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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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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High Voltage: The Life of Angus Young – book review

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Books, Non-Fiction, Reviews |

Sometimes it’s a blessing to have access to the subject of a bio, especially a celebrity one. Other times, not so much. Stories can be rose tinted, the truth is twisted; they’re only human after all. There’s a lot to like about Jeff Apter’s take on Angus Young: High Voltage, even if he hasn’t had direct access to Young in his research. It’s the first bio

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Mid-century furniture is back, but which century?

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Books, News & Commentary, Non-Fiction |

Modernist furniture by designers such as Charles and Ray Eames, Gio Ponti and Grant Featherston are, well, so last century. Yesterday at the State Library of Victoria in Melbourne, historian, engineer, artist and writer Robert La Nauze reminded his audience at a launch of the book that the craze for ‘designer’ furniture was alive and well in the prior century.

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