Colleen McCullough: the Thorn Birds author and 'charmer' remembered Colleen McCullough:  the Thorn Birds author and 'charmer' remembered

The Australian writer knew she was good copy and was still squirrelling away non-fiction to be published ‘after I’m dead – it will be more fun that way’

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Neverhome by Laird Hunt review – ‘a brilliant and breathtaking blaze of a novel’ Neverhome by Laird Hunt review – ‘a brilliant and breathtaking blaze of a novel’

The American civil war is seen through the eyes of a female soldier in this upside-down OdysseyTowards the end of Neverhome, Ash Thompson, the novel’s protagonist, reflects on the accounts of the that will find their way into the history books. “In those stories,” Ash observes, “women are saints and angels and men are courageous noble folk, and everything they do gets done nice and quick...

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Colleen McCullough obituary Colleen McCullough obituary

Author of The Thorn Birds, the novel that sold 30m copies and inspired a TV seriesColleen McCullough, who has died aged 77, found international fame as the author of The Thorn Birds, a 600-page romance that became the bestselling Australian novel of all time, with sales of 30m in dozens of languages. Described by , it was the tale of the doomed love affair between a country girl, Meggie Cleary,...

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Writing a new Philip Marlowe: a question of dialogue, attitude and style Writing a new Philip Marlowe: a question of dialogue, attitude and style

Marlowe is one of the literary immortals, but after I was asked to write a new outing for him, I had to find a way to stay true to the character without falling into slavish imitationWhen it was first suggested to me, by my agent and the Raymond Chandler estate, that I might write a Philip Marlowe novel, I was distinctly chary of the idea. Marlowe is one of the immortals, up there with Don...

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The King’s Bed: Sex, Power and the Court of Charles II – review The King’s Bed: Sex, Power and the Court of Charles II – review

An account of the ‘sexual revolution’ under the merry monarch gorges on salacious gossipOn a winter’s day in 1668, stopped off at his bookseller, where his eye was caught by a French book called L’Ecole des Filles. This unlikely bestseller explained in graphic detail how “a young Man and a Maid can without any cost or trouble give one another the greatest pleasure imaginable”. It...

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‘The Sacrifice,’ by Joyce Carol Oates

In Joyce Carol Oates’s novel, a teenage girl is the alleged victim of a brutal rape.

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‘Only One Thing Can Save Us,’ by Thomas Geoghegan

How the labor movement could survive and thrive.

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Rod McKuen, poet and songwriter, dies Rod McKuen, poet and songwriter, dies

Bestselling American poet Rod McKuen, who was also the Grammy-winning songwriter of Seasons in the Sun and a double Oscars nominee, has died aged 81

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