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A reader's progress: Blyton, the bush, Randolph Stow and Oxford

A reader's progress: Blyton, the bush, Randolph Stow and Oxford

W H ChongNov 28, 2015

A brief bush Bildungsroman: indefatigable reader Jim Morgan traces his evolution as reader.

How to Paint a Novelist: Michelle de Kretser

How to Paint a Novelist: Michelle de Kretser

W H ChongOct 20, 2015

A painter's notes on making a portrait. Plus, see the author speak about her writing and her portrait, in front of the picture at the National Portrait Gallery, Canberra.

Magda Szubanski: a famous daughter and her father's past

Magda Szubanski: a famous daughter and her father's past

W H ChongSep 29, 2015

Indefatigable reader, Jim Morgan, admires Magda Szubanski's startling memoir.

Sex, Private Life and the Photographer

Sex, Private Life and the Photographer

W H ChongSep 11, 2015

Self-exposing imagery — it's everywhere! But see how an artist makes nakedness beautiful inside and out. Plus, an instant beach classic.

Melbourne Writers Festival: Top 10

Melbourne Writers Festival: Top 10

W H ChongAug 21, 2015

Catastrophic! Exotic! Or Graphic! Book something, anything. (But especially No. 5!) Plus, the Festival Director's picks.

The Daniel Day-Lewis of Book Design

The Daniel Day-Lewis of Book Design

W H ChongAug 14, 2015

Or is he the Paul Thomas Anderson? Anyway, he is one of the world's true superstars of book design, and you shouldn't miss seeing him.

Poe Ballantine, recording angel of the American underbelly

Poe Ballantine, recording angel of the American underbelly

W H ChongJul 28, 2015

Poe Ballantine is a great blues writer: he can make you laugh while his heart is breaking.

Hot Jane Austen in Silicon Valley

Hot Jane Austen in Silicon Valley

W H ChongJul 9, 2015

Jim Morgan reads 'The Underwriting', a new novel of Silicon Valley and Wall Street, and goes from dismissing it to finding it kind of hot.

Books: The Bush, shearing and two thrilling thrillers

Books: The Bush, shearing and two thrilling thrillers

W H ChongMay 21, 2015

The indefatigable reader Jim Morgan on the latest books by Don Watson, Stephen Daisley, Catherine Chanter and Michael Connelly.

David Walsh's excellent literary adventures

David Walsh's excellent literary adventures

W H ChongMar 26, 2015

What does Australia's greatest contemporary artist do next? Make a literary splash, on walls and in print.