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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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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Author:Julianne Schultz
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 author is the sort of person who learned about sex from her father's copy of "Fanny Hill", and who once found herself poring over a 1974 Toyota Corolla manual because it was the only thing in her apartment that she had not read at least twice. This title recounts her lifelong obsession with books.

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The stories in this anthology speak of the love between Aboriginal peoples and their countries. They are personal accounts that share knowledge, insight and emotion, each speaking of a deep connection to country and of feeling heartsick because of the harm that is being inflicted on country even today, through the logging of ... read more

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The Pen and the Stethoscope is a unique collection of fiction and non-fiction by doctor-writers that gives us a fascinating look behind the doctor's mask and gets inside the minds of those who deal with enormous existential issues and traumatic situations on a daily basis. It is through writing that many doctors have plumbed ... read more

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In June 2010, the editors of "The New Yorker "announced to widespread media coverage their selection of "20 Under 40"--the young fiction writers who are, or will be, central to their generation. The magazine published twenty stories by this stellar group of writers over the course of the summer. They are now collected for the... read more

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Author:John Freeman
Series:Granta: The Magazine of New Writing

From Borges to Garcia Marquez, Vargas Llosa, Marias or Bolano , the Spanish language has given us some of the 20th century's most beloved writers. But as the reach of Spanish culture extends far beyond Spain and Latin America, and the US tilts towards a majority Hispanic population, the time is right to ask who and what is ne... read more

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A selection of Robert Fisk's finest 'Comment' pieces from the Saturday Independent. Robert Fisk has amassed a devoted readership over the years, with his insightful, witty and always outspoken articles on international politics and mankind's war-torn recent history. He is best known for his writing about the Middle East, its... read more

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Beginning with a dilemma about whether he spends more money on reading or smoking, George Orwell's entertaining and uncompromising essays go on to explore everything from the perils of second-hand bookshops to the dubious profession of being a critic, from freedom of the press to what patriotism really means. Throughout histo... read more

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In The Best Australian Stories 2011, Cate Kennedy selects the year's most outstanding short fiction. Featuring much loved masters as well as exciting new voices, this book is a perfect introduction to Australia's best contemporary fiction. Previous contributors include Nam Le, Kate Grenville, David Malouf, Tim Winton, Mandy S... read more

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Author:John Freeman
Series:Granta: The Magazine of New Writing

It haunts us; it stalks us; it shapes defining moments in our past. It creeps into our dreams and, if we allow it, can plague our ponderings of the future. The same scenarios that draw us to the thrill of the movie theater can rob us of the ability to flee from harm's way. The same 'monsters' that lived under our childhood be... read more

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The Paris Review is a groundbreaking publication bringing together fiction, poetry and prose from great writers all over the world. Its legendary interview series alone represents the single most important body of work that celebrates writing about writing. Publishing quarterly, each issue is a tribute to the possibilities of... read more

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The Paris Review is a groundbreaking publication bringing together fiction, poetry and prose from great writers all over the world. Its legendary interview series alone represents the single most important body of work that celebrates writing about writing. Publishing quarterly, each issue is a tribute to the possibilities of... read more

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Voiceless is an Australian think tank promoting respect and compassion for animals. Part of that endeavour is the awarding of the Voiceless Writing Prize sponsored by Australian Ethical Investment. With a prize pool of over $20,000 it is one of the largest awards of its kind in Australia. Judged by an expert panel, the prize ... read more

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This volume is intended primarily to help English-speaking students of French, but the stories also stand on their own and make excellent reading in either language.

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