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'A high-risk option': Turnbull born to rule, but for how long?

'A high-risk option': Turnbull born to rule, but for how long?

Margot SavilleDec 11, 20157 Comments

Many commentators think Malcolm Turnbull will be in residence at Kirribilli for many years to come. But Paddy Manning, the author of a new book on Turnbull, is not so sure ...

Publishers try to hold back the tide on parallel imports

Publishers try to hold back the tide on parallel imports

Myriam RobinNov 26, 20156 Comments

Publishers, predictably, want to keep Australia's restrictions on importing books as they are. But savvy customers and e-book sales mean it soon might not matter anyway.

Climate denier Ian Plimer takes on the people's Pope

Climate denier Ian Plimer takes on the people's Pope

Margot SavilleNov 24, 201515 Comments

Goodness gracious, Pope Francis thinks that stopping carbon emissions will help the poor, when everyone knows only coal and the free market will do that.

Proof in the pudding? Sydney's cookbook queen dethroned

Proof in the pudding? Sydney's cookbook queen dethroned

Myriam RobinJul 24, 20151 Comment

Julie Gibbs, the curator of many beloved cookbooks, is leaving her position as publishing director of Lantern.

Don't ask, don't tell: my year of non-disclosure agreements

Don't ask, don't tell: my year of non-disclosure agreements

CrikeyMay 5, 2015

After a string of literary rejections, Murray Middleton wins one of Australia's most prestigious literary awards -- and isn't allowed to tell anybody about it.

The best-read politicians in Canberra, or how to spend $3000 on publications in just six months

The best-read politicians in Canberra, or how to spend $3000 on publications in just six months

Myriam Robin and Mahalia DobsonJan 7, 20159 Comments

Who spent the most on books and newspapers in Parliament House? Crikey reporter Myriam Robin and intern Mahalia Dobson investigate.

Mike Carlton: the shoddy, anti-union fiction that won the PM's top history award

Mike Carlton: the shoddy, anti-union fiction that won the PM's top history award

Mike CarltonDec 9, 201449 Comments

Australia's Secret War, which won the PM's literary award for history, is a badly written, badly researched work of fiction, opines Mike Carlton, former ABC war correspondent and naval historian.

Annabel Crabb needs a wife -- and you do, too

Annabel Crabb needs a wife -- and you do, too

Margot SavilleSep 30, 201411 Comments

The veteran ABC writer and broadcaster was in fine form at the launch of her new book. If only she had a wife to corral her three children, it might have gone off without a hitch.

Gillard's back in the limelight, with Kevin nowhere to be seen

Gillard's back in the limelight, with Kevin nowhere to be seen

Margot SavilleSep 30, 20149 Comments

Julia Gillard was warm, funny and engaging at a discussion of her memoir in Sydney last night.

Julia's burn book: a study in a prime minister and those who disappoint her

Julia's burn book: a study in a prime minister and those who disappoint her

Sally WhyteSep 29, 201415 Comments

Australia's first female prime minister has released her autobiography, and she is not shy about throwing some shade. Crikey finds the juiciest bits.