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 [$]
'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
'... 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
The ABR Podcast: Greg Sestero
Dilan Gunawardana interviews the co-star of 'The Room', the best/worst film of all time
'Bravi tutti!' ★★★★
Michael Halliwell reviews 'Coronation of Poppea' (Pinchgut Opera) for ABR Arts
'... a wonderfully original creation' ★★★★★
Read Susan Lever's review of 'Muriel's Wedding: The Musical' (Sydney Theatre Company / Global Creatures) for ABR Arts

Welcome to the December issue! Highlights include:

Highlights from the current issue

Fiona Wright reviews 'Drawing Sybylla' by Odette Kelada

Fiona Wright

Drawing Sybylla is a wonderfully unusual book, narrated in parts by a modern-day Sybil – one of those ‘mad mouthpieces’ of prophesy and poetry from Ancient Greece. This More

Frank Bongiorno reviews 'The Dismissal Dossier: Everything you were never meant to know about November 1975' by Jenny Hocking

Frank Bongiorno

Paul Keating claims that he wanted to arrest John Kerr. There were perhaps two points at which Kerr might justly have been taken into custody. There was the critical moment just after he h More

Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'Dancing Home' by Paul Collis

Jay Daniel Thompson

Dancing Home opens in forthright fashion. The author, Paul Collis, urges readers to ‘[t]ake sides. Be involved in the ideas I’ve written into this book.’ The novel offe More

Kathrin Bartha reviews 'Facing Gaia: Eight lectures on the new climatic regime' by Bruno Latour, translated by Catherine Porter

Kathrin Bartha

Have you heard of the Anthropocene, the so-called Age of Humans? Our geological epoch has been renamed because human influences on Earth are so profound that not only is our climate changi More

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