Topic archives: Books

Razer: the three kinds of therapy we self-apply to make sense of this world

October 12, 2017 29

The first two are essentially quick-fix drugs or peppy self-help. Only the third has the power to heal and instruct over the long term.

Don’t mess with possum magic

June 24, 2016

Australian authors Jackie French and Mem Fox respond to yesterday's article on parallel import restrictions on books.

It’s time to kill parallel import restrictions

June 23, 2016 8

Parallel import restrictions are a ridiculous protectionist holdover, and their time is up, writes Evan Mulholland, media and communications manager at the Institute of Public Affairs.

Publishers try to hold back the tide on parallel imports

November 26, 2015 6

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.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

September 22, 2015 4

Tony Abbott nudes up (almost) ... is the government going to sell the ABC? ... Shaun Menegola jumping ship to Seven? ...

‘We were blindsided’: books industry demands to know next plot twist

‘We were blindsided’: books industry demands to know next plot twist

September 3, 2015 1

A group of literature organisations has written an open letter to Arts Minister George Brandis, claiming they have been shut out of consultations for an books industry council announced last year.

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

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

September 30, 2014 9

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

How to engage students

July 15, 2014

Crikey readers have their say on teaching methods and other issues of the day.

Clive James’ devilish fire an eternal flame

Clive James’ devilish fire an eternal flame

June 2, 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.

Follow Friday: @BrigidWD, live-tweeting compulsory silence

Follow Friday: @BrigidWD, live-tweeting compulsory silence

May 9, 2014

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

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

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

May 7, 2014 52

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?

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

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

April 11, 2014

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.

Farewell to the second-hand bookshop

Farewell to the second-hand bookshop

November 21, 2013 25

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

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

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

October 22, 2013 53

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.

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: world’s worst book title?

Richard Farmer’s chunky bits: world’s worst book title?

February 22, 2013

Queensland's Sunshine Coast author Loani Prior has made the short list for a book competition conducted by the major industry trade journal The Bookseller.

New chapter for publishers and the online quest for readers

New chapter for publishers and the online quest for readers

February 8, 2013 4

The relationship between publishers and readers has changed dramatically -- and it's all thanks to digital marketing technologies. Social media and video trailers are flogging more books.

2012 Crikeys: the best in film, books, TV, theatre, music

2012 Crikeys: the best in film, books, TV, theatre, music

December 21, 2012 14

What was the best film of 2012? The best TV show? The book you have to read, the video game you have to play, the album you have to download, the theatre you should have seen? Crikey picks the best.

Rinehart’s get-rich-quick book for the nation shrouded in secrecy

Rinehart’s get-rich-quick book for the nation shrouded in secrecy

November 22, 2012 18

Gina Rinehart will spend the next 36 hours zipping between Brisbane, Sydney and Melbourne to launch her top-secret book of political essays. A presentation reveals personal photos of the billionaire.

Booksellers sceptical about JK and the Chamber of Secrets

Booksellers sceptical about JK and the Chamber of Secrets

September 27, 2012 8

Only one Australian reviewer has read JK Rowling’s first book for adults, which goes on sale at 5pm today. The secrecy around The Casual Vacancy is a Harry Potter-like mystery.

What’s happened to literary schools?

What’s happened to literary schools?

September 26, 2012

What has happened to literary movements? Why have they descended into little more than marketing labels? Bethanie Blanchard on literary schools and generational packaging.