Island of the damned

Fate will conspire with history to curse the pallid sack of human hide stretched over a bone-cage of ragged ambition and entitlement that is Australia’s Prime Minister, Malcolm Turnbull. But first it will mock him, for daring to visit that memorial to an earlier generation of doomed refugees at the very moment he was conniving to doom another generation. Not simply by turning them away, but by fixing them in a place of his choosing where they can come to nothing but their end.

The Quiet Catastrophe: The Reinvention Of Book Publishing

In spite of the mergers and lay-offs and the high-profile disputes with Amazon, the publishing industry is growing — just not in the way it used to. Author John Birmingham reflects on why he made the-switch to self-publishing.