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You’ll never guess the one shocking, devastating, vile habit I promise to quit this year

You’ll never guess the one shocking, devastating, vile habit I promise to quit this year

It’s not going to be easy. It’s going to be a daily struggle. Just yesterday I was sorely tempted.

  • by David Free

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What makes a pop star? Rethinking 60 years of music icons
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What makes a pop star? Rethinking 60 years of music icons

Kelefah Sanneh’s epic Major Labels starts with Dion and the Belmonts and ends circa Ed Sheeran, Beyonce and TikTok.

  • by Michael Dwyer
All hail Mel Brooks, the emperor of bad taste

All hail Mel Brooks, the emperor of bad taste

Mel Brooks’ memoir has the apt title of All About Me, and he has a lot of stories to tell.

  • by Shane Maloney
Hate poetry? This impressive book might just change your mind

Hate poetry? This impressive book might just change your mind

Sarah-Holland Batt will guide you through the thickets of contemporary Australian poetry.

  • by Geoff Page
‘A devastation, a provocation’: little wonder The Promise won the Booker Prize

‘A devastation, a provocation’: little wonder The Promise won the Booker Prize

Damon Galgut’s novel is a family story that embraces inheritance, land and implacable historical influences as South Africa lurches toward the end of apartheid.

  • by Helen Elliott
Compelling book shines spotlight on psychological impact of psoriasis

Compelling book shines spotlight on psychological impact of psoriasis

Sergio del Molino’s book about our physical covering is reflective, digressive and beautifully written.

  • by Phillipa McGuinness
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An ode to Britney Spears and a dazzling look at genius: books to read now

An ode to Britney Spears and a dazzling look at genius: books to read now

Book reviewers Lucy Sussex and Fiona Capp consider a mix of fiction and non-fiction releases. Here are their picks from the bunch.

  • by Lucy Sussex and Fiona Capp
The man who ushered the effects of trauma into modern literature

The man who ushered the effects of trauma into modern literature

In his remarkable, unclassifiable books W.G. Sebald was a harbinger of the concern with trauma that has since become ubiquitous.

  • by Owen Richardson
A century of jazz and cinema – and words to describe them

A century of jazz and cinema – and words to describe them

Words like “sax-crazed” and “cokehead” have been in our vocabulary for 100 years this year.

  • by David Astle
A Little Life author Hanya Yanagihara’s new novel is ambitious but unwieldy

A Little Life author Hanya Yanagihara’s new novel is ambitious but unwieldy

The novelist has followed up her astonishing second novel with a time-travelling account of three characters in different versions of the Big Apple.

  • by Jack Cameron Stanton
This time it’s a woman battling to save our future. And about time too

This time it’s a woman battling to save our future. And about time too

Inga Simpson’s post-apocalyptic novel takes a refreshingly different approach to the tired genre.

  • by Jessie Tu