The growth of benefits derived from reading for pleasure starts young.
Verbal abilities provide benefits in school and in one’s career. Fostering a love for stories and fiction in children should be a high priority.
How do editors decide what books get reviewed? Spoiler alert: it’s not meritocratic.
Not only are great-power conflict, nuclear war and the end of civilisation as we know it still real possibilities, our collective capacity to manage them may be decreasing.
Macierzynstwo (Motherhood) - Stanisław Wyspiański (1905)
In her brave new book The Cost of Labour, Natalie Kon-yu examines the mental stresses women face in pregnancy and childbirth.
Boys typically read less frequently and perform worse on national and international reading assessments than girls.
Girls are encouraged more often to read, despite performing better in reading assessments nationally and internationally. Here’s how parents and educators can help connect boys with books.
A vivid and remarkable body of writing is emerging to highlight the human cost of the war in Syria.
The future and the past, money, technology and politics documented and imagined in fact and fiction, in an economist’s recommended reading.
Filling in the gaps.
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The Booker Prize-winning novelist’s Reith lectures explore the complex relationship between historical fact and fiction.
The distinctions between highbrow and middlebrow fiction are as old as literature itself.
The distinctions between highbrow and middlebrow fiction are as old as literature itself. So does the current spat over such terms mean anything in the long term for works of literature? Unlikely.
Giving voice to the voiceless.
The Belarussian is a worthy winner, but the Nobel is getting further and further away from its lofty origins.
Nick Cater’s shortlisted work, The Lucky Culture, is one of several non-fiction options.
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This year’s cultural debates about the constitution of the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards judging panels are now giving way to consideration of the shortlists and their relative worth. Even as these…
The Robert Farquharson case raised questions about male violence that go unanswered.
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Helen Garner isn’t usually thought of as a crime writer, but some of her best-known prose has been on law-breaking. She won the prestigious Walkley Award for her 1993 Time Magazine article on the murder…
The new non-fiction writer can cover as many information miles as fiction writers, without taking a single step.
For the pre-internet fiction writer, with imagination as staple source of material, it was possible, theoretically, to proceed from the first written word to the last without needing to leave the desk…