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Danielle Wood, 'Mothers Grimm'

The front cover may warn “Happy endings not guaranteed,” but the cover design also makes Mothers Grimm seem much more saccharine than it is. In f...

Matthew Hurst and guests, 'The Casual Cyclist's Guid...

Did you know that in 1896 there was a debate among Melbourne high society types about whether to call female bike riders cyclists or cycladies (who sound lik...

Oyster's 20th Anniversary 'Down Under' Issue

Is there a chic version of a Southern Cross tattoo? Australian fashion mag Oyster celebrates the land of waiting for a mate in their latest 'Down Under&#...

Ian McEwan, ‘The Children Act’

Just weeks after Helen Garner pulled a meditative book out of a long and troubling court case, Ian McEwan’s latest novel yields another unadorned examination...

Simon Hanselmann, 'Megahex'

Simon Hanselmann was supposed to be all dolled up like last time we visited his apartment but he'd slept through his alarm and was still apparently pantl...

Raph Rashid, 'Hungry For That'

Oh life's classic catch-22: Either you're money-poor, scrabbling around in your pockets for the dollar you swear you didn't spend so you can buy ...

Miriam Toews, 'All My Puny Sorrows'

All My Puny Sorrows gets described as heartbreaking. In parts it can be crushing. Two sisters are faced with the question: what do you do when someone you lo...

Helen Garner, 'This House of Grief'

It's by no means enjoyable, reading about a father on trial for murdering his three children. But in the hands of Helen Garner, it's meaningful and i...

Oasis

Oasis, the third print publication by independent Melbourne-based publishing house Bloom, contains a lot of familiar Australian images. But they're far r...

Melbourne Writers Festival competition

Melbourne Writers Festival is fast approaching and there's a holy-hell line-up of writers, editors and researchers speaking this year. Among them, David ...

Ronnie Scott, 'Salad Days'

Have you ever bought saffron? I bet you have. That shit's expensive, man (apparently it takes anything from 70,000 to 250,000 tediously-picked flowers to...

Katherine Faw Morris, 'Young God'

In the opening pages of Young God, thirteen-year-old Nikki jumps off a cliff into a pool of water then watches her Mum die attempting the same feat. By the s...

The Young Ones

New bi-annual design magazine The Young Ones is a publication by artists, about artists, for artists. It's sorta like how The Design Files started out bu...

Andrew McMillen, 'Talking Smack: Honest Conversation...

Fourteen musical artists talking about drugs? That premise alone will appeal to some and not so much to others, but journalist Andrew McMillen uses it to jum...

Smith Henderson, 'Fourth of July Creek'

Smith Henderson is a true American name, as is his debut novel, Fourth of July Creek, which is set at the end of the Carter administration in a remote and im...

Minicomic Of The Month Club 2014-15

Anyone who's been following cartooning and its place in popular culture over the past twenty or so years would probably rather staple their own eyelids s...

Liam Pieper, 'The Feel Good Hit of The Year'

There's something hugely reassuring about a stranger's misfortune. Like, sure, adolescence was lonely, but few of us ever had to ride a pushbike to a...

Nic Low, 'Arms Race'

What begins as merely a mischievous streak turns into something deeper, darker, and more oblique in Nic Low's debut collection of stories. The Melbourne-...

Hysteria Mag #4

Recently I was listening to a podcast with pro skater Alex Olson (with whom I am minor league obsessed), where he commented that young skateboarders today do...

Death Is Not the End: The Art of Alexander Heir

Alexander Heir is more than just a ‘punk artist’. The Brooklyn illustrator is also a silk screener, musician and clothing brand owner. But he’s best known fo...

Bite Me Magazine, 'The Butt Issue'

Katrina Tran, Jason Schlabach and a slew of contributors bring you the first edition of Bite Me, a sleek publication focused on exploring a singular theme th...

'The Plant' issue 6

Opening with a photo essay of Japan's annual cherry blossoms, the sixth issue of The Plant immediately establishes itself as no Better Homes & Garden...

Rebecca Lee, 'Bobcat and Other Stories'

With just one novel behind her (2007's The City is a Rising Tide), Rebecca Lee makes an enormous impression with her new collection of stories. No less t...

The YOLO Pages

“I wish this was printed on edible paper” - Gordon Ramsay. “If you don't read this book you're going to Hell” - God. These tw...

Chris Flynn, 'The Glass Kingdom'

When a would-be Aussie rapper with the dubious tag Mekong Delta suddenly drops us into his unique, slang-riddled perspective halfway through The Glass Kingdo...

Justin Heazlewood interviews Justin Heazlewood

Justin Heazlewood (aka. Melbourne meme-maker of doom) has just written a new book called Funemployed about being funemployed (ie. working as a freelance crea...

Filmme Fatales issue #4

Some would argue that reality television has heralded further obfuscation of 'reality', while others would say the genre is just part of a long histo...

Ned Beauman, 'Glow'

Not yet 30 years old, Ned Beauman has earned stacks of awards and accolades for his first two novels alone. His third, Glow, should only burnish his reputati...