Book news and reviews with the Sydney Morning Herald
JASON STEGER 12:15am Fitzroy: The Biography is a series of poetic portraits of people, events and places associated with the suburb. There are familiar Fitzroy identities such as the gangster Squizzy Taylor, lesser-known characters such as Ellen Fincham,and there are the famous visitors to the suburb such as Bob Dylan or Muhammad Ali.
Dr Libby Weaver is a nutritional biochemist in New Zealand and Australia. She is the author of bestsellers including Accidentally Overweight, Rushing Woman's Syndrome and her new book, Why Are You So Tired?
Ross Southernwood Australian crewmen joined the Confederate raider Shenandoah in Melbourne and were involved in the last actions of the Civil War.
Thuy On The best new releases for both adults and children.
Kerryn Goldsworthy PICK OF THE WEEK
Reviewer: Colin Steele Colin Steele delves into the world of fantasy.
KAREN HARDY Working with a young Vietnamese-Australian girl inspired the author's latest novel.
Peter Craven Jay Parini portrays the great writer Gore Vidal primarily as a narcissist and suggests that much of what he insinuated about himself was untruth at worst and myth-making at best.
Owen Richardson The scene is Cairo after the war. A handsome drifter – ex-infantry, ex-Texas oil – wakes up in a bordello with his pockets empty and no idea how he got there.
Fiona Capp Short reviews of non-fiction by Sophie Hardcastle, Robin Renwick, Mark Butler and the letters to Peter Greste
Gerard Windsor How self-analytical can a serving politician be? Christopher Pyne says he wants to reveal at least his professional self to his children; they deserve an explanation from such an absent father.
Charles Purcell A drug agent savages a Mexican narcotics kingpin's network in this new thriller from Don Winslow.
Paul Biegler Singer's book aims unapologetically at women but her message is universal.
Jane Sullivan In the past, publishers have often been reluctant to release short-form writing, except perhaps for books of poetry. But haven't some of the greatest classics been on the short side?
JASON STEGER Richard Flanagan misses out in Tasmania and the odds on the Booker and Nobel.
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