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Enough of the politics, I want more fiction at writers festivals

I have a love/hate relationship with politics. I love that we have a stable form of politics in Australia, even though sometimes it can get a little heated and it…

Book review: The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton

Do you know those timeline cleanse you that sometimes pop up on social media? When you're scrolling through opinion after opinion and suddenly a photograph of a puppy, a cute…

I find a prizewinning book harder to put down … does that make me a literary snob?

It is prize season in the Australian book industry, with Jennifer Down's Bodies of Light winning the Miles Franklin award and The Age announcing its Book of the Year shortlist.…

Why Sally Rooney’s latest left me a bit cold … and old

It’s hard to resist Sally Rooney’s books of youthful love, lust and friendship. Somehow, the 31-year-old writer perfectly captures a point in time when emotions are big and raw and…

Book review: Phosphorescence by Julia Baird

I usually steer well clear of self-help or emotional wellbeing-type books, but this one was given to me by a friend so I ended up flicking through it. I did…

Book review: A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles

During one of Victoria’s many lockdowns, A Gentleman in Moscow provided a vision of a different kind of lockdown. And it was refreshing to read about a man dealing with…

Book review: The Mirror and the Light by Hilary Mantel

This was a long read to start the year, but a great one. The third in the Thomas Cromwell series was quite the tome, beginning after the death of Anne…

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