Trump and the future of the US-Australia alliance

Books, Non-Fiction |

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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Book extract: ‘The Ice Cream Makers’ by Ernest van der Kwast

Fiction |

The Rotterdam-based writer Ernest van der Kwast’s breakthrough novel was Mama Tandoori, a bestseller in the Netherlands and Italy. Then came Giovanna’s Navel, and now his latest novel is The Ice-Cream Makers, set in northern Italy. In the tradition of feel-good novels combining food and romantic locales we might fantasise about living in, The Ice-Cream Makers is

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Famous Five get a jolly good millennial makeover

Books, Fiction |

Here’s a much-loved book series and some fabulous new editions you didn’t know you needed – until now. Enid Blyton’s Famous Five get an adult makeover with: Five Go Gluten Free, Five on Brexit Island, Five Go Parenting, Five Go On A Strategy Away Day and Five Give Up The Booze. These new satirical takes on the ‘Five’ are

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Labor set to announce support for book industry with parallel import policy

Books, News & Commentary |

After a year of intense debate over a proposed plan to remove Parallel Import Restrictions (PIRs) for the Australian book industry, Labor will today announce its position on PIRs. In a letter yesterday to President of the Australian Publishers Association Louise Adler, Federal Labor Leader Bill Shorten said that Labor will not support the government in

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

Books, News & Commentary, Non-Fiction |

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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