• Lives of girls and women

    Manina Jones     |      May 23, 2024

    Alice Munro, who has died at the age of 92, was one of the world’s most beloved writers of tender, insightful short stories, a Nobel Prize winner, and a Canadian national treasure.

  • Only the astronauts

    Tony Hughes-d'Aeth     |      May 16, 2024

    Adrift in outer space, a motley crew of human-made objects tell their tales, making real history a little sweeter and stranger, in the new collection of short stories by Ceridwen Dovey.

  • In praise of Paul Auster

    Paul Giles     |      May 5, 2024

    The passing of Brooklyn novelist Paul Auster, who burst onto the literary scene with his ‘New York Trilogy’ in 1987, will sadden lovers of fine writing around the world.

  • Happiness without freedom, or freedom without happiness

    Sheila Fitzpatrick     |      March 16, 2024

    This year is the centenary of Russian writer Yevgeny Zamyatin’s dystopian novel We – a major influence on George Orwell’s dystopia 1984 and a seminal work of science fiction.

  • Come and get it

    Jodi McAlister     |      February 25, 2024

    A fresh and intimate portrait of desire, consumption and reckless abandon, Kiley Reid’s second novel “Come and Get It” is a tension-filled story about money, indiscretion, and bad behavior.

  • In praise of Walter Benjamin

    Jamie Roberts     |      January 14, 2024

    Though he died by his own hand over 80 years ago, the works of German-Jewish intellectual Walter Benjamin still offer vivid insights into our modern age.

  • Crime spree

    Barbara Pezzotti     |      December 28, 2023

    Crime fiction remains one of the most popular genres in literature, so here are five novels by writers from Italy, Japan, Israel, New Zealand and Finland to check out over the holidays.

  • The morning star

    Alexander Howard     |      December 21, 2023

    Much of the art – and art criticism – of today is a vapid exercise in politically correct posturing rather than an imaginative exploration of the human condition, but the success of Karl Ove Knausgaard’s challenging works shows the public’s hunger for something more.

  • Swallows on Amazon

    Julian Novitz     |      December 14, 2023

    “Critic Swallows Book” collects 22 diverse essays from the long form, online only Sydney Review of Books to celebrate its ten-year anniversary.

  • The Conversation’s best books of 2023

    Open Forum     |      December 5, 2023

    The Conversation asked 20 of its regular contributors to nominate their favourite books of the year. Their choices were diverse, intriguing and sometimes surprising.

  • The great Australian novel

    Nicholas Jose     |      December 1, 2023

    The newly published Cambridge History of the Australian Novel considers the role of Australian fiction at home and abroad, its perspectives on the nation’s history and the ever changing landscape of writing, publishing and reading.

  • Face to face

    Tyne Daile Sumner     |      November 8, 2023

    New research looks at how the human face is represented in writing from the medieval to contemporary eras, revealing how we have interpreted human emotion over the centuries.