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Underbelly: Tale of Two Cities: John Silvester and Andrew Rule

Melbournians rejoice – not only is there an Underbelly series we can legally watch this time, but the producers have promised more nudity! If that isn’t enough to whet your appetite, this collection …

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Sleepers Almanac 5: Louise Swinn & Zoe Dattner (Eds)

This year’s Almanac contains many new writers, and it’s always interesting to see what newer (and frequently younger) writers have to say. There has been criticism of Australian short stories in the …

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The Life You Can Save: Peter Singer

Peter Singer knows how to confront you, to make you feel uncomfortable. If a person was walking down a road past a pond and saw a small child in trouble, most of them would jump in without a thought.…

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Butterfly: Sonya Hartnett

Sonya Hartnett’s latest novel (like Of a Boy, which won the 2003 Age Book of the Year Award) will appeal to readers well beyond the age of its nearly 14-year-old protagonist.

Plum Coyle exists in a …

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The Best Australian Short Stories 2008: Delia Falconer (Ed)

Delia Falconer writes in her introduction to this collection, ‘most stories in Australia are written for pleasure, for the sheer joy of cutting loose.’ This is apparent in the twenty-six stories Fal…

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New Australian Stories: Aviva Tuffield (Ed)

Short stories seem to be enjoying a resurgence of late. New annuals devoted to them (like Black Inc.’s Best Australian Stories and the Sleepers Almanacs) seem to be thriving; while writers like Cate…

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Revolutionary Road: Richard Yates

American novelist and short-story writer Richard Yates passed away in 1992 (aged 66) all but forgotten, with most of his works languishing out-of-print. He has retained a small but utterly devoted fo…

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The Best Australian Essays 2008: David Marr (Ed)

The Best Australian Essays has a new editor this year: the always-interesting David Marr. I was excited to see his pick of the year’s best, and wasn’t disappointed.

Christos Tsiolkas opens the coll…

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Breakneck: Erica Spindler

In Rockford, Illinois, a 21-year-old computer science student and hacker is murdered in cold blood. Detective Mary Catherine Riggio is determined to solve the case, but soon finds herself facing her …

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The Best Australian Humorous Writing: Andrew O'Keefe and Steve Vizard (Eds)

I approached this title with some trepidation. For what, exactly, is humourous writing? One man’s comedy is another man’s dross, the laughter quotient often governed more by the reader than the write…

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