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Book review: Critical Care by Clive Parkinson

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It seems that every high street bookseller has shelves straining under the weight of 21st century doctrines for self-improvement — on how to be happy, think positively and achieve a state of wellbeing, whatever that is. This is a burgeoning industry which has crept into our consciousness over the last few years, epitomised by colouring

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Alice Pung writes about John Marsden

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Books, News & Commentary |

The Writers on Writers series, published by Black Inc, is a series of short essays in which acclaimed authors celebrate their favourite writers. Alice Pung, the writer of Unpolished Gem, Her Father’s Daughter and Laurinda writes about John Marsden, the author of famed Young Adult novels including the Tomorrow, When the War Began series. *** Dear John, The

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Gabriella Coslovich on writing the Brett Whiteley forgery trial

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Books, News & Commentary, Non-Fiction |

Gabriella Coslovich, a former Age arts journalist, tells Daily Review about writing Whiteley on Trial, her new book that follows the twists and turns of Australia’s biggest case of alleged art fraud. A jury had found two men guilty of faking major works by the late Brett Whiteley, but this year an appeal bench sensationally acquitted the pair and

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How (Not) To: Pierre Bayard’s non-participatory approach to getting more out of life

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Books, News & Commentary, Non-Fiction |

Sometimes the best advice tells us to go against conventional wisdom. Pierre Bayard, for one, seems to think that not doing certain things widely assumed to be good for us might be the best way to achieve something truly meaningful, or at least satisfying, in life. Bayard is a Paris-based literature professor and psychoanalyst. He

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National Young Writers’ Festival shines a light on young queer talent

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Books, Fiction, News & Commentary, Non-Fiction |

The National Young Writers’ Festival is entering its 20th year, with the festival giving a designated platform to LGBTIQ writers in its 2017 program. Between September 28 and October 1, artists from around the country will arrive in Newcastle to participate in over 80 events including panels, roundtables, workshops and debates. October 1 will play host

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