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We’ve all heard about not judging a book by its cover, but what about its odour? Researchers in the UK have developed a ‘historic book odour wheel’ to catalogue a collection of unique book aromas – from chocolately to ‘farmlike’.

Writers Victoria is hosting Own Voices Matter in Ballarat next week. The forum explores storytelling’s capacity to build cohesion and social inclusion for people with disability.

‘Ken said that school is one of the few places – perhaps the only place – where we’ll find people who are interested in what we have to say. He’s sort of a pessimist that way.’ For forty years, humorist and master-of-observation David Sedaris has documented life around him. Finally, extracts from the diaries behind the essays are about to be published. Read an extract from Sedaris’s forthcoming book Theft by Finding.

And congratulations to Heather Rose, whose novel The Museum of Modern Love has won the Stella Prize for 2017. Here, she explains what it took to get there.