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hit the road, jack: 5 epic literary road trips that are not by kerouac

Hit the road, Jack: 5 epic literary road trips that are not by Kerouac

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 Picture: Unsplash/Juan Di Nella Summer is the time for holidays and travel. But as we weakly wave goodbye (we hope) to the horrors of 2020, international travel is off the table and even domestic travel...
ancient stories and enduring spirit: loving country reminds us of the wonders right under our noses

Ancient stories and enduring spirit: Loving Country reminds us of the wonders right under...

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Albany on the south coast of Western Australia, just under five hours’ drive from Perth. Photographer: © Vicky Shukuroglou taken from Loving Country Review: Loving Country by Bruce Pascoe and Vicky Shukuroglou (Hardie Grant Travel) Travelling...
in our own voices: 5 australian books about living with disability

In our own voices: 5 Australian books about living with disability

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Picture: Shuttlestock Fiction and non-fiction works about disability and Deafness are often hampered by stereotypical representations. A disability is frequently presented as something to “overcome”, or used to characterise someone (ever notice all those...
10 ‘lost’ australian literary treasures you should read – and can soon borrow from any library

10 ‘lost’ Australian literary treasures you should read – and can soon borrow from...

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Picture:Perfecto Capucine/Unsplash Many culturally important books by Australian authors are out of print, hard to find as secondhand copies, and confined to the physical shelves of a limited number of libraries. Effectively, they have...
sunday essay: alice pung — how reading changed my life

Sunday essay: Alice Pung — how reading changed my life

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Annie Spratt/Unsplash Having survived starvation and been spared execution, my father arrived in this new country, vassal-eyed and sunken-cheeked. I was born less than a month later and he named me Alice because he...
review: richard flanagan’s the living sea of waking dreams considers griefs big and small

Review: Richard Flanagan’s The Living Sea of Waking Dreams considers griefs big and small

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Eddie Coghlan/Unsplash Review: Richard Flanagan, The Living Sea of Waking Dreams (Penguin Random House, 2020) The Living Sea of Waking Dreams, Richard Flanagan’s eighth novel, is one of a slew of novels one expects to...
paul kelly biography traces his journey but not his work with young artists today

Paul Kelly biography traces his journey but not his work with young artists today

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Picture: David Moir/AAP Review: Paul Kelly: The Man, the Music and Life in Between (Hatchette) Stuart Coupe’s new biography of Paul Kelly takes many known elements of Kelly’s story and rouses them again. Paul Kelly: The...
fiction, fact and hillary clinton: an american politics expert reads rodham

Fiction, fact and Hillary Clinton: an American politics expert reads Rodham

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Picture: Library of Congress Curtis Sittenfeld has a knack of putting her readers in uncomfortable places in her fiction. In her short story Gender Studies she puts you in the middle of a hotel tryst between...
the last dance

The Last Dance

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Slingshot back to time when the main things on a young mans mind were, Surf, Sun, Shielas and Sounds As members of the Baby Boomer generation start to move into the "older generation" more and...
with wit and tenderness, miles franklin winner melissa lucashenko writes back to the ‘whiteman’s world’

With wit and tenderness, Miles Franklin winner Melissa Lucashenko writes back to the ‘whiteman’s...

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Melissa Lucashenko, winner of the 2019 Miles Franklin Award. Courtesy of the Miles Franklin/ Belinda Rolland Too Much Lip joins the other prizewinning volumes in Melissa Lucashenko’s trophy cabinet. Her first-ever novel, Steam Pigs (1997),...