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Home wins Orange Prize, praise and prattle

Marilynne Robinson’s Home has just been awarded the Orange Prize for Literature. It is however well worth having a squiz at the announcement over at the Guardian Books website as the response to the news raises some interesting questions about whether the awarding of special prizes for women writers adds much needed focus and attention […]

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The Accidental Guerilla by David Kilcullen

The Accidental Guerrilla by David Kilcullen

Former Australia army officer, anthropologist and all-round sharp mind David Kilcullen is an interesting fellow. Bestride the worlds of government, military and academia and equally at home in each, he is one of the world’s foremost experts on counter-insurgency, was a rare dissenting voice within the 2nd Bush administration, one of the architects of The […]

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Art Without Borders by Ben-Ami Scharfstein

Another delve into ABC Radio National’s Late Night Live archives, this time for a fairly heavyweight talk with author and distinguished philosopher Ben-Ami Scharfstein about his latest book “Art Without Borders: A Philosophical Exploration of Art and Humanity“. One of the most engaging things about this elightening interview is how pleasingly lively this 90 year […]

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The Book Thief by Markus Zusak

Picked as a rank outsider dark-horse not least because it had nothing to do with our stated aims of either classics or science fiction, the next book you will be reading is The Book Thief by Markus Zusak. According to our good friends at wikipedia, Markus Zusak is the son of an Austrian father (who […]

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Book For June

At the last meeting there was some general enthusiasm for “a classic” book, one of the great big meaty greats of literature. But when we knuckled down to it, no one really fancied anything massively dense. The choices boiled down to two plus NC’s enthusiastic contribution below. So fellow semiliterati, your choices are: George Orwell’s […]

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Arnold Zable on the wonders of Story-Telling

Arnold Zable, in his career as a writer, journalist, novelist, essayist, educator, advocate and globe-trotter, and in his life as an author and human being, has always been passionate about the human story. Arnold has carefully listened to and faithfully retold countless stories from a full spectrum of humanity: friends, family, survivors, asylum seekers, refugees, journeymen […]

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