Books & Talks

George Haddad: Losing Face

By Christine Lai George Haddad is an Australian writer practising on Gadigal land whose work explores the limitations of language and masculinity. His latest novel, “Losing Face” is riddled with intergenerational tensions centred around a Lebanese-Australian family living in Western Sydney. The novel came about from his doctoral studies at Western Sydney University where he […]

Review: Ned Manning’s Painting the Light

By Swagatalakshmi Roychowdury Set in the backdrop of World War II, Painting The Light by Ned Manning is a story of love between two lost people and love for their country. An extraordinary tale of love and loss, this novel sheds light upon the unfolding political drama and the Australian landscape of the twentieth century. […]

Excerpts From Jason Om’s Memoir: All Mixed Up

This is an extract from Jason Om’s memoir All Mixed Up, published by ABC Books and available now at all good bookstores and online. Dad’s outpouring of feelings was a stunning revelation to me because I’d believed his tear ducts were non-functional. Then I remembered the one time I’d seen a few sniffles. In 1996, Dad and I […]

Hannah Kent: ‘To accept yourself as a queer person requires radical self-love’

By Christine Lai Finding novel ideas in ‘intuitive tugs’ while grappling with questions on people from the historical past, Hannah Kent’s latest book Devotion, is a queer love story that explores longing and desire based on the migration of Old Lutherans from Hamburg to South Australia in the 19th Century. Growing up, Kent turned to […]

2022 Sydney Writers’ Festival Comes To A Close

BY JARROD WOLHUTER The Sydney Writers' Festival officially ended on Sunday evening after a huge week featuring 400 writers exploring all kinds of exciting ideas and fascinating topics; both fiction and non-fiction. The theme, Change My Mind, conceptualised by Artistic Director, Michael Williams, “is an invitation, a challenge and a promise of intent. Because uncertain times – a world divided […]

Author Johann Hari Joins Sydney Writer’s Festival Lineup

By Jarrod Wolhuter. Johann Hari is an author on fire and he’s featuring as one of many outstanding writer at this year’s Sydney Writer’s Festival. Hari has been pivotal in changing the narrative on addiction, anxiety and depression in the 21st century. His past two books, Chasing The Scream: The First and Last Days of […]

New Figures Show More Women’s Writers Than Ever Have Had Books Reviewed

BY RENEE LOU DALLOW Each year the Stella Count surveys the extent of gender bias in the field of book reviews in Australia. According to the 2020 Stella Count 55% of the books reviewed in Australian publications were by women. These reviews included newspaper articles, journals and memoirs for papers such as The Sydney Morning […]

Inner West Author Jack Ellis Releases New Book

By Renee Lou Dallow Jack Ellis is a writer with two novels under his belt. His first, The Best Feeling Of All, deals with girls growing up through various stages of their  lives. It explores their friendships and new relationships as they traverse their worlds both together and separately. Ellis’s latest novel, Home And Other […]

Esteemed chef Yotam Ottolenghi to give one day only show in Sydney 

BY LUCINDA GARBUTT-YOUNG World-renowned chef Yotam Ottolenghi will speak at Sydney ICC this month to share experiences as a restaurateur and food writer.  The Flavour Of Life tour, which will see Ottolenghi visit eight Australian cities with cooking tips and vegetarian joys, was originally about his eighth book, Flavour. But the Israeli-born chef explained the […]

Josh Pyke signing kids books this weekend

Acclaimed Aussie singer-songwriter and children’s book author Josh Pyke will visit Harry Hartog Bookseller at Marrickville Metro for an extra special storytime this Saturday! The award-winning musician and father-of-two will be delighting the little ones in-store with readings of his exciting new picture books, Chatterpuss and Chatterpuss 2, followed by a book signing. A master of imaginative turns of […]