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Archive Discoveries

  • GEORGIA BLAIN is a novelist and journalist who lives in Sydney. Her first novel, Closed for Winter, was adapted into movie in 2009. LEONIE DYER asked Georgia about her latest novel, Between a Wolf and a Dog. Read on >
  • Kit, only 19 years old, works for Shen Corporation
as a phenomenaut – a person who projects their consciousness into the bodies of animals bred for research purposes. This is the strange and intriguing premise of The Many Selves of Katherine North. ANGUS DALTON puts some questions to EMMA GEEN, author of this new novel. Read on >
  • gr highlights cookbooks to buy for the discerning foodies in your life. Read on >
  • A young woman named edie channels the dead through her work with the shady Elysian Society in a dytopian first novel from SARA FLANNERY MURPHY. The Oklahoma-based author tells EMMA STUBLEY about her encounters with ghosts and Greek mythology and how they influened The Possessions. Read on >
  • Find out about the inspiration behind the bestselling brilliance of Graeme Simsion's The Rosie Project, his new novel The Best of Adam Sharp, and how he made a name for himself by dressing as a duck. Read on >
  • 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 >
  • I switched on to watch ABC TV’s The Drum one evening and discovered Jodi Picoult sitting on the panel discussion.What a great performer she is – not only an impressive writer but also an impressive speaker.The discussion at the table was raging around whether a white author has the right, or could even have the understanding, to write about black characters. As a white woman, how could she really know what’s it’s like to be a black woman, let alone a black man? How could she write black characters and make them authentic without knowing how they feel? 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 >
  • Sydney-based novelist LAUREN SAMS, author of She’s Having Her Baby, has worked for magazines such as Marie Claire, Elle and Cosmopolitan. Her new book, Crazy Busy Guilty, reprises the heroine Georgie Henderson, who tries frantically to juggle work and family. We spoke recently with Lauren, who talked about the US election, writer’s block and wacky parenting strategies.  Read on >
  • Paul Mitchell is a poet, short story writer, and now a novelist with the release of We. Are. Family. Read on to find out about Paul's poetry, writing, and the way he explores family trauma and masculinity in Australia.  Read on >
  • UK journalist and editor MARINA BENJAMIN looks at the joys, losses and opportunities of middle age in her new book, The Middlepause. In this extract she writes about the secret misogynistic history of HRT.   Read on >

Book Reviews in this issue

  • Reddan celebrates the joys of family life, as well as the sisterhood of neighbours, while having a clear-eyed view of the unquestioned power of men and the Church in the 1960s and the destruction they made possible. It’s powerful stuff.  Read on >

  • For me, the thing that sets this novel apart is the genuine care I developed as a reader for Devon. A brilliant debut that may divide some readers, but I think it’s a cracker.  Read on >

  • Sudjic is a brilliant writer, who deals with issues of loss, grief and displacement skilfully. Incredibly engrossing but also disconcerting.  Read on >

  • This novel is very moving and highlights the enduring fear that many people continue to live through and the injustice of their lack of rights and security. The reality that nothing is truly infinite when there are borders. Read on >

  • This superbly crafted novel is a joy (and an easier way to enjoy Beckett).  Read on >

  • This novel is timely and profound and is delivered with the grace and poise of a master. Unarguably brilliant.  Read on >

  • We all need some magic in our lives, particularly if we are dealing with grief. This is a delightful, open-hearted book that gently looks at the beauty and mess of life and how grief is a natural part of the cycle of life and love. Read on >

  • The imagery throughout is exceptional. This, at the end of ‘Bulk’: ‘Above us and above the gulls, the morning’s just-visible moon pulled the sea an inch inwards as if for a waltz.’ Eley Williams is an extraordinary literary talent.  Read on >

  • The way the narrator sees the world and herself is dizzying and magical and, as an autistic woman myself, it was great to read the thoughts of someone who thinks and interacts with the world a bit like me. If you’re after a read to broaden your horizons, this is a great book.  Read on >

  • In November 1944, a German V-2 rocket hits a busy store in London’s New Cross. Of the resulting 168 dead, 33 were children. Spufford wonders what those children’s lives would have been like had they lived. Read on >

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