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Articles by Bethanie Blanchard

A twisty, cosmic tale crowns the youngest-ever Booker winner

Eleanor Catton is the youngest person ever to win the Man Booker Prize, and for the longest book. And yet the New Zealander’s 832-page epic tome is still compulsively readable.


Young NZ author wins spot on Man Booker shortlist

The shortlist for this year’s Man Booker Prize is out — and a 28-year-old author from New Zealand could be the youngest ever winner of the prestigious literary gong.


Tom Switzer on political ventriloquism and the pace of speechwriting

Tony Abbott is good off-the-cuff but his stump speeches are dispiriting, according to former Liberal Party adviser Tom Switzer. He talks to Crikey about the art of political speechwriting.


James Button on the death of the campaign speech

As the election campaign winds up, former political speechwriter James Button speaks to Crikey on the death of the campaign speech, the dangers of language, and why politicians steer clear of poetry.