What the papers are saying today about books

“The women who led us so magnificently into our own modernist age in Australian literature are lost to time,” argues Natascha Robinson in The Australian. And this means that fine authors like Eleanor Dark, Stella Miles Franklin, Katherine Prichard and Rosa Praed are under-appreciated, if known at all. Read the full article.

Steve Romei argues that Peter Carey “under appreciated” Amnesia may be Australia’s best hope for the upcoming Man Booker Prize long list. And he’s got some tips on who else might be there.

A shadow across his family history was the inspiration for Louis de Bernieres‘  latest novel The Dust that Falls From Dreams (published by Harvill Secker. Read Jason Steger’s full review.

Books are unfamiliar waters for digital pirates according to a new survey Alison Flood writes,  with book piracy at half the rate of copyright theft in film and music. But everyone needs to stay vigilant.

Kerryn Goldsworthy writing about The Last Will and Testament of Henry Hoffman by John Tesarsch (Affirm Press) says “Tesarsch isn’t a particularly “literary” writer when it comes to style, so at the level of language this is a realist novel and a plain tale, occasionally descending towards cliche. … But the characters are intriguing and convincing, and the skilful structure and pacing of the story, with its tragedies and secrets large and small, will keep many readers awake for half the night with the reading light on.” Read the full review.


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