Michael Wolff releasing sequel to Fire and Fury


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Siege: Trump under Fire will contain more inside stories on the Trump administration

Michael Wolff, whose book Fire and Fury lifted the lid on the Trump administration last year, is releasing a sequel in three weeks’ time.

Siege: Trump under Fire will be released on 4 June, publishers Henry Holt and Company announced on Wednesday.

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Miles Franklin award 2017 longlist reveals ‘depth and strength of Australian writing’


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Nine authors in line for $60,000 prize, with books covering themes such as assisted suicide, murder, retirement and desire The nine authors in contention for Australia’s richest literary award, the Miles Franklin, have been announced. The writers in line for the $60,000 cash prize were whittled down from 64 entries and hail from all around the country including New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and Western Australia, with one Australian author now settled in San Francisco. Continue reading...

Leading authors join protest march against cuts to cultural services


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Children’s laureate Chris Riddell and major unions rally in Trafalgar Square to oppose closure of libraries, galleries and museums Authors, librarians and gallery staff joined thousands of campaigners on a protest march against widespread cuts to cultural services. The children’s laureate, Chris Riddell, and the former children’s laureate Michael Rosen, who has been a vocal critic of government cuts, were among those who massed outside the British Library in London on Saturday before marching to a rally in Trafalgar Square. Continue reading...

Anne Frank foundation fights plans to publish diary online on 1 January


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Seventy years after Anne’s death, an academic and a French MP say the diary is public domain, despite objections from foundation set up by Otto Frank An academic and a French MP have said they will go ahead with plans to publish the diary of Anne Frank online on Friday, despite the organisation holding publication rights threatening legal action.
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‘St Kilda schoolgirl’ Kim Duthie loses case to ban Ricky Nixon’s tell-all book


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Former AFL player’s rep’s book My Side can be published in hard copy only after Duthie given temporary injunction saying some of the book defamed her

The controversial former AFL player agent Ricky Nixon will be able to publish his book that allegedly includes references to the 17-year-old girl he had a relationship with, despite her bid to stop him writing about her.

Kim Duthie, now 22, obtained a temporary injunction from the Victorian supreme court to prevent Nixon, 52, publishing his tell-all book, My Side, last week, claiming some of the book’s contents lied about and defamed her.

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Svetlana Alexievich wins 2015 Nobel prize in literature


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The chair of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius, said her work was a ‘monument to suffering in our time’

Belarusian journalist Svetlana Alexievich has been awarded the 2015 Nobel prize in literature.

The chair of the Swedish Academy, Sara Danius, said her work was a “monument to suffering and courage in our time”.

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Best-selling true crime writer Ann Rule, author of 33 books, dies at age 83


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Rule became famous with her novel The Stranger Beside Me, about working the late shift at a suicide hotline with notorious serial killer Ted Bundy

The true crime writer Ann Rule has died at age 83. The author of 33 books, Rule shot to fame with her debut, The Stranger Beside Me, which detailed her time working on the late shift at a suicide hotline service in her adopted hometown, Seattle, with colleague Ted Bundy.

Bundy would turn out to be one of the most notorious serial killers of all time, a necrophile who confessed to 30 murders committed between 1974 and 1978 and may have been responsible for many more.

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