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Anna Heyward on Karl Ove Knausgaard and Lydia Davis

by Anna Heyward

Norwegian author Karl Ove Knausgaard reminds us, in the style of Proust, that the only subject needed for a life’s work is a life itself. Though so far just half of his six-volume My Struggle cycle has appeared in English (Knausgaard’s translator, Don Bartlett, can’t work fast enough for most of his Anglophone readers), the stretch and the intensity of his project is already clear; reading volume…

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The Story of My Book: Machine Wars by Michael Pryor

by Michael Pryor

Michael Pryor on the thinking behind his techno-thriller, Machine Wars, for readers of 10+.

Humanity has been fascinated by mechanical people ever since the whole idea of machines came about. You can call them robots or automatons or androids or cyborgs, all with their own variations and differences, but what they really are is a reflection of us. Robots are us but with something extra – stren…

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Emily Bitto chats to Kristina Olsson about The Strays

by Kristina Olsson

We live in an era infatuated with memory and perspective. In looking back, we interrogate our individual and collective pasts in an attempt, perhaps, to check our own authenticity, to keep ourselves honest. But the truth of the past, if such a thing exists, is as changeable as our needs.

This notion is at the centre of Emily Bitto’s engaging debut novel, The Strays. The story is centred around …

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Q&A with Maxine Beneba Clarke

Bronte Coates talks with Maxine Beneba Clarke about her debut collection of short stories.

Foreign Soil portrays characters positioned on the fringe of society, often oppressed or downtrodden – an asylum seeker at Villawood, a pregnant young woman in rural Jamaica. What appeals to you about writing these kinds of protagonists?

All of the issues explored in Foreign Soil are part of my experien…

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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.

Robbie is reading The Promise by Tony Birch

I am reading Tony Birch’s new story collection, The Promise. It is wonderful: richly characterised, funny and sad. I love that his stories ring true, and each time I finish one I can’t wait to start …

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Q&A with Angela Meyer

Bronte Coates talks with Angela Meyer about her new collection of micro fiction.

Why flash fiction? (And can you describe to new readers what it is?)

The terms flash fiction, and micro fiction, are relatively new ways to categorise an old form: the very short story. Some of my favourite writers in this form are Franz Kafka and Janet Frame, and I’ve been undeniably inspired by contemporary Aus…

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Meet the Bookseller with Miles Allinson

by Miles Allinson

We chat with bookseller Miles Allinson about the value of well-made objects and his desire to develop a rare skin disease (so he can find the time to read Proust, naturally).

Why do you work in books?

Basically, I’m unqualified to do much else. After studying for 25 years (or what feels like it), the only other thing I’m really qualified to do is throw leaves around and prank-call people. Als…

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Come along to the Emerging Writers' Festival

After a fun and just a little bit heartwarming (hugs! games! community!) launch for the program last night, the Emerging Writer’s Festival now has tickets for sale. With an electrifying new line-up of writers, programs and venues trailed across the Melbourne CBD, this year’s festival looks like I’m going to be very, very busy come 27 May, through to 6 June.

There’s also some amazingly strange-lo…

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The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka wins 2014 Stella Prize

Historian and author Clare Wright has been named the winner of the 2014 Stella Prize for her absorbing and vitallly important non-fiction book, The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka.

Kerryn Goldsworthy, chair of the 2014 Stella Prize judging panel, says:

A rare combination of true scholarship with a warmly engaging narrative voice, along with a wealth of detail about individual characters and daily li

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