December 2017, issue no. 397

2017 Books of the Year
We invited nearly forty contributors to nominate their favourite titles
'Picnic at Hanging Rock' fifty years on
Marguerite Johnson's Gender Fellowship essay on Joan Lindsay's 1967 novel [$]
'Only fitfully insightful'
Richard Walsh reviews 'Wednesdays with Bob' by Bob Hawke and Derek Rielly [$]
'Absorbed by his own struggles'
Read Kevin Foster's review of Peter Greste's new memoir, 'The First Casualty' (free)
'Victory for equality'
by Peter Rose
'Mr King'
Frank Bongiorno reviews 'The Dismissal Dossier: Everything you were never meant to know about November 1975' by Jenny Hocking [$]
'A major musical statement' ★★★★
Des Cowley reviews 'Travelling Tales', the third installment in the 'Usefulness of Art' series by Adam Simmons
'... a useless cultural object' (half a star)
Lauren Carroll Harris reviews 'Wonder Wheel' (Entertainment One) for ABR Arts
' a coup for Fremantle Arts Centre'
Francesca Sasnaitis reviews 'In Cahoots: artists collaborate across Country' for ABR Arts
'... a vexing film' ★★1/2
Dilan Gunawardana reviews 'The Disaster Artist' (Roadshow Films) for ABR Arts
'Vivid and kaleidoscopic'
Sophie Knezic reviews four exhibitions from NGV Australia's 2017-18 Summer Program

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Highlights from the current issue

James McNamara reviews 'How Not To Be A Boy' by Robert Webb and 'This Is Going To Hurt: Secret diaries of a junior doctor' by Adam Kay

James McNamara

The literary world too often disdains comedy writing as unserious. It rarely features in our grander prizes, and is usually relegated to literature’s cheap seats. This is, of course, sil More

Barry Reynolds reviews 'Bad to Worse' by Robert Edeson

Barry Reynolds

You can’t help but smile while reading Robert Edeson’s Bad to Worse, his second book featuring Richard Worse, polymath, conversationalist, fighter, and resident of Perth. The mirt More

Ilana Snyder reviews 'All The Rivers' by Dorit Rabinyan, translated by Jessica Cohen

Ilana Snyder

In December 2015, Israel’s Ministry of Education banned Dorit Rabinyan’s prize-winning novel All the Rivers from the high school curriculum on the grounds that the s More

Gregory Day reviews 'The Best Australian Poems 2017' edited by Sarah Holland-Batt

Gregory Day

When W.H. Auden took the cue for his poem ‘Musée des Beaux Arts’ from Brueghel’s Fall of Icarus, he did not presume the reader’s knowledge of the iconography of the More

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