If schools taught kids to read things apart from DVD covers ...
"There are three certainties about Australian fiction today: fewer books are being published, sales are falling and shelf-lives are shorter. Is the literary novel dying down under? Rosemary Neill investigates
"According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics, sales of Australian fiction fell from $125million in 2001-02 to $73 million in 2003-04.
"In telling admissions, two literary heavyweights interviewed for this story - Literature Board head John Emery and novelist Andrew McGahan - both reveal that they read more nonfiction than fiction. When asked whether he thinks Australian fiction is in crisis, McGahan says he can't comment because he hasn't read enough."
Dips me lid to Baz 'Zola' le Tuff.
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