September 2016, issue no. 384

The highlight of the September issue is distinguished historian Alan Atkinson's searching and timely RAFT Fellowship essay on the Australian national conscience. Other highlights include Glyn Davis on Britain's Europe from birth to Brexit, Beejay Silcox's fly-on-the-wall account of a Donald Trump Rally, Bernadette Brennan on the works of Kim Scott, Simon Caterson on Brett Whiteley, Joy Damousi on the Armenian Genocide, and a poem from New Zealand's poet Laureate Bill Manhire. We review fiction by authors including Steven Amsterdam, Nick Earls, Tara June Winch, Howard Jacobson, and Anna Spargo-Ryan. Michael Shmith interviews Brett Dean for Green Room, and author Fiona Wright is our Open Page guest.

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'How do we live with ourselves? The Australian national conscience' by Alan Atkinson

Alan Atkinson

When Australian federation was being planned and its implications first worked through, various men and women with agendas of their own set themselves ...

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Patrick Allington reviews 'A Long Time Coming: Essays on old age' by Melanie Joosten

Patrick Allington

Melanie Joosten begins the introduction to A Long Time Coming, her book of essays about ageing, by quoting Simone de Beauvoir: 'let us recognise ourselves ...

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Shannon Burns reviews 'Dying in the First Person' by Nike Sulway

Shannon Burns

During boyhood, Samuel and his twin brother, Morgan, invent and in a sense inhabit a world and language called 'Nahum'. Years later – after a family tragedy ...

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Alexandra Mathew reviews 'Lonely City: Adventures in the art of being alone' by Olivia Laing

Alexandra Mathew

In her mid-thirties, British writer and critic Olivia Laing moved to New York City to live with her partner. When the relationship ended, Laing found herself alone ...

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