Books & Publishing


In Good Company
February 1st, 2007

I didn’t know how you went about getting a publisher so I did some research on the Internet in about 1996 or 1997. Almost all the Internet was American at that stage so I kind of picked up how to get published in the US by accident.

77 Shadow Street
September 17th, 2012

Everything about the plot is nearly invisible under the thickest blanket of florid word-love you’ve ever seen in a mainstream horror thriller. At times paragraphs or a page or more has passed before you realise Koontz has said little to advance the story, using his characters as expositionary stand-ins to dispense vast swaths of wisdom or homily


The Porn Report
June 15th, 2008

Far from a fringe, pornography is (according to the book) consumed by over a third of Australians. There’s little else a third of our adult population has in common apart from working and raising kids, which makes understanding the economic and social impacts of porn quite important.

‘Noble savage’ idea rebuffed
April 6th, 2013

But Australia and the United States both have histories of genocide against traditional people. Just 30 years ago Cambodia killed off a quarter of it’s professional population. The fact is [the potential] lies close to the surface in all of us.


The Brain that Changes Itself
April 20th, 2008

With neurons and synapses forging new connections and strengthening or discarding old ones, the brain is like the grand staircase in the Harry Potter films, constantly reshifting structure on a microscopic scale. Is it so hard to imagine those changes affecting the macroscopic scale?

The big green picture
January 3rd, 2011

That’s where Here On Earth comes in. It’s not another vitriolic tract browbeating us about how selfish and exploitative we’ve been in our race for success as a species. But as well as the disastrous effect we’ve had, Flannery also writes about the possibilities for change our spectacular technological and scientific advances offer.






The Conflict French philosopher Elisabeth Badinter thinks society's expectations on mothers are as unrealistic ...
March 19th, 2012

An Enterprising Industry Getting the book from the publisher to your shelves is no easy ...
April 1st, 2007

Bambi vs Godzilla Film fans will be looking forward to reading this tome from one ...
September 21st, 2008

Never lost for words The dictionary. It seems one of those institutions of authority that's not ...
December 17th, 2014

Unspeak A UK Guardian reporter, Steven Poole laments the way language been re-engineered ...
September 1st, 2006

Publishers take shortcut to get profits back online Last March The West reported on a new initiative by publishers HarperCollins ...
June 6th, 2012


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