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MARGOT SAVILLE | BOOKS | 31

Climate sceptic HQ: undercover at Ian Plimer’s book launch

Ian Plimer’s latest book argues manmade climate change is not real and environmentalists are damaging the planet. Crikey infiltrated the book launch to see Plimer’s fans in action.

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Get Fact: how accurate is Ian Plimer’s new book?

The climate sceptics’ hero, Ian Plimer, has a new book out. Climate academic Ian McHugh fact-checks some of his claims about climate change. And did Plimer plagiarise?

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CATHY ALEXANDER | BOOKS | 15

Crikey list: most memorable books by politicians

Here are some of the best and worst books by Australian politicians in recent times. You be the judge on which one to demand at Christmas time …

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CATHY ALEXANDER | BOOKS | 15

Books by politicians: how to avoid the bargain bin

A flood of pollies have books coming out, from Julia Gillard to John Howard and Bob Day. We look at what makes for a good read in this tricky genre.

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Rundle: Dale’s worst problem was anti-Semitism, not ‘Demidenko’

She’s baaaaaaaaack. Helen Demidenko speaks up to re-claim her controversial book.

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Pyjamas, porridge and bursts of song: Carr another star for NSW last night

Bob Carr is not the sporty type — having scheduled his performance of his Diary of a Foreign Minister on the same night as the State of Origin. But it was a rousing, amusing, and dare we say inspiring night all the same.

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‘A fine human being’: Keneally celebrates 50 years in print

Australian author Thomas Keneally celebrated 50 years since the release of his first book at an exclusive event in Sydney last night.

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Can Gerard Henderson judge PM’s Literary Awards fairly?

Gerard Henderson is a well-documented ideological warrior — can he put politics aside to judge the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards? Chris Feik, publisher of Black Inc, and Morry Schwartz, director of Schwartz Media, are suggesting a way to keep the judging process transparent.

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Clive James’ devilish fire an eternal flame

Clive James has had some silly, nonsensical and flat-out wrong opinions over his long career. But his writing can still ignite passion in any breast, be it adolescent or middle-aged.

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Misogyny not to blame for Santa Barbara massacre

We love the narrative that blames a current cultural ill (loose morals, video games, a controversial book, misogyny) for random acts of inexplicable horror. But this narrative is completely wrong.

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Tory takeover of Abbott’s $600,000 literary prize

Conservative commentators and a former Liberal MP have been picked to judge the country’s richest literary awards. And not everyone’s happy with it.

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MATTHEW CLAYFIELD | BOOKS |

Follow Friday: @BrigidWD, live-tweeting compulsory silence

From locked bathrooms to silent meditation retreats, journalist and novelist Brigid Delaney is committed to stream-of-consciousness tweeting.

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Ian Plimer takes on the ‘totalitarian’ greens in latest book

Ian Plimer is a highly influential climate sceptic. His new book, via a Ballarat-based Catholic-aligned publisher, takes on the environmental movement. Will Tony Abbott read it?

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Eureka! Literary ladies celebrate a Stella year for book lovers

Historian Clare Wright has won the Stella prize for literature for her book The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka, and a literary who’s who were out in force at last night’s awards ceremony.

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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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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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‘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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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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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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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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