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Lorelei Vashti on deliberate lies in Dress, Memory

George Bernard Shaw said ‘All autobiographies are lies. I do not mean unconscious, unintentional lies: I mean deliberate lies.’ It sounds pretty harsh, but part of that quote appears as a disclaimer at the start of my book Dress, Memory because I really struggled to get my head around what is ‘truth’ and ‘lies’ while writing my memoir. I have lear…

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Samuel Rutter on Michel Houllebecq as himself

The appearance of writers on the silver screen is nothing new – think of William S Burroughs in Drugstore Cowboy or Maya Angelou who both wrote Janet Jackson’s poetic lines and played a minor character in John Singleton’s 1993 ‘hit’ Poetic Justice. At best these writers appear as a more or less romanticised version of themselves, with a few zingin…

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Our top ten bestsellers of the week

This House of Grief: The Story of a Murder Trial by Helen Garner The Children Act by Ian McEwan Colorless Tsukuru Tazaki and His Years of Pilgrimage by Haruki Murakami Triumph and Demise: The broken promise of a Labor generation by Paul Kelly The Upside of Down by Susan Biggar The Age Good Food Guide 2015 edited by Janne Aplegren and Roslyn Grund…

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