Books
Trio embarks on a rollicking Australian adventure with depth in “A Long Way from Home”
A political manifesto on the liberation of women
Michael Wolff speaks out as White House hits back about Fire and Fury revelations
A Sydney Bridge, a Falling Man and Three Witnesses to a Miracle
Crime, Women, and Outsider Perspectives
Sydney Writers' Festival: nasty women Chris Kraus, Viola Di Grado and Brit Bennett take centre stage
Trio embarks on a rollicking Australian adventure with depth in “A Long Way from Home”
2018-03-11 20:41:14 Book review “A Long Way from Home” by Peter Carey Knopf, 318 pp., $26.95 The Australian characters in Peter Carey’s new novel never leave Australia — but as they circumnavigate the island continent over the course of the book’s 300 pages, they find themselves in ever more unfamiliar territory. In “A Long Way from Home,” two-time Booker Prize-winning author Carey (“Oscar and Lucinda,” “True History of the Kelly Gang”) delivers a Great Australian Epic in picaresque form   Read More ...
Acclaimed crime writer Peter Temple dies, aged 71
2018-03-11 10:14:05 Peter Temple, the first crime writer to win Australia’s most significant literary award, the Miles Franklin, has died. He was 71. Temple died at home in Ballarat on Thursday. He had had cancer for the past six months, having dealt with a bout of the disease several years ago. He is survived by his wife Anita and his son Nicholas   Read More ...
Deadly Woman Blues book to be pulped following backlash over 'distressing' errors
2018-03-06 21:17:23 A history of black women in Australian music has been withdrawn from sale, with the publisher promising to pulp any unsold copies and never to reprint it, following an angry backlash from several of the artists who feature in its pages. Deadly Woman Blues , an illustrated "encyclopaedia" from established music writer Clinton Walker, was released by NewSouth Books, a division of academic publisher UNSW Press, last month to favourable reviews   Read More ...
Deadly Woman Blues book to be pulped following backlash over 'distressing' errors
2018-03-06 08:19:24 A history of black women in Australian music has been withdrawn from sale, with the publisher promising to pulp any unsold copies and never to reprint it, following an angry backlash from several of the artists who feature in its pages. Deadly Woman Blues , an illustrated "encyclopaedia" from established music writer Clinton Walker, was released by NewSouth Books, a division of academic publisher UNSW Press, last month to favourable reviews   Read More ...
Word of warning as complaints dog self-publisher and convicted fraudster
2018-03-04 11:07:25 The undischarged bankrupt presented herself as a model businesswoman who had built her online publishing service from scratch only to emotionally fall apart following the death of her husband in 2015. The English-born pensioner claimed to have been targeted online and convinced against her better judgment to transfer the illicitly-gained money into other accounts for which she was entitled, but rarely took, a 10 per cent commission   Read More ...
Books that Changed Me: Roxane Dhand
2018-02-23 02:11:21 Roxane Dhand is based in Britain and was inspired to write her debut novel during a recent trip to Broome. The Pearler's Wife (Bantam Press) is set at the turn of the century, among the pearling merchants making their fortune in the ports of WA. When I read this book 30-something years ago, it fired my relationship with historical romance. Meticulously researched from primary sources, this is a fictionalised re-telling of the 14th-century love affair between Katherine de Roet, a convent-raised pauper, and John of Gaunt, the third son of Edward III   Read More ...
How crime writer Dervla McTiernan's life changed twice in one day
2018-02-18 12:12:48 On a Friday in July, the day before Dervla McTiernan was to head off on a long weekend holiday with her two young children, husband and the family's golden retriever, the Perth-based lawyer received two pieces of life-changing news. Dashing into the GP clinic to pick up the results of a precautionary MRI scan, McTiernan was told bluntly she had a tumour, probably a craniopharyngioma, a benign but invasive growth lodged in the base of the brain   Read More ...
Australia's new children's laureate Morris Gleitzman hopes to inspire children in dark, uncertain world
2018-02-11 15:11:09 Children need inspirational stories more than ever as they contemplate their futures in a sometimes dark and uncertain world, according to Australia's new children's laureate, Morris Gleitzman. The author of 40 children's books will use his two-year term to promote the value of stories for young people in developing resilience, empathy, smart thinking, optimism and hope. Rarely has a generation needed these qualities more urgently, Gleitzman said   Read More ...
Stella Prize produces a diverse longlist
2018-02-09 00:19:05 Twelve books have been longlisted for this year's Stella Prize for writing by Australian women. The diverse list includes biography, science, debut novels, fiction by former Miles Franklin winners, stories and memoir. This year's longlist: The Enlightenment of the Greengage Tree, Shokoofeh Azar; A Writing Life: Helen Garner and Her Work, Bernadette Brennan; Anaesthesia: The Gift of Oblivion and the Mystery of Consciousness, Kate Cole-Adams; Terra Nullius, Claire G   Read More ...
No trauma as Sarah Krasnostein wins $100,000 Victorian Prize for Literature
2018-02-01 09:11:10 Sarah Krasnostein likes to cite Diane Arbus, her favourite photographer, who once said you don't choose the image, the image chooses you. So when she met Sandra Pankhurst it was like being "gently clobbered". The Melbourne writer was at a conference for forensic support services in her other role of legal researcher, and Pankhurst was there touting for work for her cleaning business, which specialises in mopping up after murders, suicides and extreme domestic disasters   Read More ...
Children's book illustrator Tony Flowers to donate research to UC National Centre for Australian Children's Literature
2018-01-27 15:09:05 Children's book illustrator Tony Flowers doesn't have trouble coming up with ideas, he has trouble coming up with time. It's not surprising given the lengths he's going to to improve his own creations, and leave a legacy for illustrators to come. The father-of-two is a PhD candidate at the University of Canberra. His thesis is looking at the design process used by illustrators for picture books, and how they create and encode the information for their narratives   Read More ...
Award-winning US science fiction and fantasy author Ursula K. Le Guin dies aged 88
2018-01-25 06:34:56 Based on Ursula K. Le Guin's multiple award-winning classic tale comes this richly imagined epic mini-series. In the magical world of EarthSea, the Amulet of Peace has ensured harmony between humans and dragons for centuries. But when the Amulet is broken and a piece of it disappears, it's up to a neophyte wizard to restore balance and stop a nefarious king from conquering EarthSea's islands   Read More ...
American literary science fiction novelist Ursula K. Le Guin has died
2018-01-24 01:09:05 Ursula K. Le Guin, the immensely popular author who brought literary depth and a tough-minded feminine sensibility to science fiction and fantasy with books such as The Left Hand of Darkness and the Earthsea series, died on Monday at her home in Portland, Oregon. She was 88. She had been in poor health for several months. Le Guin embraced the standard themes of her chosen genres: sorcery and dragons, spaceships and planetary conflict   Read More ...
Canberrans required as extras for season two of political thriller 'Secret City'
2018-01-24 01:09:02 If "starring in a political thriller" was on your list of new year's resolutions for 2018, you could be about to tick it off. Foxtel drama Secret City - based on the novels The Marmalade Files and The Mandarin Code by journalists Chris Uhlmann and Steve Lewis - is looking for Canberrans to play, well, Canberrans in the brand new second season   Read More ...
Why the decision to axe Reading Recovery is so disappointing
2018-01-23 14:15:49 Nature or nurture? Either way, there was little doubt any children of mine would love books. And they do. Picture books, chapter books, audio books, classic books, modern books, funny books, sad books, fact books, magical-adventure books, you name it, they love it. What I didn't know is that one child of mine would learn to read easily and mostly independently, while his twin would find the mechanics of learning to read much more challenging   Read More ...
AI's grades are improving but computers still can't read between the lines
2018-01-17 06:37:32 When computer models designed by tech giants Alibaba and Microsoft this month surpassed humans for the first time in a reading and comprehension test, both companies celebrated the success as a historic milestone. Luo Si, the chief scientist for natural-language processing at Alibaba's artificial intelligence research unit, struck a poetic note, saying, "Objective questions such as 'what causes rain' can now be answered with high accuracy by machines   Read More ...
Victorian writers dominate Indie Book Awards shortlists
2018-01-15 21:14:02 Victorian-based writers have made a clean sweep of spots in the two adult-fiction shortlists for Indie Book Awards, which were announced on Monday. The awards, which are presented by Australia's independent booksellers to the best books published last year, come in six categories: fiction; non-fiction; debut fiction; illustrated non-fiction; children's, and young-adult. Victorian writers occupied the four spots both in fiction and debut fiction   Read More ...
A political manifesto on the liberation of women
2018-01-10 20:00:25 Maltese-Australian author Lou Drofenik (centre) pictured with her publisher upon winning the National Book Prize for novels published in Malta in 2016 Lou Drofenik is not a new name in the Maltese literary scene. A Maltese-Australian author based in Melbourne, Drofenik, who writes in English, started by self-publishing her first novel Birds of Passage in 2005 and so far has written eight novels   Read More ...
Explosive new book reveals relationship between George Michael and Princess Diana
2018-01-08 06:05:10 AN EXPLOSIVE new book reveals the special bond George Michael shared with Princess Diana, and claims the two were confidantes who shared intimate meetings. GEORGE Michael claimed his close pal Princess Diana made it “very clear” she fancied him, an explosive new biography reveals. The pop megastar said they “clicked” and formed a special bond after meeting backstage at a World Aids Day concert in Wembley in 1989, reports   Read More ...
Michael Wolff speaks out as White House hits back about Fire and Fury revelations
2018-01-07 06:33:37 THE author of a controversial book about the White House has come out swinging against Trump, calling him the “least credible” person on Earth. The publisher of a scathing tell-all about the first year of the Trump Administration rushed the book to stores Friday, citing 'unprecedented demand,' and after the president's lawyers threatened legal action. THE author of an explosive new book detailing an insider account of President Trump’s White House has slammed his subject as a “child” who has “less credibility than perhaps anybody who has ever walked on Earth at this point”   Read More ...
How to get your hands on Fire and Fury this week
2018-01-06 15:09:02 American author Michael Wolff's new book Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House has already become a No.1 bestseller just a few days after it was published in the US. The book details the first year of Donald Trump's presidency and has already been the centre of controversy with White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders saying the book was "filled with false and misleading accounts"   Read More ...
Donald Trump blasts Michael Wolff and his sources over his new Fire and Fury book
2018-01-06 15:06:33 DONALD Trump has continued to unleash his anger at the author behind the explosive book which claims to blow the lid off the White House, as some inaccuracies reportedly emerge. The publisher of a scathing tell-all about the first year of the Trump Administration rushed the book to stores Friday, citing 'unprecedented demand,' and after the president's lawyers threatened legal action   Read More ...
Eat Pray Love author Elizabeth Gilbert’s partner Rayya Elias dies of cancer
2018-01-05 20:07:09 Gilbert shocked many when she announced 16 months ago that she was leaving her second husband Jose Nunes — who she wrote about in her book Eat Pray Love — for her best friend. She was my love, my heart, my best friend, my teacher, my rebel, my angel, my protector, my challenger, my partner, my muse, my wizard, my surprise, my gift, my comet, my liberator, my rock star, my completely impossible non-cooperator, my otherworldly visitor, my spiritual portal, and my baby   Read More ...
Melbourne 2017 in review: The most read stories on The Age
2017-12-31 01:07:02 2017 is a year Melbourne will never forget. Only weeks into the new year, Bourke Street became the scene of unspeakable horror. Just under 12 months later, the city again shuddered as a car slammed into pedestrians in Flinders Street. The twin attacks book-ended a year in which an alleged siege in Brighton, a balcony collapse in Doncaster, and a plane crash at Essendon airport also gripped readers and left families grieving   Read More ...
Sue Grafton, bestselling crime writer known for Kinsey Millhone Alphabet series, dies aged 77
2017-12-30 00:07:38 Crime novelist Sue Grafton, whose Kinsey Millhone Alphabet series became world-wide best sellers, has died after a two-year battle with cancer, her daughter said. Key points: Sue Grafton wrote the bestselling Kinsey Millhone Alphabet series She won numerous honours from crime writing associations Grafton died after a two-year battle with cancer Grafton, 77, died in Santa Barbara, California, on Thursday surrounded by her family, her daughter Jamie Clark said in a note on Grafton's website   Read More ...
What to read in 2018: A selection of the big books on the shelves next year
2017-12-29 04:07:26 We live in spooky times, and writers are worried. Books for 2018 tackle North Korea, climate change, and the plight of the refugee, including a Manus story written on a smuggled cell phone. A former US president has co-written The President is Missing, but fortunately that's fiction. For comfort, publishers are offering us detective stories and thrillers, inspiring memoirs, dramatic debuts and a novel narrated by a galah   Read More ...
Tinkering review: Katherine Wilson investigates the modern-day tinker
2017-12-28 06:09:15 SOCIETY. Tinkering. By Katherine Wilson. Monash University Press, $29.95 Review by Frances Atkinson. IT IS difficult to read Tinkering and not think about how stuff comes into the world. Not the shiny, plastic, mass-produced variety that washes up on the post-Christmas tide, or the mountains of electronic waste, but the handmade, often labour-intensive objects that begin life as an idea, and are made real by a mix of obsession, ingenuity and a drive to create   Read More ...
Ten books for your holiday reading
2017-12-28 02:08:58 There have been so many fine books published in the past year, it is almost impossible tor recommend only 10 for holiday reading. And if these don't tickle your fancy, you might try new novels by Michelle de Kretser, Sofie Laguna, or Richard Flanagan. Then of course there's ... too many to mention. LINCOLN IN THE BARDO. George Saunders. Challenging, original, ventriloquial, engaging, audacious and, ultimately, deeply compassionate, Saunders' novel deservedly won the Man Booker prize   Read More ...
A look back at the top 10 most read WA stories in 2017
2017-12-28 00:12:04 WA local Scott Ludlam kicked off the federal citizenship crisis while Labor leader Mark McGowan became WA's 30th Premier. We lost an even bigger share of the GST, and Perth was named "the most dangerous city in the world". But what were the stories WAtoday readers really cared about? We dug through the stats to bring you the top 10 most read stories on WAtoday   Read More ...
Santa, polar bears and goblins: Tolkien's Christmas letters to his children
2017-12-20 17:16:19 London: A previously unseen series of illustrated Christmas letters written by the author J.R.R Tolkien to his children, featuring Santa Claus and his helper Polar Bear, are to go on show next year. The letters start in 1920 after Tolkien's three-year old son John asked him who Father Christmas was and where he lived. Tolkien decided to assume the identity of Father Christmas in a written reply, and told stories of the North Pole via handwritten text and illustrations   Read More ...
The curious tale of the Marvel comics editor who pretended to be Japanese
2017-12-20 06:11:28 As comic book writers go, Akira Yoshida boasts an impressive resume. In two years, he went from complete obscurity to working on popular titles such as Thor: Son of Asgard and X-Men: Age of Apocalypse. The latter was made into a major mainstream movie in 2016 that grossed more than a half a billion dollars. There's just one issue. "Akira Yoshida" was a pen name used by C   Read More ...
‘I bet I can make your tits move’: Author Kathy Lette on first job interview at major TV network
2017-12-18 05:33:24 “A group of about five men sat there and one slapped ten dollars on the table and said, ‘I bet I can make your tits move without touching them’. And then he leant over and mauled my breasts and said, ‘Haha, you won’,” she said. “I replied, ‘I bet you 20 bucks I can make your balls move without touching them’   Read More ...
How To Read Body Language | Studio 10
2017-12-12 05:02:51 Body language expert Louise Mahler tells us how your actions can speak louder than words. Studio 10 | 8:30 AM - 12 PM weekdays on Channel TEN Network Ten’s morning show Studio 10 is hosted by Sarah Harris, Joe Hildebrand, Jessica Rowe, Ita Buttrose and Denise Drysdale, along with Jonathan Coleman and reporter David (Robbo) Robinson. Find out more about 'Studio 10' here: To add to the discussion on topics and share your opinions on 'Studio 10', head to one of our social media platforms below. Facebook: Twitter: (@studio10au) Instagram: (@studio10au) Tag us using the hashtag: Subscribe to the 'Studio 10' Channel here: Join our LIVE studio audience at our studio in Sydney, Australia   Read More ...
Comedy, war, and jazz chickens: Here are Bill Gates’ top five summer reading recommendations
2017-12-07 00:29:36 As the days get warmer and Aussie entrepreneurs start to form their summer reading stacks, Microsoft co-founder-turned-billionaire philanthropist Bill Gates has released his latest list of five book recommendations to make your choice a little easier. Gates’ book suggestions are a regular occurrence these days, with the entrepreneur posting them bi-yearly on his personal blog GatesNotes every year since 2012. He tries to keep his recommendations diverse, and even with the wonders of the internet, he still thinks books are one of the best ways curious minds can expand their thinking   Read More ...
Australia's reading levels improve significantly, but only for the top readers
2017-12-05 22:12:42 Australia's year 4 students have made significant improvements in their reading skills and have leapfrogged several countries in the latest international testing, but students with the lowest literacy levels still have not made any gains, new results show. The latest results from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), released on Tuesday, show that Australia was one of 18 countries to improve its reading levels   Read More ...
Trench Town reading centre in Jamaica
2017-12-05 12:31:14 While literacy rates may be low in Jamaica, Trench Town Reading Centre is harnessing these local kids' creative talents to inspire the next generation. Watch more here: https://youtu.be/-dCsq0qH6Jo.   Read More ...
Australia's reading levels improve significantly, but only for the top readers
2017-12-05 10:13:09 Australia's year 4 students have made significant improvements in their reading skills and have leapfrogged several countries in the latest international testing, but students with the lowest literacy levels still have not made any gains, new results show. The latest results from the Progress in International Reading Literacy Study (PIRLS), released on Tuesday, show that Australia was one of 18 countries to improve its reading levels   Read More ...
ACT slides backwards in Progress in International Reading Literacy Study
2017-12-05 10:13:05 Canberra was the only Australian jurisdiction to slip backwards in an international study of reading literacy, with a new report revealing the ACT has lost top spot to Victoria and recorded a greater number of students below the proficiency standard than in the same test five years ago. The Progress in International Reading Literacy Study showed that although 20 per cent of ACT year four students reached the advanced benchmark - the highest rate in the country - a further 18 per cent were ranked low or below low standard   Read More ...
Australia shoots up international rankings in reading
2017-12-05 10:12:50 among Year 4 students By education reporter Natasha Robinson and the National Reporting Team's Meredith Griffiths Australia has shot up the international rankings in reading, reversing a decade of underperformance in literacy achievement in the country's schools. Key points: Australia's Year 4 students ranked 21 out of 50 countries for reading, up six places since the last study in 2011 Australia outperformed countries including France, New Zealand and Spain Federal Education Minister says the results indicate teacher and school reforms are paying off The Progress in International Reading Study (PIRLS) ranked Australia 21 out of 50 countries among Year 4 students   Read More ...
RN's best reads: Your guide for books to read in summer 2017
2017-12-03 00:08:28 Whether it's by the beach, an adventure or relaxing at home, here's our guide to getting lost in a good book this summer, from some of RN's biggest bookworms. If you love Greek mythology, this book is compulsory and addictive reading. Haynes retells the stories of Oedipus and Antigone, through the eyes of the marginalised and largely powerless women characters in these classics   Read More ...