Books & Publishing


Beautiful Boy
May 24th, 2008

A companion piece to his son Nic’s memoir Tweak, Beautiful Boy is David Sheff’s story of dealing with a son going through crystal meth addiction. From feeling partly responsible to watching his son’s life crumble, Sheff’s account is more measured and literary.

Bernard Beckett
March 7th, 2011

Even though Beckett’s last three novels are his most popular in Australia (he’s published seven so far), he also reveals that he’s not consciously trying to avoid labels, but they actually fit together in a way


Tempt the Devil
December 1st, 2008

More actress than whore, she does everything men dream of but feels nothing for them but disgust and fear. Her next lover, the virile Earl of Erith, is London’s most notorious rake. He vows to release the passion she hides and in return she demands from him the future she’s always believed was her birthright.

Bambi vs Godzilla
September 21st, 2008

What a shame then that Mamet is more in love with big, florid turns of phrase than in communicating plainly. A sample; ‘it is the goal of the dramatist to involve the audience in the working out of a hermetic syllogism’.


A Successful Transformation
July 1st, 2007

With such a stellar line-up and a huge spike in attendance numbers, festival director Were and her army of staff and volunteers did something right for the 2007 festival. The 2008 line-up will undoubtedly be another crucial date for your calendar…

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?






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March 1st, 2009

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March 21st, 2011

The Decisive Moment We tend to view brain states (right/left, reason/emotion) as warring factions, but ...
April 12th, 2009

Being thrifty Every time there's an economic downturn there'll be some (older) relative to ...
April 18th, 2011

Arabian Plights Anyone can tell you the Middle East is a political quagmire. What ...
March 1st, 2009

Best iPhone Apps With the iPhone juggernaut well and truly having conquered Australia, guide books ...
November 1st, 2009


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