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David Malouf: poet and storyteller, he is one of the world’s finest writers and the surest way to experience his rare art is to simply read all of his elegant, graceful work. Photograph: Michael Stuparyk / Toronto Star via Getty Images

Early in the morning of January 26th, 1788, Captain Arthur Phillips, of the First Fleet and skipper of HMS Supply, rowed into Sydney Cove, Port Jac(...)

Tim Winton: gliding between the formal and the colloquial. Photograph: Cyril Byrne

Even boy wonders need time. The Australian novelist Tim Winton decided early in life that he wanted to do two things: write books and be a policeman, (...)

A lone Irish writer features on one of the more interesting shortlists to have emerged in the often capricious history of the Man Booker Prize for Fic(...)