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Top authors explain: how to write a great novel

Top authors explain: how to write a great novel

Some of the literary world's brightest stars, including Junot Diaz, Hilary Mantel, Anne Rice and Kazuo Ishiguro, explain their novel methods for writing great works of fiiction -- from retreating to the bathroom to color-coded plot charts.

Macquarie Anthology to have a global reach

Macquarie Anthology to have a global reach

The Macquarie PEN Anthology will have a considerable effect on the burgeoning study of Australian literature abroad, writes Nicholas Birns. Yes, some bits are very literary, and some authors miss out, but finally Australian literature might get its deserved world recognition.

More drama over the PEN anthology

More drama over the PEN anthology

After nearly 40 years of public support for our literature, dramatic literature is still the poor relation, writes Katherine Brisbane. Are plays really that difficult to enjoy?

Rundle’s Friday Book Review: <em>The Land of Green Plums</em>

Rundle’s Friday Book Review: The Land of Green Plums

Big Les Murray has been dudded again after the Nobel Prize for Literature went to Romanian-born German language poet Herta Mueller, writes Guy Rundle.

The Booker Prize gets it gloriously, marvellously right

The Booker Prize gets it gloriously, marvellously right

Author Hilary Mantel has been awarded the Booker Prize for her novel Wolf Hall, and rarely has the award gone to someone more deserving, says Neel Mukherjee. It is the most gripping book you’ll ever read.

Philip Pullman: Dan Brown’s new novel is “flat, stunted and ugly”

Philip Pullman: Dan Brown’s new novel is “flat, stunted and ugly”

Author Philip Pullman has laid into fellow writer Dan Brown's new novel, The Lost Symbol, labelling the characters "flat and two-dimensional" and the prose "stunted and ugly". Ouch.

If Sci-fi is a genre, then so is Literature

If Sci-fi is a genre, then so is Literature

While the debate rages over Peter Craven's criticism of Aboriginal writing in the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature WH Chong considers a wider question.

Which famous author would you go boozing with?

Which famous author would you go boozing with?

Literary figures are long time lovers of drinking and alcoholism. Would you have been more likely to share a tipple with Oscar Wilde or a rum with Ernest Hemingway? Take the quiz!

A hornet’s nest in the garden at Lit Land

A hornet’s nest in the garden at Lit Land

Simon Hughes defends Peter Craven's controversial critique of The Macquarie Pen Anthology of Australian Literature.

The black and white of the Australian literary canon

The black and white of the Australian literary canon

Peter Craven’s highly theatrical review of the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Australian Literature in the September issue of Australian Book Review is worth picking a fight over, says Sophie Cunningham.