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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.

Fashion in fiction: jacket-less books

Fashion in fiction: jacket-less books

This season, the trendiest books will be baring it all with new "in" thing in book design: forgoing the jacket and printing the art straight on to a hard-back cover. Less is more.

Heathrow Airport’s writer in residence

Heathrow Airport’s writer in residence

Author Alain de Botton is writing a new book -- from the middle of London's Heathrow Airport. His book, masterminded by the airport's PR department, will document his experiences living in the airport for a week, chatting to travellers, baggage handlers, airline executives and others.

Are all sci-fi writers insane?

Are all sci-fi writers insane?

The idea that sci-fi and fantasy writers are a few bottles short of a six pack is one that has probably around for as long as the genres have existed, says Renai LeMay. But the grown adults who dream about dragons and space ships all day may just be some of the sanest people around.

Behind <em>Brideshead</em>: the scandalous story that’s no fiction

Behind Brideshead: the scandalous story that’s no fiction

Fast cars, faster women and sexual experimentation: the real world inhabited by Brideshead Revisited author Evelyn Waugh was stranger and more scandalous than any fiction.

Booker Prize finalists revealed

Booker Prize finalists revealed

The longlist for the prestigious Man Booker Prize has been announced, with old hands like JM Coetzee and William Trevor sitting alongside newcomers like James Lever, the much-hyped first-time author of Me Cheeta.

Doubleplusgood: <em>Nineteen Eighty-Four</em> turns 60

Doubleplusgood: Nineteen Eighty-Four turns 60

It's been 60 years since George Orwell penned his dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four and while it hasn't quite come true (yet), much reads a little too lose for comfort.

Oprah lets indie books into her club

Oprah lets indie books into her club

Books from independent publishers are rarely anointed by the big O's seal of approval, but in a recent list of recommended reading, Oprah gave the thumbs-up to titles like Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and The Peep Diaries: How We're Learning to Love Watching Ourselves and Our Neighbors.

Judge bans <em>Catcher in the Rye</em> sequel

Judge bans Catcher in the Rye sequel

Author J. D. Salinger has won his court case to ban the US publication of a book by a Swedish author that is being touted as an "unauthorised sequel" to The Catcher in the Rye.

<em>Newsweek</em>‘s top 100 books: the meta-list

Newsweek‘s top 100 books: the meta-list

Newsweek makes a top 10 list of 'top 10 book' lists, to come up with the top 100 books of all time.