Paul’s book goes behind enemy lines

A book about Australian guerrillas who operated behind enemy lines in Borneo during World War II will be launched next week by its author, former Canberra political journalist Paul Malone.

Boyd’s journey through diplomacy’s ‘sexist dark age’

A timely new book by pioneering diplomat Sue Boyd lifts the veil on one of Australia’s most male-dominated professions, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Mum’s the word and the world to author Jenni

ANNIE Gidman was a survivor, says her daughter Jenni McMullan, who’s written her mum’s biography “A Good Girl… Seldom” from recordings made before she died.

When Irma fell in love with elephants

Canberra writer Irma Gold's newly-published debut novel “The Breaking” is largely set in the Thai elephant rehabilitation camps of Chiang Mai, Surin and Kanchanaburi. 

Outside-the-box author wins top sci-fi prize

NICK OVERALL meets Gillian Polack, the author of weird and wonderful fiction that’s been praised for not just for being outside the box, but far, far away from it all together.

The good, bad and ugly of how food is made

“IS tofu processed?” was the irritating question that inspired first-time author Ayla Marika to find out. 

Author Jack thrives on bringing out the ‘horrible’

“WHAT’S the most horrible character I can come up with, but have the audience still like him?” NICK OVERALL interviews author Jack Heath.

Wilson confirmed as Writers Centre CEO

The ACT Writers Centre has appointed arts and writing advocate, Meg Wilson, to the role of CEO.

Fantasy and banditry to the fore in writers’ awards

A humurous fantasy novel about a “slightly OCD princess” and a Javanese journey with a bunch of “bandit saints” are among the winners in the 2020 ACT Writers Awards, it was announced virtually this week, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Swifty the greyhound gets into the library

THERE was good news for Canberra publicist and author Marilyn Chalkley at the launch of her new children’s book, “Swifty the Greyhound: Where Is My Pie?”

Swifty’s personality leaps onto the page

Publicist Marilyn Chalkley's new children's book about her cheeky rescue greyhound, Swifty, will help raise funds for the charity Greyhound Connections.

Review / Bonynge book unveils two operatic lives

BILL STEPHENS reviews the book 'Chalet Monet – Inside the home of Dame Joan Sutherland and Richard Bonynge', about the couple's fairytale Lake Geneva home.

Page wins $10,000 ACU poetry prize – again

Canberra's Geoff Page is the 2020 winner of the Australian Catholic University Prize for Poetry for his poem “Jericho”, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Hugh’s deep dive into discovering the inner self

“WHO am I, really?” asks social researcher and psychologist Hugh Mackay, in his latest book “The Inner Self”. 

Kids’ history book opens up Southeast Asia

An illustrated 46-page history of Southeast Asia aimed at young people has been published by HarperCollins, and it’s done the rounds as far afield as Dili, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Anni shares the stories that make the art scene tick 

Anni Doyle Wawrzyńczak’a journey to the publication of her book has been full of love, heartbreak and a mighty amount of research, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

‘Compelling’ book tells Fredrikson’s extraordinary story

The result is a compelling, meticulously researched, and very readable, account of Fredrikson’s career, and a fascinating insight into the inspiration and process which drove this extraordinarily creative individual, writes reviewer BILL STEPHENS of the book "Kristian Fredrikson Designer".

Dr Karen mines goldfield stories for good fiction

Historian Dr Karen Downing has been using new methods to search the National Library’s Trove database to find a vast archive of more than 21,000 short stories that had been published in Australian newspapers from 1803 to 1955, reports KATHRYN VUKOVLJAK.

Hart’s had fun with clones in ‘Canberra’

Local filmmaker-actor-academic Ian Hart has turned from stage and screen to books with his young adult novel “Ben: The Boy From Nowhere”, writes arts editor HELEN MUSA.

Burgess shares stories of an adventurous little ship

THERE’S something counterintuitive about a book on an Antarctic ship named “Wyatt Earp” coming out of landlocked Canberra, but when author Trish Burgess explains...

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