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Meshel Laurie’s Buddhism for the unbelievably busy

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Radio and television personality Meshel Laurie is also a practising Buddhist. In her new book Buddhism for the unbelievably busy (Black Inc.), she explores how applying some basic Buddhist tenets can help how to juggle the demands of work, children, ageing parents – and in this chapter below – how to stop craving for consumables you don’t really need. *** I’M

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Curing Affluenza by Richard Denniss book review

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Books, Reviews |

Those who would like to see less money spent on stuff that’s thrown away, and more spent on education, health and creativity, need to get better at making friends and influencing people. No point in getting angry and shouting, economist Richard Denniss seems to say. His cheerful, pleasant, informative approach will give hope and encouragement

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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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