January–February 2018, issue no. 398

'A visceral reminder of all the waste and carnage.' (★★★1/2)
Harry Windsor reviews 'The Post' (Entertainment One) for ABR Arts
'An Oscar-worthy incarnation' (★★★★)
Brian McFarlane reviews 'Darkest Hour' (Universal Pictures) for ABR Arts.
2017 Publisher Picks
To complement our 2017 ‘Books of the Year’, we invited several senior publishers to nominate their favourite books – all published by other companies. (free)
'He was the story'
Michael Winkler reviews 'Tracker: Stories of Tracker Tilmouth' by Alexis Wright [$]
'A wicked pleasure to read'
Susan Wyndham reviews 'The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983–1992' by Tina Brown [$]
'An indispensable guide to the world today'
Barbara Keys reviews 'The Cold War: A world history' by Odd Arne Westad [$]
'Clever, amusing, radiant'
Lisa Gorton reviews 'Dunbar' by Edward St Aubyn (free)
A Half-Open Door
David McCooey reviews 'David Malouf and the Poetic: His earlier writings' by Yvonne Smith [$]
'Never short of an opinion'
Peter Goldsworthy reviews 'Miłosz: A biography by Andrzej Franaszek, edited and translated by Aleksandra Parker and Michael Parker [$]

Lucas Thompson reviews 'Mirror Sydney' by Vanessa Berry

Lucas Thompson

Cities are essentially palimpsests, layered with overlapping lives, structures, and stories. Constantly in flux, each city is a sprawling and unwieldy text that is continually being rewrit More

Brian McFarlane reviews 'Anthony Powell: Dancing to the music of time' by Hilary Spurling

Brian McFarlane

Readers of this review are warned that they are in the presence of an addict. Having read Anthony Powell’s monumental twelve-volume Dance to the Music of Time three times, I had More

Susan Wyndham reviews 'The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983–1992' by Tina Brown

Susan Wyndham

Tina Brown hit the ground partying in New York when she arrived in 1983 to revive the struggling Condé Nast magazine Vanity Fair. But an early diary entry shows the former .. More

Rachel Robertson reviews 'The Best Australian Stories 2017' edited by Maxine Beneba Clarke

Rachel Robertson

In her Introduction to The Best Australian Stories 2017, Maxine Beneba Clarke describes how the best short fiction leaves readers with ‘a haunting: a deep shifting of self, prec More

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