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Fiction reviews: The Mountains Sing and two other titles

Fiction reviews: The Mountains Sing and two other titles

A poetic family saga tells the modern history of Vietnam.

  • by Cameron Woodhead

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Non-fiction reviews: Zadie Smith's Intimations and three other titles
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Non-fiction reviews: Zadie Smith's Intimations and three other titles

In a series of short essays the novelist assesses how the pandemic has affected our lives.

  • by Fiona Capp
Richard Fidler and the magical lure of Prague
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Richard Fidler and the magical lure of Prague

The broadcaster has followed up books about the Ottoman Empire and Iceland with an intriguing history of the Czech capital.

  • by Jason Steger
Forgotten wall of fire that stunned a community
Fire

Forgotten wall of fire that stunned a community

Tom Doig's book gives voice to the people affected by the Hazelwood fire.

  • by Kurt Johnson
Alone again, naturally ... or not
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Alone again, naturally ... or not

The lockdowns imposed because of the global pandemic have given people a new experience of solitude. David Vincent's book looks at its history.

No sex, please. I may be a vampire but this is Twilight
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No sex, please. I may be a vampire but this is Twilight

Stephenie Meyer's latest offering in the Twilight series retells the story from the point of the view of Edward the vampire.

  • by Juliette Hughes
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Gods, monsters and H.P. Lovecraft’s uncanny legacy
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Gods, monsters and H.P. Lovecraft’s uncanny legacy

The weird, trippy and troubling themes of pulp fiction writer H.P. Lovecraft found their way into film and TV long before the new Lovecraft Country.

  • by Alexis Soloski
Reading and writing your way out of pandemic lockdown
Melbourne Writers Festival

Reading and writing your way out of pandemic lockdown

The Melbourne Writers Festival is running online workshops designed to get children to flex their imaginations.

  • by Kerrie O'Brien
Trapped at home, my inner child rebel discovered a source of strength
Life in Lockdown

Trapped at home, my inner child rebel discovered a source of strength

As Melburnians were scolded for hoarding toilet paper and pasta, I hoarded books like I was breaking some kind of law. It was a primal need, and I went all in.

  • by Natasha Sholl
Writing NSW faces existential crisis after funding cut
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Writing NSW faces existential crisis after funding cut

The body faces an uncertain future after the state government rejected its application for ongoing financial support.

  • by Jason Steger
New crime-writing award aims to feed reader appetite
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New crime-writing award aims to feed reader appetite

"I feel like we are riding a really big wave that is only going to get bigger," says publisher Jane Palfreyman.

  • by Melanie Kembrey