Allegations of sexual assault and impropriety against Blake Bailey make it hard to read his life of Philip Roth in the way biographer and subject may have originally intended.
- by James Ley
In her hit comic novel, Nancy Mitford reinvented her damaged, despicable family as adorable oddballs – and pioneered “structured reality”.
- by Iona McLaren
A unique collaboration between a Miles Franklin award-winning author and an academic is helping more people understand how aged care residents experience ‘the worst bloody feeling in the world’.
- by Jewel Topsfield
Within these state heritage-listed walls, Ethel Turner penned what was to become Australia’s most popular children’s book, Seven Little Australians.
- by Tim Barlass
The Mitchell Library has been awarded further funding for a new underground auditorium and photography gallery.
- by Linda Morris
Ella Baxter’s first novel follows the experiences of a funeral parlour cosmetician who experiences grief for the first time.
- by Thuy On
The writer, who died last week, is remembered by Elliot Perlman for her searing honesty and incisive writing.
- by Elliot Perlman
Jhumpa Lahiri’s new novel Whereabouts is poem-like in its patterning, intensity and pulse.
- by Felicity Plunkett
Clunes’ annual festival returned but with some significant differences.
- by Jane Sullivan
Australian publishing has had its fair share of charismatic editors, as Craig Munro reveals in Literary Lion Tamers.
- by Susan Wyndham
Linda Jaivin has a terrific eye for telling detail in her entertaining history of China.
- by Steven Carroll