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'

Open Page with Ryan O'Neill

Australian Book Review

ABR: 'What, if anything, impedes your writing?'
RO: 'The act of writing impedes my writing. The books I write in my head are perfect. Unfortunately, translating them onto the page ruins them.'

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Joan Fleming reviews 'Look at the Lake' by Kevin Brophy

Joan Fleming

Kevin Brophy’s latest book is a record of the year he spent living in the remote Aboriginal community of Mulan. The community is home to predominantly Walmajarri people, and is on the ed More

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

Gerard Windsor reviews 'Absolute Power: How the pope became the most influential man in the world' by Paul Collins

Gerard Windsor

For more than thirty years, Paul Collins has been His Holiness’s loyal opposition. Absolute Power is the latest round in his spirited debate with the Vatican, the government which has the largest constituen More

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