Prime Minister Julia Gillard may be embroiled in a political thriller that would tax the creative juices of the most imaginative writer of genre fiction, but she hasn't taken her mind off the fortunes of Australia's literary culture.
Jane Leigh received a message from a family friend a few weeks ago - her mother in Singapore had liver cancer and wanted to see Leigh and her two children. ''I'm sorry,'' Leigh told the caller, ''but she is a stranger.''
Author Garth Nix talks about his favourite books.
In her new novel, Kim Kelly tackles World War II through a lens of patriotism, reflection, history and romance.
There are plenty of physical and behavioural differences between the different versions of The Great Gatsby.
Three books for women reviewed by Karen Hardy.
Karl Ove Knausgaard's autobiographical fictions aspire to meet our gaze.
Does the mere title of this strange memoir raise buried hackles?
How is an artist's reputation made? And how is it maintained after death? Katrina Strickland explores these eternal and infernal questions by concentrating in particular on the way artists' estates are managed in Australia. The main characters in this book are the widows and other relations, or the executors, of a sample of 15 postwar Australian artists, most of whom have had work sold at auction for sums involving six and seven figures.
I don't know whether to laugh or cry when I look at these hypothetical coverflips.