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Martin Shaw’s top picks for August

It’s been a sombre couple of weeks in the Australian book trade, with two tragic passings: the highly respected Melbourne novelist, critic and educator Liam Davison (on the ill-fated MH17); and Matt Richell, the widely admired CEO of Hachette Australia, whose passion for publishing, and commitment to emerging Australian talent in particular, was u…

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Our staff share their gateway novels

The first time you read a book by a favourite author. Pia Spreadborough on discovering Haruki Murakmi:

I began The Wind Up Bird Chronicle one summer afternoon, fresh out of high school. I was excruciatingly anxious and in a panic about the rest of my life ahead of me being a ‘blank slate’. Yet, as I savoured each page of this novel, I was comf…

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Rebecca Jessen on the influence of Dorothy Porter in Gap

Rebecca Jessen’s award-winning verse novella, Gap , is a gripping crime thriller. Here, she talks about the influence of Australian poet Dorothy Porter on her work.

My first encounter with the work of late Australian poet Dorothy Porter was in mid 2011 in a second-hand bookshop in Newtown, Sydney. I picked up a copy of The Monkey’s Mask, intrig…

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