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On the fear of poetry - and the bounty we are denying our children
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On the fear of poetry - and the bounty we are denying our children

Rather than treating poetry as optional added extra at school, it should be central to the subject of English.

  • by Gabrielle Carey

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‘Wine helps’: Top crime writers share their secrets for a bestseller

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What to read: ‘Bizarre’ animal tours and why you should walk in winter

What to read: ‘Bizarre’ animal tours and why you should walk in winter

Of Marsupials and Men and 52 Ways to Walk lead our wrap of new book reviews.

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Reds versus whites brings four years of horror to Russia

The Russian Revolution unleashed a period of civil war distinguished by its ferocity and terror.

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Yassmin Abdel-Magied reckons with her psychic wounds in new essays

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The Australian writer quit the country after concerted attacks on her views. Now she reflects on that and other matters in Talking About a Revolution.

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Yearning from afar for a broken country

Yearning from afar for a broken country

Zaheda Ghani’s novel is about the emotional pull a homeland holds over refugees.

  • by Vanessa Francesca
From prison to Prisoner: the heartbreaking life of a girl sent mad

From prison to Prisoner: the heartbreaking life of a girl sent mad

More than 20 years after she died, Sandra Willson’s memoir of her long imprisonment has been published.

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Author of Where the Crawdads Sing wanted for questioning over murder in Zambia

In a plot twist no one saw coming, award-winning author Delia Owens is currently wanted for questioning over a 1995 murder case.

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Final martinis to farewell literary giant Frank Moorhouse

Final martinis to farewell literary giant Frank Moorhouse

The State Library hosted last drinks on Wednesday in honour of author Frank Moorhouse, who died last month aged 83.

  • by Helen Pitt
Cinema’s big mystery: Who killed the man who made the first ever film?

Cinema’s big mystery: Who killed the man who made the first ever film?

Paul Fischer’s book investigates the mysterious death of film pioneer Louis Le Prince.

  • by Tom Ryan