10 Australian literary scandals

The Australian book world has long been enlivened with scams and misdemeanours.
A stylised image of Pinocchio, his nose extended as he lies.

The multiple plagiarism accusations first unearthed by Guardian Australia that have plagued John Hughes and his latest novel, The Dogs, causing the book to be withdrawn from the longlist of this year’s Miles Franklin awards, have left the literary community agog.

But Hughes’ carelessness with crediting other writers’ words (or his deliberate intertextual referencing) is just the latest of many scandals in the publishing world.

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Thuy On is Reviews Editor of ArtsHub and an arts journalist, critic and poet who’s written for a range of publications including The Guardian, The Saturday Paper, Sydney Review of Books, The Australian, The Age/SMH and Australian Book Review. She's the outgoing books editor of The Big issue. Her first book, a collection of poetry called Turbulence, came out in 2020 and was published by University of Western Australia Press (UWAP). Her next collection, Decadence, was published in July 2022, also by UWAP. Twitter: @thuy_on