Jonathan Littell's award-winning novel The Kindly Ones has taken out the dubious honour of the Literary Review's 2009 Bad Sex in Fiction award: "I came suddenly, a jolt that emptied my head like a spoon scraping the inside of a soft-boiled egg..." Ew.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
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!