers.
A legal expert looks at the issue of robot rights and what makes us human.
Here’s to the good/bad women leading the world of fiction.
An emerging genre of fiction in France is providing an unlikely brand of escapism.
Forget challenges, adults should be taking a leaf out of children's books when it comes to their reading habits.
Her novels and essays, especially Small Island and The Long Song, brought Britain's slave-owning colonial history home to ordinary Britons, black and white alike.
Scientists can be under-appreciated in Australian culture. Here are eight great fictional scientists to get you thinking about labs, test tubes and bold experiments.
The strange story of the author one of 2018's bestselling novels reveals a lot about some careers at the top end of publishing.
While tourism campaigns often portray the beach as an idyllic, isolated haven, many of our beach stories depict it as a darker, more complex place. Here are ten worth reading.
Here's a bumper crop of thought-provoking and engaging novels for enquiring minds.
It's easier to make the list than you might think.
As societal habits change so too does language and metaphors.
Rules for the UK's most prestigious and lucrative literary prize effectively mean it is dominated by big publishers.
Writing is a solitary art. But authors shortlisted for the Booker Prize have to perform in public. Here's how this year's crop fared.