December 2018, issue no. 407
Welcome to the December issue of ABR!
Books of the Year
34 critics and authors, including Michelle de Kretser, Fiona Wright, Beejay Silcox, Gregory Day, and Gideon Haigh, nominate their favourite books of 2018.
Review of the Month
Glyn Davis on David Marr’s new collection of speeches, essays,
and stories, My Country.
Les Murray as maverick angel
Peter Goldsworthy lauds the Collected Poems of Les Murray.
Germaine Greer and Anne Summers
Zora Simic on a Germaine Greer biography by Elizabeth Kleinhenz and Anne Summers’ new memoir Unfettered and Alive.
The ARC controversy
Professor Joy Damousi on the controversial vetoing of eleven ARC grants, and brief statements from a further thirteen academics.
David Malouf's new poetry
Judith Bishop on David Malouf’s new collection, An Open Book.
A tribute to Dorothy Porter
Andrea Goldsmith’s moving tribute to her late partner and
Australian poet Dorothy Porter.
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• Susan Reid looks at Adani and the coal industry’s influence on Australian politics
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• Cassandra Atherton on Haruki Murakami’s new novel
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