The best new books released in August as selected by avid readers and critics

The best new books released in August as selected by avid readers and critics

Welcome to ABC Arts’ monthly book column. Each month, we present a shortlist of new releases read and recommended by The Bookshelf’s Kate Evans and The Book Show’s Claire Nichols and Sarah L’Estrange — alongside freelance writers and book reviewers. This month, we’re sharing recommendations from Declan Fry. All four read voraciously and widely, and the … Read more

From Tim Winton to Michael Robotham and Sarah Krasnostein, celebrated writers share their favourite re-reads

From Tim Winton to Michael Robotham and Sarah Krasnostein, celebrated writers share their favourite re-reads

Why re-read a book? For some, it’s the subtle pleasure of unearthing new meaning in a familiar sentence; for others the joy of a beloved character’s company or the prospect of returning to a landscape you can only ever visit in your imagination. It’s comfort and discovery. Writers re-read for much the same reasons but also … Read more

The best new books released in July as selected by avid readers and critics

The best new books released in July as selected by avid readers and critics

Welcome to ABC Arts’ monthly book column. Each month, we’ll present a shortlist of new releases read and recommended by The Bookshelf’s Kate Evans and The Book Show’s Claire Nichols and Sarah L’Estrange — alongside freelance writers and book reviewers. This month, we’re sharing recommendations from Declan Fry. All four read voraciously and widely, and … Read more

Sorry Mr Darcy. Persuasion is Jane Austen’s best book. Here’s why

Sorry Mr Darcy. Persuasion is Jane Austen’s best book. Here’s why

Fans of Jane Austen tend to be smug. They can quote the opening line of Pride and Prejudice as proof of their devotion. They’ve analysed Emma’s every move and misstep. They compare every man they meet to Mr Darcy (and privately find each of them utterly wanting). They own at least one empire-waist dress. Austen’s … Read more

The best books released in June – from historical fiction to memoir and poetry

The best books released in June – from historical fiction to memoir and poetry

Welcome to ABC Arts’ monthly book column. Each month, we’ll present a shortlist of new releases read and recommended by The Bookshelf’s Kate Evans and The Book Show’s Claire Nichols and Sarah L’Estrange — alongside freelance writers and book reviewers. This month, we’re thrilled to present recommendations from Declan Fry. All four read voraciously and … Read more

How a Poet Writes a Novel

How a Poet Writes a Novel

Margaret Atwood came to fiction by way of poetry, as did Michael Ondaatje and Wole Soyinka. In their novels, as in those of the Japanese writer Mieko Kawakami, who wrote songs and poems before turning to fiction, the attention to sensory experience is particularly keen, concise, and meaningful. Kawakami doesn’t just assemble a tactile detail … Read more