There has been much talk about whether the human race could successfully settle on Mars. If this day ever comes, Mars: A Survival Guide will be our Lonely Planet-style guide, writes Kimberley Allsopp.
Michelle de Kretser's novel Questions of Travel has picked up two of Australia's most prestigious literary prizes. It mines our political and personal dilemmas splendidly, writes James Waite Morgan.
Trying and failing at Febfast: on Jill Stark’s High Sobriety
After failing at Febfast, Stephanie Van Schilt decided -- after reading Jill Stark's High Society -- that she was all out of excuses. Van Schilt describes Stark's book and her relationship with "the demon drink."
The net sucks, social media is bullshit: two new books on the ‘internet delusion’
Two new books explore the notion that the internet isn’t the commercial or democratic force it’s touted to be. Are they worth your time? James Rose gives his verdict.
Book review: Ron Rash’s Nothing Gold Can Stay
Set exclusively in the Carolinas, Ron Rash's thrilling collection of short stories show us people for whom all hope has been vanquished, writes Paul Donoughe.
Book review: The Burial, by Courtney Collins
Courtney Collins' fictional tale about Australia’s last bushranger is told through the dead eyes of Jessie’s newborn child. It's a beautiful book but lacks depth and is tonally inconsistent, writes Erin Handley.