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A touch of hope after the doom? Your guide to the Miles Franklin 2022 shortlist

This year’s Miles Franklin shortlist is lyrical in voice, complex in form, and perhaps a little more hopeful than usual. The threads of shared...

Noir and nostalgia inform Chris Womersley’s tale of forgery, grief, and the seamy side of urban life

Image: Kevin Laminto/Unsplash Before prospective readers can get to the opening chapter of Chris Womersley’s new novel The Diplomat, they will find themselves assailed with several...

Gwen Harwood was one of Australia’s finest poets – she was also one of the most subversive

Image: Gwen Harwood (1920-1995). A.T. Bolton/Wikimedia commons Gwen Harwood is one of Australia’s finest poets. Her poetry is studied in secondary schools across the nation. While...

‘I did not dare allow myself to be vulnerable’: Sandra Willson’s memoir of incarceration is a tale of working-class resilience

Image: Sandra Willson (left) on the set of Prisoner. Author provided Why do authors pen memoirs? What impact can memoirs have? Patti Miller, an expert on...

A new book argues Julian Assange is being tortured. Will our new PM do anything about it?

Image: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP It is easy to forget why Julian Assange has been on trial in England for, well, seemingly forever. Didn’t he allegedly sexually assault...

If animals could speak, would we understand them?

Image: Wikimedia commons Turin, once briefly the capital of Italy, is famous today for its coffee, delectable hazelnut chocolate, Fiat cars, Juventus FC and the...