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.
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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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David Garrioch reviews 'Europe: A Natural History' by Tim Flannery

David Garrioch

If the past is a foreign country, the distant past is a very foreign one indeed. Tim Flannery’s new book takes us deep into the prehistory of Europe. Climbing aboard the time machine tha More

Susan Wyndham reviews 'Shell' by Kristina Olsson

Susan Wyndham

The story of the Sydney Opera House is usually told as the heroic tragedy of its Danish architect, Jørn Utzon, who won the design competition for his breathtaking cluster of white sails b 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

'Recital', a new poem by Judith Bishop

Judith Bishop

Watching others love
        is something
many do, I guess –
not so much a pastime
        as a mode


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