The political agenda of the bookshop at Bristol airport

16 September 2017 9:00 am

The army patrols at Nice airport go around three abreast, steely-eyed, fingers on the trigger. They walk slowly and scrutinise…

Dear Mary: unacceptable behaviour at a book signing

18 July 2015 9:00 am

Q. At a recent literary festival I attended a talk with a high-profile octogenarian writer. I had already bought her…

Karl Miller called me his ‘great white hope’. I failed him, of course

11 October 2014 9:00 am

As I think I said in this column the other week, I used to sneak into English lectures at University…

Is New York ready for Cydney the spaniel (and her Facebook friends)?

11 October 2014 9:00 am

As the maître d’ ushered me into the packed restaurant, I leaned in close and intoned softly, so as not…

The call of the wild

19 February 2011 12:00 am

Annie Proulx (pronounced ‘Pru’) began her writing career — quite late, in her fifties — as E.A. Proulx, to baffle misogynist editors; then she was E. Annie Proulx, until she dropped the E and became simply Annie the Proulx.

And now the good news

22 January 2011 12:00 am

Anh Do, the stand-up comedian, came to Australia as a young boy with his parents in 1980.