December 2017, issue no. 397

2017 Books of the Year
We invited nearly forty contributors to nominate their favourite titles
'Picnic at Hanging Rock' fifty years on
Marguerite Johnson's Gender Fellowship essay on Joan Lindsay's 1967 novel [$]
'Only fitfully insightful'
Richard Walsh reviews 'Wednesdays with Bob' by Bob Hawke and Derek Rielly [$]
'Absorbed by his own struggles'
Read Kevin Foster's review of Peter Greste's new memoir, 'The First Casualty' (free)
'Victory for equality'
by Peter Rose
'Mr King'
Frank Bongiorno reviews 'The Dismissal Dossier: Everything you were never meant to know about November 1975' by Jenny Hocking [$]
'A major musical statement' ★★★★
Des Cowley reviews 'Travelling Tales', the third installment in the 'Usefulness of Art' series by Adam Simmons
'... a useless cultural object' (half a star)
Lauren Carroll Harris reviews 'Wonder Wheel' (Entertainment One) for ABR Arts
' a coup for Fremantle Arts Centre'
Francesca Sasnaitis reviews 'In Cahoots: artists collaborate across Country' for ABR Arts
'... a vexing film' ★★1/2
Dilan Gunawardana reviews 'The Disaster Artist' (Roadshow Films) for ABR Arts
'Vivid and kaleidoscopic'
Sophie Knezic reviews four exhibitions from NGV Australia's 2017-18 Summer Program

Welcome to the December issue! Highlights include:

Highlights from the current issue

Gemma Betros reviews 'Flaubert in the Ruins of Paris: The story of a friendship, a novel, and a terrible year' by Peter Brooks

Gemma Betros

As we approach the end of what might be considered another pretty terrible year, it’s worth being reminded that every age has its tribulations ...


Shaun Crowe reviews 'Please Explain: The rise, fall and rise again of Pauline Hanson' by Anna Broinowksi and 'Rogue Nation: Dispatches from Australia’s populist uprisings and outsider politics' by Royce Kurmelovs

Shaun Crowe

More than any other political party in Australia, One Nation represents a puzzle for commentators. When trying to explain its support – which has hovered around ten per cent since its re More

Felicity Plunkett reviews 'Demi-Gods' by Eliza Robertson

Felicity Plunkett

In the preface to Demi-Gods, a boy burns moths with a magnifying glass. A girl – the novel’s narrator, Willa – watches ‘khaki wings’ that seem to be ‘folded from More

Anna MacDonald reviews 'Half Wild' by Pip Smith

Anna MacDonald

In this inventive début novel, Pip Smith recounts the multiple lives of Eugenia Falleni, the ‘man-woman’ who in 1920, as Harry Crawford, was convicted of murdering his first wife, Ann More

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