October 2016, issue no. 385

Highlights of the October issue include Kate Burridge's assessment of the colourful, yet 'selfieless' new Australian National Dictionary and David Rolph on 'the most famous statutory provision in Australia' - section 18C of the Racial Discrimination Act. Other highlights include Catherine Noske on two books by Maxine Beneba Clarke, Dennis Altman on a new biography of Jack Mundey, Sue Kossew on J.M. Coetzee's new novel, Critic of the Month James McNamara on Dark Money, and David Smith on David Cay Johnston's three-decade pursuit of 'con artist' Donald Trump, as well as Nicholas Jose on Dorothy Hewett, a new short story from Cate Kennedy, and poems from Jill Jones, Stuart Cooke, and Poet of the Month Sarah Holland-Batt. We also review new fiction from Hannah Kent, Ann Patchett, Jock Serong, Rajith Savanadasa, and Michelle Wright.

Highlights from the current issue

Craig Billingham reviews 'The Rules of Backyard Cricket' by Jock Serong

Craig Billingham

Rain delays at sporting events are not reserved exclusively for reading Australian literature, which I think is a great shame. For example, in July 2016, Alex James, a cricket fan from ...


David Smith reviews 'The Making of Donald Trump' by David Cay Johnston

David Smith

This is an angry book. David Cay Johnston has been doing investigative reporting on Donald Trump's business practices for nearly three decades, and this book is a compilation of ...


Philip Harvey reviews 'The List of the Last Remaining' by Louise Nicholas, 'How to Proceed: Essays' by Andrew Sant, and 'Rupture: Poems 2012-2015' by Susan Varga

Philip Harvey

Poetry as the solidifying of memory, poetry as a survivor's sanguine amusement, takes a lifetime. Louise Nicholas relates autobiography through strongly considered moments ...


'Window' by Cate Kennedy

Cate Kennedy

Alex is watching his wife as she stands at the pale stone bench and raises her canister of Chinese herbal tonic to her shoulder to give it a quick shake. She gives him a game, faintly ...


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