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How a crime writer became a suspected serial killer in Australia's longest-running murder investigation
How a crime writer became a suspected serial killer in Australia's longest-running murder investigation

Twenty years after publishing his 1995 debut crime novel, City of Light, rock musician and writer Dave Warner answered the door of his Sydney home to find two suited men standing outside.

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Deepfakes, Dark kitchens, and Big Dick Energy: Macquarie Dictionary announces Word of the Year
Deepfakes, Dark kitchens, and Big Dick Energy: Macquarie Dictionary announces Word of the Year

The etymology boffins at the Macquarie Dictionary have, once again, trawled through the list of new words added to the dictionary in 2018 and selected the term or phrase that most accurately ‘represents the year gone... View More»

Can you guess how many print books sold in Australia in 2018?
Can you guess how many print books sold in Australia in 2018?

Reading is Australia’s favourite leisure activity. We spend more time with books in our hands... View More»

The birth of the blurb
1/10/2019 9:38 PM
The birth of the blurb

We know that you don’t judge a book by its cover. You pick it up, flip it over, and judge it by the blurb instead. But where did this now-ubiquitous practice originate?

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Unexpected Book Sequels Spurred by Popular Screen Adaptions
2/09/2019 12:19 AM
Unexpected Book Sequels Spurred by Popular Screen Adaptions

A number of popular movies and TV shows based on books have inspired authors to write sequels to their books that may never have existed.

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First peek at images from the set of Catch-22
2/02/2019 12:56 AM
First peek at images from the set of Catch-22

The book is being revived as a 6-episode TV miniseries on Hulu, directed by George Clooney.  

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New Year's Reading Resolutions
2/02/2019 12:00 AM
New Year's Reading Resolutions

Have you set your resolutions for 2019? Maybe you’ve already broken a few! Fear not – there’s still hope for your reading goals. Here are our five best tips for keeping your reading on track in the New Year.

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Australian authors share in $600,000 worth of prize money at the Prime Minister's Literary Awards
12/05/2018 9:21 PM
Australian authors share in $600,000 worth of prize money at the Prime Minister's Literary Awards

The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards are in their 11th year, and this year have distributed $600,000 worth of prize money to Australian authors across six categories.

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Winner announced for best thriller without violence towards women
12/03/2018 8:39 PM
Winner announced for best thriller without violence towards women

Australian author Jock Serong’s On The Java Ridge has taken out first place in The Staunch Book Prize, a new award that is protesting the overload of violence towards women in fiction. 

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Margaret Atwood announces a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale
Margaret Atwood announces a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale

The sequel to Margaret Atwood's dystopian classic The Handmaid’s Tale is due for publication in September 2019. 

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Story of a combat cameraman in the often overlooked British Army Film and Photographic Unit wins $20,000 Nib Literary Award
Story of a combat cameraman in the often overlooked British Army Film and Photographic Unit wins $20,000 Nib Literary Award

Helen Lewis has won the Nib Literary Award for her book The Dead Still Cry Out, an investigation into her father’s life through the photographs he took during World War II as a combat cameraman.

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Tom Cruise axed from Jack Reacher film series because he's 'too short'
Tom Cruise axed from Jack Reacher film series because he's 'too short'

Jack Reacher, who is described by his creator Lee Child as ‘a huge, intimidating bruiser ... a big, probably a bit ugly sorta guy’ was played by Tom Cruise – a 5’7, handsome Hollywood mainstay.

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 ‘I wrote this novel for anyone who has struggled’: Manuscript about growing up gay in regional WA wins Hungerford Award
‘I wrote this novel for anyone who has struggled’: Manuscript about growing up gay in regional WA wins Hungerford Award

Perth writer Holden Sheppard won the $12,000 prize for his YA manuscript, Invisible Boys, which follows three 16-year-old boys coming to terms with being gay in their regional Western Australian... View More»

Books to Broadway: Four Musicals You Didn't Know Were Novels First
Books to Broadway: Four Musicals You Didn't Know Were Novels First

The casual theatregoer may think that these musicals were straight-to-stage sensations, but they actually began as books.

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The State Library of Queensland has opened Australia's first Tool Library
The State Library of Queensland has opened Australia's first Tool Library

An membership fee of $75 gives people access to power tools, camping gear, kitchen appliances, party needs and other household items.

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The true story behind Nicole Kidman's new film 'Boy Erased'
12/12/2018 3:29 AM
The true story behind Nicole Kidman's new film 'Boy Erased'

Garrard Conley was 19 when he was outed as gay and forced by his parents to either leave their care or undergo conversion therapy.

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Michelle Obama's memoir hits shelves tomorrow
12/12/2018 12:20 AM
Michelle Obama's memoir hits shelves tomorrow

Former First Lady Michelle Obama’s memoir is hitting shelves in two days time

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12/08/2018 1:45 AM
"Chillingly entertaining": Melbourne writer Ruth McIver wins $10,000 Richell Prize with crime novel 'I Shot the Devil'

A total of 660 writers submitted chapter samples to the Richell Prize this year in the hopes of snaring the attention of the judges and scoring $10,000 and a 12-month mentoring program with publisher Hachette.

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Author Jack Heath is launching a new party game for storytellers
12/07/2018 12:55 AM
Author Jack Heath is launching a new party game for storytellers

The game is called Lights, Camera, Pitch! and to play, each participant pretends to be a film producer looking to pitch their latest project to the ‘studio’, another player.

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Which is the oddest one out?
12/06/2018 12:27 AM
Which is the oddest one out?

The shortlist for the 2018 Diagram Prize for Oddest Book Title of the Year has been announced.

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Publisher announces book release about the Thai cave rescue
12/06/2018 12:04 AM
Publisher announces book release about the Thai cave rescue

Publisher, Penguin Random House, has announced it will publish 'Into the Dark: The dramatic story of the Thai cave rescue' by Dr Craig Challen, Dr Richard Harris and Coach Ekkapol... View More»

Lynette Noni's series 'The Medoran Chronicles' is an addictive combo of Harry Potter, Narnia and X-Men
12/05/2018 1:41 AM
Lynette Noni's series 'The Medoran Chronicles' is an addictive combo of Harry Potter, Narnia and X-Men

In July this year, Lynette’s books occupied all top five spots on the Australian young adult books bestseller list.

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Margaret Atwood is auctioning off the chance to name a character in her next book
11/05/2018 7:07 PM
Margaret Atwood is auctioning off the chance to name a character in her next book

Margaret Atwood is among a number of well-known authors offering the chance to name a character in their latest books as part of a charity auction in aid of survivors of torture.

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Michael Robotham's internationally bestselling book is being adapted for TV
11/01/2018 11:40 PM
Michael Robotham's internationally bestselling book is being adapted for TV

The #1 International Bestseller The Secrets She Keeps is being made into a six part series. 

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Jock Serong releases new novel based on a shipwreck north of Tasmania in 1797
Jock Serong releases new novel based on a shipwreck north of Tasmania in 1797

Jock Serong's latest novel, Preservation, is based on a the real-life 1797 wrecking of the Sydney Cove, a ship bound from Calcutta for the newly established colony of Sydney. 

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Michael Connelly awarded the Diamond Dagger at the 2018 UK Crime Writers' Association Dagger awards
Michael Connelly awarded the Diamond Dagger at the 2018 UK Crime Writers' Association Dagger awards

Florida-based crime writer Michael Connelly has been awarded one of the world’s highest crime-writing honours, the UK Crime Writers’ Association (CWA) Diamond Dagger.

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A law school in India is teaching a course on Harry Potter
A law school in India is teaching a course on Harry Potter

Students will be taught the parallels between our rule of law and the rule of law as it exists in J.K Rowling’s fictional world of wizardry. View More»

You can obtain permission to adapt stories by Stephen King for just $1
You can obtain permission to adapt stories by Stephen King for just $1

A selection of the King of Horror's 200-odd short stories are available to amateur film and theatre-makers at a bargain-bin price of a buck.

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A new edition of Andre Aciman’s 'Enigma Variations' has been released in Australia
A new edition of Andre Aciman’s 'Enigma Variations' has been released in Australia

Aciman has another novel on offer that similarly evokes the sensuality, bliss and devastation of love: Enigma... View More»

Queensland Literary Awards Winners Announced
Queensland Literary Awards Winners Announced

Real life events explored through both non-fiction and fiction were revealed as winners at the 2018 Queensland Literary Awards.

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Author Jane Caro considering challenging Tony Abbott for the seat of Warringah
Author Jane Caro considering challenging Tony Abbott for the seat of Warringah

Writer and commentator Jane Caro is seriously considering challenging Tony Abbott in the seat of Warringah after the View More»

Jodi Picoult's reading repertoire
Jodi Picoult's reading repertoire

Blockbuster author Jodi Picoult on the books that have shaped her life, made her laugh, and defined her career. 

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BBC's Sherlock and Dr Who Creative Team Is Bringing Us Dracula
BBC's Sherlock and Dr Who Creative Team Is Bringing Us Dracula

Get ready to sink your fangs into the newest adaptation of Bram Stoker’s gothic horror masterpiece.

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A collective of American authors - led by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan - sue Trump
A collective of American authors - led by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Jennifer Egan - sue Trump

A collective of writers and authors are suing the President of the United States for allegedly threatening free speech and thereby violating the First Amendment of the US Constitution.

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Roald Dahl's granddaughter to follow in his footsteps
Roald Dahl's granddaughter to follow in his footsteps

Dahl's granddaughter Chloe has revealed she is carrying on the family tradition by writing a book for young people.

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Hank Green, brother of YA author John Green, releases novel about a girl grappling with instant fame
Hank Green, brother of YA author John Green, releases novel about a girl grappling with instant fame

Science educator and Youtuber Hank Green recently released his debut novel, A Truly Remarkable Thing, the first in a two-book deal.

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2018 Prime Ministers Literary Award Shortlists announced
2018 Prime Ministers Literary Award Shortlists announced

The shortlists for this year's Australian Prime Minister's Literary Awards have today been announced by Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

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Book about a young woman sexually harassed by a powerful man in Troubles Ireland wins Man Booker
Book about a young woman sexually harassed by a powerful man in Troubles Ireland wins Man Booker

Anna Burns’ winning book, Milkman, follows a bookish girl in Troubles-era Ireland who attracts the unwanted sexual attention of a senior paramilitary figure, the ‘milkman’.

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Joyce Maynard returns to Yale to finish a course that was interrupted 46 years ago by a romance with J D Salinger
Joyce Maynard returns to Yale to finish a course that was interrupted 46 years ago by a romance with J D Salinger

Salinger was 35 years her senior when Joyce Maynard began a romance with the author in 1972.

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Jaclyn Moriarty to publish her adult fiction debut
Jaclyn Moriarty to publish her adult fiction debut

Gravity Is the Thing is the title of upcoming first adult novel by YA author Jaclyn Moriarty.

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Berlin's first Arabic library a place of culture and comfort for refugees
Berlin's first Arabic library a place of culture and comfort for refugees

Earlier this year, Berlin officially opened its first Arabic library as a way to help meet the cultural and intellectual needs of refugees living in the city. 

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Can you spot the book among the gadgets?
10/12/2018 10:53 PM
Can you spot the book among the gadgets?

This brainteaser challenges you to find a hidden book in under one minute. 

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Christopher Paolini to release a new book in the world of Eragon after seven years
10/11/2018 10:22 PM
Christopher Paolini to release a new book in the world of Eragon after seven years

In January 2019, the world of Alagaësia returns, with the release of Paolini’s newest book The Fork, the Witch, and the Worm.

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Jacqueline Harvey's bestselling Alice-Miranda books are being made into an animated movie
10/11/2018 8:35 PM
Jacqueline Harvey's bestselling Alice-Miranda books are being made into an animated movie

Production has begun on an animated drama-comedy telemovie, Alice-Miranda Shines Bright, based on the bestelling series of children's books by Jaqueline Harvey. 

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Dear Donald Trump: Kiwi author's picture book to be published in the UK
10/10/2018 10:06 PM
Dear Donald Trump: Kiwi author's picture book to be published in the UK

Dear Donald Trump is the story of a New Zealand boy named Sam who is faced with terrible problem - he has to share a room with his brother.

 
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Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief, returns after a decade of crippling writer's block
10/09/2018 7:59 PM
Markus Zusak, author of The Book Thief, returns after a decade of crippling writer's block

He was floored by his success and endured almost a decade of crippling writer’s block.

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