Former Liberal staffer Brittany Higgins.
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Brittany Higgins' forthcoming memoir will allow her to tell her story in her own words. She'll join a group of strong women who've done just that.
In the Cut (2003)
English professor Frannie Thorstin gets tangled in a sticky web of male attention in the novel and film versions of In the Cut as she tries to sort the bad guys from the good.
Vittore Carpaccio’s portrait of a woman reading (1510).
The first French novelist wrote about an adulterous affair and moved to Paris after separating from her husband.
Portrait of Vasily Mathé by Boris Kustodiev (1878-1927). Later used as cover art for a set of Martin Hewitt detective stories.
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Created in response to Sherlock Holmes, detective Martin Hewitt is less operatic and more pragmatic.
Created by a prolific French author, Inspector Jules Maigret observes without judgement and moves like a chameleon between social classes.
The Witches (1990)
He called them 'stinkers' and 'nauseating little warts', but author Roald Dahl's characterisation of children as vulnerable is necessary for them to ultimately triumph.
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Dear Diary, keeping a daily journal of these pandemic times can help us process them and follow in some great literary footsteps.
Poems sing to us that life really matters, now.
The objects we gather around us - from op shops, from roadsides, from the intimate spaces of lost loved ones - are far from inanimate. They carry wisdom, comfort and guidance.
From humble beginnings, poet Bruce Dawe became a genial voice, capturing everyday humanity with wry focus. For many Australians, he provided a first taste of verse.
Award-winning playwright Stephen House turned to poetry to capture glimpses of life. He writes verse until his composition 'feels right'.
Reading The Trauma Cleaner is a visceral experience.
Sarah Krasnostein’s book is not only a provocative premise. It is beautifully written with power and precision.
Doing away with the apostrophe is not just the beginning of the end … it’s the end.
The survival of the apostrophe is vital to the comprehensibility of our language. If those who have protected it are hanging up their red pens, it's time we all do our bit.
While Australian fiction of the 19th century portrayed bushfires as isolated events. This week, more than 50 fires burned in NSW.
Tales of heroic rescues and bush Christmases in Australian fiction of the 19th century describe a time when the fire season was confined to summer.
In The Town, inhabitants don’t notice the place disappearing around them.
In The Town, by debut novelist Shaun Prescott, a white Australian male writer takes a non-heroic journey into a colonised landscape.
Ubud is host to expat yogis, digital nomads and a writers’ festival.
The road to three writers' festivals in three weeks prompts reflection on authors liberated by road trips - and those sharing the journey now.
Have you ever read a novel in the second person? You probably found it strange.
Fantasy and science fiction author Ursula Le Guin has died, aged 88.
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Le Guin's A Wizard of EarthSea and The Ones Who Walk Away From Omelas are just two examples of her prolific and influential writing career in fantasy and science fiction.
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A novelist who compared a man's genitals to a billiard rack has won this year's Bad Sex in Fiction Award. But not all entries were that silly.
When did past simple tense become passé, I ask myself.
Writers, over the last decade, have been waxing lyrical about the rise of the present tense in English fiction. But this morning I read something entirely new – for me, at least. I read a manuscript written…