October 2018, issue no. 405

Felicity Plunkett on Behrouz Boochani
Felicity Plunkett reviews Behrouz Boochani's memoir written from Manus Island, 'No Friend But The Mountains'.
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Tim Flannery on Bruno Latour
Tim Flannery reviews 'Down to Earth: Politics in the new climate regime' by Bruno Latour.
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Haruki Murakami's new novel
Cassandra Atherton reviews Haruki Murakami's new novel 'Killing Commendatore'.
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Susan Reid on Adani
Susan Reid reviews 'Adani and the War Over Coal' by Quentin Beresford and 'The Coal Truth' by David Ritter.
Gail Bell on Leigh Sales
Gail Bell reviews Leigh Sales new book trauma 'Any Ordinary Day'.
Peter Porter Poetry Prize now open
Deadline for our $8,500 prize is 3 December, 2018.

Libby Robin reviews 'Cane Toad Wars' by Rick Shine

Libby Robin

Cane Toads are peculiarly Australian. They don’t belong, yet they thrive here. They breed unnaturally fast – even faster than rabbits. They are ugly, ecosystem-changing, and despised. More

Paul Collins reviews 'The Fountain of Public Prosperity: Evangelical Christians in Australian History 1740–1914' by Stuart Piggin and Robert D. Linder

Paul Collins

Mythology, Manning Clark regularly assured us, was our ‘great comforter’ because it explained creation, evil, and our place in the world. According to Clark, three ‘mythologies’ we More

Robin Gerster reviews 'On War and Writing' by Samuel Hynes

Robin Gerster

'Every man thinks meanly of himself for not having been a soldier.’ Samuel Johnson’s aphorism was commended to me many years ago by Peter Ryan, then the long-serving publisher at Melbo More

Anna MacDonald reviews 'Beautiful Revolutionary' by Laura Elizabeth Woollett

Anna MacDonald

Laura Elizabeth Woollett’s novel Beautiful Revolutionary chronicles the decade leading up to the Jonestown massacre in Guyana when Jim Jones, founder of the Peoples Temple, orch More

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