Monday, December 14, 2015

Book news & reviews from the Sydney Morning Herald

Malcolm Turnbull opens a new chapter on the PM's Literary Awards

Portrait of author Elizabeth Harrower at her house in Cremorne. JASON STEGER 12:15am Malcolm Turnbull will hand out tax-free prizes worth $600,000 at tonight's PM's Literary Awards ceremony.

Australian crime author teams up with James Patterson

Author Candice Fox will team up with James Patterson. Leonie Thorne 4:36am Candice Fox received over 200 rejection letters in the first decade of her crime writing career.

Honesty the best policy for Brisbane's 24-hour book shop

Yarran Jenkins uses an honesty payment system at his Bardon book shop, Logical Unsanity. CAMERON ATFIELD Anybody who has spent time in the country would be familiar with the honesty system of buying fresh produce.

From Bob Brown to recipes from asylum seekers and grieving the loss of a cat

Every Bite Takes You Home, eds. Gaye Weeden and Hayley Smorgon.
Thuy On The not-so-hidden agenda in Bob Brown's glorious panoramas is helping the wilds and wildlife of Australia.

Dictator by Robert Harris book review: Rome's fall retold in gory glory

Dictator by Robert Harris. Peter Craven If you're the kind of person who thrills at togas and legions and massacres, Dictator is going to be your chalice of poisoned wine.

Richie Benaud: the face of reassuring continuity as he fostered the new

Richie Benaud maintained a quiet but persistent enthusiasm for cricket, its characters and camaraderie. Daniel Herborn Two new collections flesh out Benaud's varied career.

Books that changed me: Nicole Trilivas

Author Nicole Trilivas.
Nicole Trilivas Elizabeth Gilbert taught me to get over myself and just write how I speak.

Tony Park heads to Namibia in An Empty Coast

Author Tony Park. KAREN HARDY After more than 20 years in Africa Tony Park is still surprised by the country he has adopted as his home. 

Book review: Cara Carissima, by Geoff Page; Lakeland, by Maureen O'Shaughnessy

Poet and writer Geoff Page. Reviewer: Peter Pierce By happy coincidence, two daring and experimental new narratives have recently been published.

Litbits December 12 2015

<i></i> RON CERABONA Literary news and events.

A year of reading wonderfully: What writers recommend for the holidays

Charlotte Wood. As the season of gift-giving and relaxing days for reading looms we asked various Australian writers which books had made their mark in the past year. 

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