W.H. Chong’s favourite books of 2016: art, SFF, classics

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

What were we reading in 2016? Artist and book cover designer extraordinaire W.H. Chong shares his favourites from the year, throwing a few revisited classics in for good measure. ART The Art of Rivalry by Sebastian Smee. Subtitled “Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art” — how four pairs of exceedingly famous artists influenced

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Trump and the future of the US-Australia alliance

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Australia has long been a reliable ally of the United States. But has it become too reliable? That’s one of the key questions posed by historian, James Curran, in Fighting with America, a Lowy Institute Paper: Penguin Special. Curran is Professor of History at the University of Sydney and a Research Associate at the United States

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Adam Liaw on Japanese food in the Zen kitchen – a ‘manual for living’

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If you’ve seen cook Adam Liaw on television then you’d know he’s not your usual television chef. He’s not one of the tanned, shouty ones spruiking chain store produce. In his Destination Flavour travel/cooking series on SBS as with his television beginnings as the winner of the 2010 Masterchef,  Liaw presents as an unusual television ‘personality’ because

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‘Whispering Jack’ Turns 30 and still the biggest selling Oz album ever

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Jeff Apter, the author of a biography about performer John Farnham, Playing to Win, (published by Nero) tells the story of how Farnham’s album Whispering Jack is still the highest selling Australian album of all time with 1.7 million sales since its release almost 30 years ago. *** John Farnham’s iconic Whispering Jack album may now be enjoying a 30th anniversary, but it was

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