Writers of letters to The Age and The Sydney Morning Herald are poets, dreamers and provocateurs. The overwhelming majority is in search of a better world, even if some disguise their aspiration in a sheath that is crackling dry. They are possessed of good sense and a wicked sense of humour. No topic is off limits. Yet hundre... read more

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'A story can lure us into gaps and spaces that feel sacred in their silence.' Kim Scott In The Best Australian Stories 2013, Kim Scott assembles the most exceptional short fiction of the last year and invites readers to build 'a rare and intimate relationship' with these talented writers, one that is 'essential to storytellin... read more

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The Bedside Book of Beasts blends the best writing about lions, tigers, leopards, cheetahs, jaguars, hyenas, bears, wolves and other alpha predators and their prey with a wealth of extraordinary illustration. Among the writers included are: as Simon Armitage, Margaret Atwood, Walter Benjamin, Italo Calvino, Angela Carter, Bru... read more

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Published in early May, just in time for summer reading, Granta 106 is a special issue devoted to fiction. Look out for the best short stories of the year, extracts from the most exciting autumn books and an exclusive interview with critically acclaimed short-story writer Mavis Gallant by the Pulitzer Prize-winning and "New Y... read more

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The literary magazine, 'Meanjin' reflects the breadth of contemporary thinking and writing through essays, interviews, memoir, fiction, poetry and visual art.

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Robert Manne turns his inquiring mind to collecting superb non-fiction writing for The Best Australian Essays These essays, whether they provoke arguments, tears or laughter, all give razor-sharp insight into Australian society and, more broadly, the human condition. Previous contributors include Helen Garner, J.M.

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Hello Kitty, earthquakes, manga, samurai, robots and sushi. These are some of the things we think about when we think about Japan. This small island nation looms large in the popular imagination, in often contradictory ways: as the epitome of refinement and tradition, and as an embodiment of a shiny, soulless future. What is ... read more

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How do great writers do it? From James M Cain's hard-nosed observation that "writing a novel is like working on foreign policy. There are problems to be solved. It's not all inspirational," to Joan Didion's account of how she composes a book - "I constantly retype my own sentences. Every day I go back to page one and just ret... read more

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A groundbreaking collection of work from some of the great Australian Aboriginal writers, the Macquarie PEN Anthology of Aboriginal Literature offers a rich panorama of over 200 years of Aboriginal culture, history and life. From Bennelong's 1796 letter to contemporary creative writers, Anita Heiss and Peter Minter have sele... read more

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Author:Jason Cowley
Series:Granta: The Magazine of New Writing

Granta 101 features incisive reportage and investigative journalism alongside fiction and a photo essay from the Arctic by Gautier Deblonde. Andrew Hussey reports from the troubled Parisian suburbs; Tim Lott explores the brutal murder of his agent; Xan Rice travels to Angola in search of a missing father and son; Owen Sheers ... read more

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The sixteen essays gathered here represent the last pieces written by Susan Sontag in the years before her death in 2004. Reflecting on literature, photography and art, post-9/11 America and political activism, these essays encompass the themes that dominated Sontag's life and work, revealing why she remains one of the twenti... read more

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"Other Colours" is a collection of immediate relevance and timeless value, ranging from lyrical autobiography to criticism of literature and culture, from humour to political analysis, from delicate evocations of his friendship with his daughter Ruya to provocative discussions of Eastern and Western art. It also covers Pamuk'... read more

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In this collection, acclaimed writer Mandy Sayer brings together nine of the best Australian examples of the long story - tales that combine the intensity of the short story with the complexity of a novel. In these stories, characters grow up, hook up and break up, endure calamitous loss and discover delectable love, travel t... read more

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Georgia Blain, Barbara Brooks, Mette Jakobsen, Ben Law, Melissa Lukashenko and Chris Womersley. Griffith REVIEW' s highly anticipated third annual fiction collection explores islands, both geographical and personal. This assortment of new fiction from the best emerging and established writers from Australia and the region pro... read more

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Series:Griffith Review

At times it feels like we are unwilling participants in a never-ending disaster movie, buffeted by natural catastrophe, war, economic collapse, social implosion and private trauma. But behind the shocking headlines, official inquiries and memorial ceremonies there are many stories of renewal and hope, of survivors who pick up... read more

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The fourth instalment of Granta's always compelling, prescient and star-making Best of Young British Novelists list.

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The loss of a parent is an experience that we all face without any training - relating to a parent through old age and illness; going through the actual death in different circumstances and whether we can help parents to have a good death; the emotional aftermath - shock, grief, relief, the effect on families; funerals, wills... read more

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Fairy tales speak to the heart. They are the foundation stories that embody darkness and light, good and evil, and use magic to convey essential truths. In Once Upon a Time in Oz, Griffith REVIEW holds up an enchanted mirror to explore the role of fairy and folk tales across cultures in this country, and create new ones. How ... read more

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Edited by the best-selling and Pulitzer Prize-winning author Elizabeth Strout, this year's collection boasts a satisfying "chorus of twenty stories that are by turns playful, ironic, somber, and meditative" ("Wall Street Journal"). With the masterly Strout picking the best of the best, America's oldest and best-selling story ... read more

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