Monday, February 22, 2016

Book news and reviews with the Sydney Morning Herald

Book reviews: Lost Girl; Zombies: A cultural history; Oneiros

ONEIROS. By Markus Heitz. Jo Fletcher. $19.99. Colin Steele Horror reviews by Colin Steele.


French author Muriel Barbery, away with the pixies

Author Muriel Barbery has managed to nurture the sensibility to magic she had as a child. Caroline Baum The French author exudes an otherworldliness that is reflected in her quirky novels and bucolic lifestyle.

French author Erik Orsenna speaks to Telopea Park School students

French writer Erik Orsenna visits Telopea Park School/Lycee Franco Australien to speak to students about writing, literacy and sustainability. Stephen Jeffery Award-winning novelist and former politician Erik Orsenna visited the school to discuss writing, careers and sustainability.

Kim Gamble, Tashi creator, dies at 63

Magical imagination ... Kim Gamble at work in his Manly studio in 2006. Jacqui Taffel The self-taught artist who created one of Australia's most iconic children's characters will be sadly missed.

Vale Umberto Eco, Italian philosopher, best-selling author and man of many talents

The late Italian philosopher and writer, Umberto Eco. MICHAEL LALLO Italian author and philosopher Umberto Eco, best known for his 1980 novel The Name of the Rose, has died aged 84.

Italian author Umberto Eco dies

Umberto Eco in Paris in 2007. The Name of the Rose author Umberto Eco has died, aged 84, the BBC has reported.

Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, dead at 89

Harper Lee, author of Pulitzer Prize-winning To Kill a Mockingbird, has died at the age of 89. Bill Trott Harper Lee, who wrote one of America's most enduring literary classics, To Kill a Mockingbird, about a child's view of right and wrong and waited 55 years to publish a second book with the same characters from a very different point of view, has died at the age of 89.

Strong men and women of the church feature in Servants and Leaders, Joy and Hope

Retired Bishop of Canberra and Goulburn Pat Power says openly what many fear to say. Robert Willson SERVANTS AND LEADERS: Eminent Christians in their Own Words. By Graham Downie. Halstead Press. 207pp. $28.95.

Book review: Hunger makes me a modern girl, by Carrie Brownstein

Hunger makes me a modern girl, by Carrie Brownstein. Stephen Saunders Hunger makes me a modern girl: a memoir

Book review: GRIFFITH REVIEW 51. Fixing the System

GRIFFITH REVIEW 51. Fixing the System. Alison Broinowski Vishaal Kishore accuses Australian public policymakers of intellectual timidity and urges a revolution in thought and action.

Book review: The Noise of Time, by Julian Barnes, imagines Shostakovich's life

Julian Barnes. Mark Thomas Julian Barnes' new novel meticulously, relentlessly and forensically seeks out fields of human frailty.

No way to ensure your writing lasts down the centuries

British author Nicholas Shakespeare: his family name reminded a beachgoer of fishing reels. Jane Sullivan Most writers' works lose their appeal, if not in the writers' lifetimes, then after death, something even more true in the digital era. 

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