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  • JIM OBERGEFELL led a class action in the US Supreme Court that established marriage equality nationwide for Americans. Love Wins, co-written with Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist DEBBIE CENZIPER, is the story of the love that inspired the fight for justice. ANGUS DALTON reports. Read on >
  • When she was 16, MADELAINE DICKIE went to Denpasar, the capital 
of Bali, on a language exchange program.
 Since then she has been fascinated with Indonesia; she has lived and studied in our northern neighbour for three years and
 she speaks Indonesian fluently. Her first novel, Troppo, tells the story of Penny, an Australian expat who flees from her career- minded boyfriend in Perth to a seemingly carefree 
life of surfing in Indonesia. Madelaine tells us how she came to write the novel. Read on >
  • Creativity is often thought of as a special gift bestowed on only a handful of lucky people. But as Australian novelist SUE WOOLFE points out, it’s a skill that you can cultivate. Here are five tips she used to create her latest collection of stories, Do You Love Me or What? Read on >
  • gr highlights cookbooks to buy for the discerning foodies in your life. Read on >
  • Born in London, retired doctor TONY ATKINSON spent the first years of his life in a cage dangling out of a window. But he went on to serve the Queen and Winston Churchill during his early career as a footman and waiter, which he recalls in hilarious stories in he memoir, A Prescribed Life. Read on >
  • A Melbourne woman proud of her 7000-year-old Persian heritage shines a light on family violence in a memoir covering three generations. SOHILA ZANJANI, author of Scattered Pearls, speaks with JENNIFER SOMERVILLE. Read on >
  • From an investigation into the scandals of the Catholic Church by Tom Keneally to Jeffrey Archer’s thrilling last instalment in the ‘Clifton Chronicles’ series or a tale of a shrewd female locksmith in the time of Queen Elizabeth I, these books will delight you over the long, languid days of summer. Read on >
  • Stretching across generations and set on the Atherton Tablelands where she lives, the latest novel from prolific Australian author BARBARA HANNAY is a saga of loss, love, secrets and salvation. She tells MAUREEN EPPEN 
about her writing life, and how The Grazier's Wife evolved.   Read on >
  • The author of The Woman Who Changed Her Brain: And other inspiring stories of pioneering brain transformation, busts long-held conceptions about how our minds function. Read on >
  • Meet the author who won the ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year 2015, and find out about her latest title, The Art of Keeping Secrets. Read on >
  • Most of us think of Australia as a sunny land filled with straightforward, open and candid people. But in ANNA ROMER’s version of the country, it’s a place filled with secrets and people who will do anything to keep them concealed. She talks with ALEX HENDERSON about her new book, Beyond the Orchard, Victoria’s haunted Otway Coast and the power of fear. Read on >

Book Reviews in this issue

  • My favourite part of the novel is the wonderful characters that Maguire has written. Read on >

  • His characters Stevie Fracasso (former rock star) and his younger brother, Rick McLennan (music journalist) leap off the page and burrow their way into the reader’s consciousness. Read on >

  • This is powerful writing.  Read on >

  • Baxter provides an informative and perceptive account of the kink subculture and highlights that while in the right setting it can be empowering for some, the culture’s lack of regulation is a source of much contention. Read on >

  • Taylor, a Nyoongar elder in Western Australia renowned as a poet and storyteller, recalls his childhood at the New Norcia Mission, north of Perth, in the 1950–60 period. This autobiography ranges from angry and accusatory to thoughtful and sardonic. Read on >

  • For anyone with the slightest interest in Australian literature, this book gives a wonderfully insightful glimpse behind the curtains of our publishing industry.  Read on >

  • Truth-Telling is a sophisticated argument for why non-Indigenous Australia should be interested in a treaty with the first nations. In making the argument Reynolds reminds us of the many uncomfortable truths about how we got to where we are.  Read on >

  • A Secret Australia is collection of essays, primarily by journalists and lawyers which forcefully plead the case for Julian Assange being a man most grievously wronged. Assange’s fate remains unclear. Read A Secret Australia and you won’t be indifferent to what that fate is. Read on >

  • I highly recommend Wonderscape. Once I picked the book up, I could not put it down. And it’s a great read for anyone in love with history. Read on >

  • Chasing the McCubbin is about searching for the thing of high value among the lesser things. Perhaps it’s found in friendship and the sense of belonging. It’s worth following the emotional, inspiring chase with Ron and Joseph.    Read on >

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