September 2016, issue no. 384

The highlight of the September issue is distinguished historian Alan Atkinson's searching and timely RAFT Fellowship essay on the Australian national conscience. Other highlights include Glyn Davis on Britain's Europe from birth to Brexit, Beejay Silcox's fly-on-the-wall account of a Donald Trump Rally, Bernadette Brennan on the works of Kim Scott, Simon Caterson on Brett Whiteley, Joy Damousi on the Armenian Genocide, and a poem from New Zealand's poet Laureate Bill Manhire. We review fiction by authors including Steven Amsterdam, Nick Earls, Tara June Winch, Howard Jacobson, and Anna Spargo-Ryan. Michael Shmith interviews Brett Dean for Green Room, and author Fiona Wright is our Open Page guest.

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Barnaby Smith reviews 'The Bricks That Built Houses' by Kate Tempest

Barnaby Smith

Kate Tempest's début is the expansion of a story she threaded through her 2014 album of protest hip-hop, Everybody Down. In its transformation to novel form ...

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Simon Caterson reviews 'Brett Whiteley: Art, life and the other thing' by Ashleigh Wilson

Simon Caterson

Notwithstanding the fact that he died alone in a hotel room following a heroin overdose at the age of fifty-three, Brett Whiteley led what for an Australian artist ...

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Robert Aldrich reviews 'Liberty or Death: The French Revolution' by Peter McPhee

Robert Aldrich

The French Revolution never ceases to fascinate. Marie-Antoinette and Robespierre, the storming of the Bastille and the 'Marseillaise', the Terror and its guillotine ...

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Peter Acton reviews 'Money Changes Everything: How finance made civilization possible' by William N. Goetzmann

Peter Acton

Given the damage done to the global economy by the finance industry this century, and the apparent determination of its major players to keep on doing it, this would ...

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