July, 2015

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Proof in the pudding? Sydney’s cookbook queen dethroned

, Jul 24, 2015

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Julie Gibbs, the curator of many beloved cookbooks, is leaving her position as publishing director of Lantern.
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Don’t ask, don’t tell: my year of non-disclosure agreements

, May 05, 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.
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The best-read politicians in Canberra, or how to spend $3000 on publications in just six months

, Jan 07, 2015

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Who spent the most on books and newspapers in Parliament House? Crikey reporter Myriam Robin and intern Mahalia Dobson investigate.
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Mike Carlton: the shoddy, anti-union fiction that won the PM’s top history award

, Dec 09, 2014

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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.
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Annabel Crabb needs a wife — and you do, too

, Sep 30, 2014

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

, Sep 30, 2014

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Julia Gillard was warm, funny and engaging at a discussion of her memoir in Sydney last night.
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Julia’s burn book: a study in a prime minister and those who disappoint her

, Sep 29, 2014

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Australia's first female prime minister has released her autobiography, and she is not shy about throwing some shade. Crikey finds the juiciest bits.
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Murder, a fit, a desire for nothingness? Helen Garner on the truth of crime

, Sep 19, 2014

Is it possible to make sense of tragedy? Helen Garner gives it a solid go in This House of Grief.
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Katniss Everdeen is not turning your kid into a right-wing nutjob

, Sep 03, 2014

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Some so-called progressives have worked themselves into a panic, warning that books like The Hunger Games could taint the minds of children with anti-welfare, anti-equality ideology.
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Kim Williams goes to the dogs (tastefully, of course)

, Sep 02, 2014

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This morning Kim Williams launched his new book, Rules of Engagement, which focuses more on family, wine, sport and good living, rather than his tumble from the News Corp roost.
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The (attempted) exorcism of Eddie Obeid

, Jul 31, 2014

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The NSW Labor Party wants to present Eddie Obeid as one bad apple. But this, of course, is nonsense, writes NSW political reporter Alex Mitchell.
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Climate sceptic HQ: undercover at Ian Plimer’s book launch

, Jul 15, 2014

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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?

, Jul 11, 2014

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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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Crikey list: most memorable books by politicians

, Jul 07, 2014

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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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Books by politicians: how to avoid the bargain bin

, Jul 07, 2014

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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.

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

, Jun 26, 2014

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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

, Jun 19, 2014

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

, Jun 12, 2014

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

Can Gerard Henderson judge PM’s Literary Awards fairly?

, Jun 03, 2014

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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

, Jun 02, 2014

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.