Enter the world of William Guilfoyle: the intrepid ‘plant hunter’ responsible for the transformation of Melbourne’s Botanic Gardens into one of the world’s most spectacular botanical landscapes.
Part-time insomniac Fleur Anderson ponders the big questions: Why can't I sleep? Do politicians and other high-fliers ever admit they too are exhausted? Do they get enough sleep to make sensible decisions? Where is society heading, and why did I have that glass of cab sav?
This past weekend, six authors from the MUP stable headed to the stunning northern rivers of Byron Writers Festival for a weekend of curiosity, connection and robust intellectual tussles.
"The moment I realised my children were not just delightful, but that they had grown into excellent human beings." – James Jeffrey on his proudest moment as a father.
Judgements made of single people, particularly single women, are harsh. Here are some ways single women suffer the judgement of others about their relationship status, by Clare Payne, author of One.
Are letters a dying art, foresaken in the digital era? These are the stories and books that originated from letters, journals and diaries. With these books, we show authors who have been able to pull out stories out of letters, including beloved books such as Dear Quentin, The Secret Ingredient, The Forgotten Notebook and Christina Stead's volumes of letters.
"You don’t need to be a scientist to read the book; you just have to have an open mind." – Joëlle Gergis, author of Sunburnt Country, invites you to be part of the biggest cultural revolution taking place across the planet right now.
'Setting the table is one of those jobs I recall from my childhood that used to make me wince. I got it out of the way as quickly as I could and had a list in my head: placemats, plates, napkin, knife, fork, pudding spoon, glass, jug, salt and pepper.' – Chloe Shorten on her tradition of the family table.
Christina Stead’s letters, with their awkward Australian bones, their cosmopolitan sensibility and their ‘‘intelligent ferocity’’, cannot help but draw us in. Talking into the Typewriter is the second volume in the collection of her letters.
Here are ten pieces of very fine writing (in no particular order) that were Jonathan Green’s absolute highlights from his first year as Meanjin editor.