November 2018, issue no. 406

Laura Tingle on Australian politics
Paul Strangio reviews Laura Tingle's new Quarterly Essay 'Follow the Leader'.
Beejay Silcox on misery literature
In her new Fellowship essay, Beejay Silcox looks at trauma voyeurism in fiction and misery literature.
Apply for the 2019 ABR Patrons' Fellowship
The Fellowship is worth $10,000 and closes on 10 December 2018.
Clare Wright's women of Australia
Maggie MacKellar reviews Clare Wright's 'You Daughters of Freedom', a history of Australia's prominent women.
Clementine Ford's new book
Astrid Edwards reviews Clementine Ford's 'Boys Will Be Boys'.
Arts Highlights of the Year
We asked twenty-nine critics to nominate their personal favourite moments across the arts.
Calibre Essay Prize now open
We welcome essays of all kinds.
Gillian Triggs's new memoir
Jane Cadzow reviews Gillian Triggs's new memoir 'Speaking Up'.
Anshel Pfeffer on Benjamin Netanyahu
Louise Adler reviews Anshel Pfeffer's new biography of President of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu.
Peter Porter Poetry Prize now open
Deadline for our $8,500 prize is 3 December, 2018.
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Shaun Crowe reviews 'Rusted Off: Why country Australia is fed up' by Gabrielle Chan

Shaun Crowe

I have only been to Harden-Murrumburrah once, the small town where journalist Gabrielle Chan moved in 1996, leaving the Canberra press gallery to live on a farm with her husband. It was on More

Brenda Niall reviews 'Upstate' by James Wood

Brenda Niall

Forget the author – it’s the book that matters. That’s sound advice, but there are times when it is hard to follow. James Wood’s Upstate is a testing case. A quietly refle More

Tali Lavi reviews 'A Second Chance: The making of Yiddish Melbourne' by Margaret Taft and Andrew Markus

Tali Lavi

In my childhood home, Yiddish prompted a frisson of the suppressed. This was a direct consequence of adults speaking it whenever they did not want us children to understand. Yiddish was th More

Paul Kildea reviews 'Debussy: A painter in sound' by Stephen Walsh

Paul Kildea

Chopin is the greatest of them all,’ Claude Debussy told his pupil Marguerite Long, ‘for through the piano alone he discovered everything.’ This ‘everything’ had a long shadow More

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