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BooksPlus is the one-stop destination for bibliophiles, a digest of the week’s best interviews about books and writing across RN.

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BooksPlus - 2017-07-16

July 16th, 2017

David Sedaris began keeping a diary while a drug-taking college drop out in North Carolina, hoping it would make him into a writer. Excerpts from his early diaries have just been released in Theft by Finding: Diaries Volume One. We leave the earth, or at least we prepare for a long space journey in Meg Howrey's The Wanderers and we meet a witch...

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BooksPlus - 2017-07-09

July 9th, 2017

Lisa McInerney's new novel The Blood Miracles is full of Hibernian sweariness and is tough gritty and funny. Magabala Books turns 30 and a book that is famous in Brazil but perhaps not in Australia, The Hour of the Star by Clarice Lispector.

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BooksPlus - 2017-07-02

July 2nd, 2017

A teenage girl called Skye and her slightly odd little brother Ben are more grown up than the adults around them in Anna Spargo- Ryan's The Gulf and we're off to the doctor in Wayne Macauley's Some Tests. Find out what short story made a mark on Margo Lanagan and why Buffy The Vampire Slayer inspires Chris Brookmyre; plus ever changing, ever...

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BooksPlus - 2017-06-25

June 25th, 2017

Today in a special Sydney Writers Festival event a poet, a stolen child and civil war. And yet there’s nothing poetic about the real story behind Caroline Brothers novel, The Memory Stones, set in the aftermath of Argentina’s so-called ‘Dirty War’. People were murdered, babies were stolen and adopted by members of the regime, and many other...