Even the State Librarian, Alex Byrne, was unprepared for the fierce love that drove almost 10,000 people to sign a petition protesting against changes to the historic Mitchell Library.
Following her partner's heart attack, Doris Brett shares her heartfelt experiences of being his frontline supporter in negotiating everyday life and in dealing with the medical establishment.
Lollie Barr is an Australian freelance journalist and novelist. She grew up in Sydney and lives in Berlin. Her second novel, The Adventures of Stunt Boy & His Amazing Wonder Dog Blindfold, is published by Pan Macmillan.
B.J. Novak is probably best known for his role as Ryan Howard, who started off as a temp in the paper supply company, Dunder Mifflin, in the American TV series The Office. The character rose through the ranks to management before suffering a downfall. Novak is also a writer, director and executive producer, with degrees in English and Spanish literature.
Disclosure: I am not a fan of Alexander McCall Smith's No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency TV series - it's too silly for words - so imagine my surprise to read his latest attempt at fiction and enjoy it. The Forever Girl is about love, a tough subject at the best of times, tacky at the worst, but the author has a unique way of writing that circumvents both problems. He zips through heartache and melancholy as if he's having a relaxed gossipy chat over the garden fence.
On the shelf this week: Storyteller, Kat Jumps the Shark, The Duck and the Darklings and more.
The Police (the band, not the force) introduced me to Lolita as a teenager, when Sting name-checked Nabokov in Don't Stand so Close to Me. I have no idea how I got my hands on it at 14, as the subject matter was very much adult material. The book made me aware that literature could be dark, provocative, yet profound.
The storms (literal and emotional) which David Vann confronts are remarkably recalled and deeply scary to boot.
Life is complicated - but that is what gives it frisson for this traveller, translator and writer.
Two new accounts of the struggle against the Putin regime chronicle dissidents fighting for a future in a present still dominated by the brutal past.
Premier Barry O'Farrell has resigned after being caught out lying to a corruption inquiry over a $3000 bottle ...