September 2019, issue no. 414

Welcome to the September issue of ABR!
Highlights include:

Read the 2019 Jolley Prize shortlist
'The Point-Blank Murder' by Sonja Dechian
'Miracle Windows' by Raaza Jamshed
'Rubble Boy' by Morgan Nunan

'Contradictions in the 2019 federal election'
Dennis Altman unpacks what happened in the 2019 federal election

Two new books on rape and domestic abuse
Zora Simic on See What You Made Me Do by Jess Hill and Rape by Mithu Sanyal

Andrew McGahan's posthumous novel
James Bradley on The Rich Man's House, McGahan's final novel

Claire G. Coleman's new novel
Poet Alison Whittaker on Coleman's The Old Lie

Hugh White's new book
Chengxin Pan on How To Defend Australia by Hugh White


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