Mike Carlton shares his favourite historic naval novel, the disgusting meal he learned about while writing The Scrap Iron Flotilla and more.
When Garry Linnell stumbled across the grisly story of Frederick Deeming, he knew it was the one he wanted to tell.
Port Arthur convicts turned to cannibalism in an attempt to survive in the harsh Australian bush.
Sue Smethurst on five of the remarkable images she discovered while researching the story of her grandmother-in-law.
Garry Linnell reveals how a childhood fascination led to his exploration of the life, and love, of an oft-forgotten bushranger.
Jacqueline Kent on the inspiration behind her book about an extraordinary woman, Vida.
Advocate for women's rights, campaigner for peace and genuine trailblazer for equality.
Nick Bryant reveals the unlikely start-point of Donald Trump’s first ‘semi-serious’ presidential bid.
In July we explored racism, identity, education and love in James Baldwin’s searing essay collection Dark Days.
Challenge your reading group to consider the biggest questions of our times.
Geoffrey Robertson ponders the rights of nations to hoard the cultural identifiers of others.
Advancement of women doctors: one of very few unexpected silver-linings of war.
Audacity reigned supreme for some skilled Australian infantrymen on the Western Front.
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Like a lot of people whose lives come to sticky or ignominious ends, Dick Ellis’s time on Earth was ruined by the butterfly effect.
Magpies warbled in the gum trees as we walked up the path to Nana Alicja’s ground-floor flat in the upper-crust Melbourne suburb of Toorak.
It was 2100 hours, with night drawn in.