September 2018, issue no. 404

Calibre Essay Prize now open
We welcome essays of all kinds.
Atticus: Harper Lee's classic character
In our Review of the Month: Clare Corbould reviews Joseph Crespino's 'biography' of Atticus Finch.
Peter Porter Poetry Prize now open
Deadline for our $8,500 prize is 3 December, 2018.
Leader of the Pack
Gideon Haigh reviews 'Reporter: A Memoir' by journalist Seymour Hersh.
An Open Letter on the ABC
ABR shares many Australians’ concerns about the health and viability of the ABC. The threats are myriad and sustained.
'Man Out of Time'
Johanna Leggatt reviews Stephanie Bishop's new novel 'Man Out of Time'

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'Her Mother’s Daughter: A memoir' by Nadia Wheatley

Kerryn Goldsworthy

When John Norman Wheatley met Nina Watkin in Germany in 1946, he would have regarded her as a lesser being on all fronts: woman to his man, forty to his forty-eight, Australian to his Engl More

Ali Alizadeh reviews 'Reading Marx' by Slavoj Žižek, Frank Ruda, and Agon Hamza

Ali Alizadeh

According to one of Karl Marx’s most quoted formulations, history always repeats itself twice, first as tragedy, then as farce. One may see the famous – and, of course, infamous – ni More

Anthony Lynch reviews 'The True Colour of the Sea' by Robert Drewe

Anthony Lynch

Robert Drewe’s first short story collection, the widely acclaimed The Bodysurfers (1983), opens with a story of the Lang family – children Annie, David, and Max, taken by their recently widowed father for More

Lyndon Megarrity reviews 'We’ll Show the World: Expo 88' by Jackie Ryan

Lyndon Megarrity

Born in 1825, Brisbane is an elderly lady who has been to a surprising number of ‘coming of age’ balls. Numerous historians, officials, speechmakers, and journalists for several decade More

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