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There's a plague about and it's making crime pay

There's a plague about and it's making crime pay

Award-winning crime novels with disease at their core are gaining unexpected relevance.

  • by Jason Steger

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Hilary Mantel 'naturally disappointed' by Booker Prize miss
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Hilary Mantel 'naturally disappointed' by Booker Prize miss

The British novelist said she thought The Mirror and the Light was the best novel in her historical trilogy.

  • by Melanie Kembrey
Kate Mulvany wins Australia's only prize for women stage and screenwriters
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Kate Mulvany wins Australia's only prize for women stage and screenwriters

The playwright in part owes her 25-year career to a light-fingered thief who stole her draft of a novel.

  • by Linda Morris
My Archibald entry of Behrouz Boochani, the refugee who refused to be invisible
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My Archibald entry of Behrouz Boochani, the refugee who refused to be invisible

A Six-time Archibald Prize finalist writes on his inclusion again on Thursday morning with his portrait, Behrouz Boochani’s Resistance, which he says is a portrait of the refugee's unshakeable resolve.

  • by Angus McDonald
Four debut novelists on diverse Booker Prize list as Mantel misses out
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Four debut novelists on diverse Booker Prize list as Mantel misses out

This year's shortlist includes four debut novelists and omits high-profile books, including the conclusion of Hilary Mantel's acclaimed Tudor trilogy.

  • by Jill Lawless
Patrick Mullins' life of Billy McMahon wins National Biography Award
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Patrick Mullins' life of Billy McMahon wins National Biography Award

McMahon was more of a professional politician than many of his contemporaries.

  • by Jason Steger
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Eight debut novelists join Hilary Mantel and Anne Tyler on Booker Prize longlist
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Eight debut novelists join Hilary Mantel and Anne Tyler on Booker Prize longlist

The Mirror and the Light is one of 13 novels competing for this year's Booker Prize.

  • by Alex Marshall
Tara June Winch wins the Miles Franklin award for The Yield
Miles Franklin

Tara June Winch wins the Miles Franklin award for The Yield

The author describes her award-winning novel as a ''once-in-a-lifetime love letter to Australia''.

  • by Jason Steger
Eyes on a couple of new prizes for writing about history
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Eyes on a couple of new prizes for writing about history

Writing prizes are turning their attention to history and historical fiction.

  • by Jane Sullivan
Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist announced
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Miles Franklin Literary Award shortlist announced

Six novelists are in contention for the $60,000 Australian literary fiction prize.

  • by Melanie Kembrey
On a romp of a quest across colonial Tasmania
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On a romp of a quest across colonial Tasmania

The winner of this year' Vogel Award is an evocative historical novel.

  • by Peter Craven