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
'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
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
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
The literary magazine, 'Meanjin' reflects the breadth of contemporary thinking and writing through essays, interviews, memoir, fiction, poetry and visual art.
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.
The second revision in sixty years, this sublime collection ranges over the verse, stories, essays, and journalism of one of the twentieth centurys most quotable authors.
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
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
"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
This is the third volume of the acclaimed "Paris Review Interviews", described by Gary Shteyngart as a 'colossal literary event'.Since "The Paris Review" was founded in 1953, it has given us invaluable conversations with the greatest writers of our age, vivid self-portraits that are themselves works of finely-crafted literatu... read more
In The Best Australian Stories 2010 , Cate Kennedy selects the year's most exciting short fiction. Featuring established masters alongside fresh new voices, this diverse collection is a perfect companion for summer and an ideal introduction to Australia's best contemporary fiction writing. Previous contributors include Kate G... read more
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
"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 ... read more
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
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
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
'The weekend her father left -- left the house, the town, the country, everything, packing so lightly I believed he would come back -- he said 'You can raise Nickie by yourself. You'll be good at it. And I had said, 'Are you on crack?' And he replied, continuing to fold a blue twill jacket, "Yes, a little." --Lorrie Moore 'He... read more