Monday, September 28, 2015
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?
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
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?