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Today, Elsewhere

For St John, words were about keeping the darkness at bay. Trinca treats this aspect of the life with great acuity. Lucy Sussex on Helen Trinca’s Madeleine: A Life of Madeleine St John in the Sydney Review of Books.

Stephen King was right. Books are ‘portable magic’. And everyone loves magic. 30 things to say to a book snob.

But why is meeting an author in person accompanied by so much enthusiasm? Perhaps it’s because readers realize that by enjoying a particular novel, they are, in essence, enjoying a writer’s mental space. On meeting your favourite author.