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Last Words from a Master

Last Words from a Master

A collection by the late Denis Johnson: "The Largesse of the Sea Maiden". Reviewed by George Dunford.

DEFEND OZ LIT #2: Richard Flanagan

DEFEND OZ LIT #2: Richard Flanagan

This is the second in a series of e-posters of Australian authors and overseas colleagues speaking up for their rights. Watch this space for more, from Magda Szubanski, Jonathan Franzen, Jackie French, Toni Jordan, Jeanette Winterson, Tom Keneally, Mem Fox, Garth Nix and friends.

DEFEND OZ LIT #1: Tim Winton

DEFEND OZ LIT #1: Tim Winton

This is the first in a series of e-posters of Australian authors and overseas colleagues speaking up for their rights. Watch this space for more, from Richard Flanagan, Magda Szubanski, Jonathan Franzen, Jackie French, Toni Jordan, Jeanette Winterson, Tom Keneally and friends.

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

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

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

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

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

Sex, Private Life and the Photographer

Sex, Private Life and the Photographer

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

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

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

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