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GUY RUNDLE | BOOKS |

Rundle’s Review: YA novels a window into our own dystopian present

Don’t dismiss young-adult novels as kid’s stuff — the most successful franchises have very dark themes.

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | BOOKS |

Follow Friday: @adellewaldman, inside the mind of the hideous man

Adelle Waldman’s first novel is an insightful and probing look inside the mind of the casually cruel man. Our correspondent ponders his own life in chatting with her about writing and Twitter.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | BOOKS |

Does No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency gloss over the tragedy of HIV?

Alexander McCall Smith, the author of the hugely popular No 1. Ladies Detective Agency series, spoke in Melbourne last night. He was challenged about how he writes on HIV.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | BOOKS |

‘Bad odour’? Abbott’s literary awards delay sparks suspicions

The Abbott government is yet to announce who will judge this year’s Prime Minister’s Literary Awards, months after the reading usually begins. Some former judges are suspicious.

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Turning: John Kinsella’s poetic take on those seeking asylum

Award-winning poet John Kinsella offers a unique take on the asylum seeker situation befuddling politicians and the public. Crikey publishes his new poem Turning.

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GUY RUNDLE | BOOKS |

Farewell to the second-hand bookshop

The days of record stores, second-hand bookstores and video rentals are almost behind us. Does this spell the end for diverse culture?

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MARGOT SAVILLE | BOOKS |

Flanagan on war and the ‘poisonous language that seeps into the soul’

One of Australia’s pre-eminent authors spoke movingly at The Lowy Institute about the horrors of war, the power of language and the nature of evil.

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Crikey Blogs | BOOKS |

Book reviews: Man Booker-winning The Luminaries & more

Jim Morgan tackles the much-lauded novel from Eleanor Catton, as well as new releases A History of Silence and Coal Creek.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | BOOKS |

Germaine Greer, from feminist to proselytising botanist

Germaine Greer spoke in Melbourne last night without mentioning female emancipation or even women. She’s now a crusading conservationist, a second-wave version of herself. Crikey was there.

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CATHY ALEXANDER | BOOKS |

Comrades, Tim Winton wants this taboo lifted

Popular author Tim Winton reckons the shackles of social class are becoming heavier in Australia — but that no one’s allowed to talk about it. He broke this taboo in Melbourne on Monday in a speech to “comrades”.

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SOPHIE BENJAMIN | BOOKS |

Greg Foyster on Changing Gears and living simply

Want to learn how to live simply? What better way than to hop on a bike and ride from Melbourne to Cairns on a pedal powered fact-finding mission? We talk to Greg Foyster about the trip and the book it inspired.

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ANDREW CROOK | BOOKS |

Totting up Gillard’s income — author, speaker, ex-PM

Julia Gillard should make a pretty good income next year as she writes her memoirs, gives speeches and earns the standard ex-PMs salary. Crikey tots up the total.

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BETHANIE BLANCHARD | BOOKS |

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.

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Gotchas, gaffes and the gallery: how political reporting fails us

Broadcaster and journalist Jonathan Green calls for a better political debate in his new book The Year My Politics Broke. It’s all personality over policy.

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Crikey Blogs | BOOKS |

Book review: Forgotten War

Henry Reynolds’ new book explores the dark history of Australia’s Frontier Wars and finds that Australian history is in denial.

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Crikey Blogs | BOOKS |

Book review: The Memory Trap and Cairo

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BETHANIE BLANCHARD | BOOKS |

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.

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Crikey Blogs | BOOKS |

Stoner and The Young Desire It — two perfect novels

Jim Morgan reads “Stoner” and “The Young Desire It” with great admiration, and recalls blood on the pages of another volume in the farmyard.

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Crikey Blogs | BOOKS |

Book review: Dollarocracy — how money runs US democracy

It’s no secret that big business plays a role in governance, but Dollarocracy shows just how deep those ties run, writes James Rose.

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How Jane Austen would write off those nasty internet trolls

In solidarity with Caroline Criado-Perez, threatened with rape on Twitter because she suggested Jane Austen should feature on British banknotes, S.A. Jones has anti-trolling techniques from the great lady herself.

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Crikey Blogs | BOOKS |

Grammar? None for Gretchen Wieners, bye

Young people take grammar more seriously than you’d think, writes Allie Severin.

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STEPHEN MAYNE | BOOKS |

Ugly billionaires dance on grave of independent journalism

James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch dance on the grave of Fairfax while its newspapers fail to properly scrutinise their power and influence. The recent story of Fairfax is one of independence cut short.

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Crikey Blogs | BOOKS |

‘Most diverse Booker in history’: 2013 Man Booker Prize longlist announced

This week in the UK there was an announcement of a more bookish kind than the Royal ones we’ve been inundated with: the longlist for the 45th annual Man Booker Prize for Fiction. Bethanie Blanchard has the low-down.

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Packer, Murdoch mingle at book launch — but did they kill Fairfax?

James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch seemed to have plenty to talk about as they mingled at the Sydney launch of journalist Pamela Williams’ book Killing Fairfax. And News Corp staff were everywhere …

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Crikey Blogs | BOOKS |

The Pre-Nobel Poet: drawing Les Murray reading

Great Australian poet Les Murray wrote a book about his debilitating depression, but was cheerful at a recent bookshop appearance where W H Chong witnessed the world premiere of four poems.

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