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Nic Low on designing the book cover for Arms Race

by Nic Low

Nic Low’s short-story collection, Arms Race , is a playful debut. Here, he shares the inspiration behind the book’s cover design, courtesy of WH Chong.

A few years ago, on a launch heading to a small island off New Zealand’s south coast, I thought I saw a giant octopus. It lay beneath the waves like a bruise. It was as wide as a downed jumbo jet. I figured something that big had to be powerful…

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Our mid-year bookish awards for 2014 (for young people)

Best Young Adult memoir:
Popular by Maya Van Wagenen

Some teenage diaries are best kept under lock and key, but happily this one is charming, well-written, and a great insight into 8th Grade politics.

Best translated Young Adult novel:
Nine Open Arms by Benny Lindelauf, translated by John Nieuwenhuizen

Eccentric and unique, with quirky humour and dark turns, this is something a little differ…

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Our mid-year bookish awards for 2014

The Vladimir Nabokov award for an opening paragraph:
Family Life by Akhil Sharma

‘My father has a glum nature. He retired three years ago, and he doesn’t talk much. Left to himself, he can remain silent for days. When this happens, he begins brooding, he begins thinking strange thoughts. Recently he told me that I was selfish, that I had always been selfish, that when I was a baby I would start

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What we’re reading

Each week we bring you a sample of the books we’re reading, the films we’re watching, the television shows we’re hooked on or the music we’re loving.

Emily is reading The Road by Cormac McCarthy (or at least, half of it)

I decided to start this novel years after making it a victim of tsundoku (the act of leaving a book unread after buying it). What a gut-twisting masterpiece this is. Well, …

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DVD challenges for winter

Here are five ways to enjoy staying in during the cold winter evenings. Commit yourself to a beloved TV show that you missed out on when it was actually aired.

Make this the year you finally watch Twin Peaks which is probably the greatest television series of all-time (who us? Biased?). If you’re asking yourself, do I really have to watch this old show then check out this great response fro…

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The 2014 Man Booker Prize longlist

Congratulations to all the authors and publishers longlisted for the 2014 Man Booker Prize, including Australian Richard Flanagan for his novel, The Narrow Road to the Deep North.

This year’s longlist ranges from a new novel from a previous winner of the award (J) to a debut novel that was ‘crowdfunded’ by members of the public (The Wake). This is also the first year that this prestigious litera…

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A snapshot of what teenagers are reading

Over the past few months we’ve been participating in a work experience program with students from high schools across Melbourne including Anna Louey, Olivia Walls, Matilda Morley, Joel Calabria, Estelle Sutherland, Kealy Siryj and Tess Devine-Hercus. While these students were with us, we asked them what kind of books they like to read. Here are our findings…

Everyone had different favourite re

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Q&A with Omar Musa

Chris Gordon talks with Omar Musa about his revelatory and incendiary debut novel.

Your parents are both writers – your mum is a journalist and your dad is poet – and now you’ve made words your tools as well. What is your earliest memory of the power of language?

Always hard to say. Was it when I went to plays with my mum (she was a theatre reviewer) as a kid and was amazed at how a person co…

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The Lifted Brow on the Ego Issue

The latest issue of The Lifted Brow has caused some controversy by banning all instances of first-person pronoun. Here, the editors tell us their reasons behind their decision. Publisher & Editor-in-Chief Sam Cooney:

The Ego Issue of The Lifted Brow is intended – whilst also being as splendiferous re its contents as every other issue before it – as a provocation to readers, to writers, to pub…

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