January–February 2018, issue no. 398

The 2018 ABR Peter Porter Poetry Prize
ABR is delighted to announce the five shortlisted poets in this year's Prize worth $8,500
'Beautiful, enigmatic, elevated'
Morag Fraser reviews 'The Lady and the Unicorn' (Art Gallery of New South Wales) for ABR Arts
'Deeply familiar and moving' ★★★★1/2
Anwen Crawford reviews 'Lady Bird' (Universal Pictures) for ABR Arts
'the self-amused, morally weightless salute of one hollow showman for another.'
Gideon Haigh reviews 'Fire and Fury: Inside the Trump White House' (free)
'Wagner and Melbourne Opera Triumph' ★★★★1/2
Barney Zwartz reviews 'Tristan and Isolde' (Melbourne Opera) for ABR Arts.
A 'near pitch-perfect cast' ★★★★
Tali Lavi reviews 'Hir' (Red Stitch Actors' Theatre) for ABR Arts.
'Cold Comfort' ★★★★
Dion Kagan reviews 'Happy End' (Transmission Films) for ABR Arts.
'When a biographer tells her own story, the rules change'
Brenda Niall reviews 'A Life of My Own' by Claire Tomalin [$]
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)
'A wicked pleasure to read'
Susan Wyndham reviews 'The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983–1992' by Tina Brown [$]
'Clever, amusing, radiant'
Lisa Gorton reviews 'Dunbar' by Edward St Aubyn (free)

Frank Bongiorno reviews 'The Pivot of Power: Australian prime ministers and political leadership 1949–2016' by Paul Strangio, Paul ‘t Hart, and James Walter

Frank Bongiorno

Has the Australian prime minister’s job become impossible? The authors of The Pivot of Power: Australian prime ministers and political leadership 1949–2016 ask this question a More

Richard Walsh reviews 'Memoirs' by Mike Willesee

Richard Walsh

Mike Willesee has been one of the giants of the Australian media for over half a century. He was a major force in television for most of those years; but he began his life in print journal More

Lilit Thwaites reviews 'All My Goodbyes' by Mariana Dimópulos, translated by Alice Whitmore

Lilit Thwaites

Given that the unnamed narrator–protagonist of Mariana Dimópulos’s All My Goodbyes (Cada despedida) has difficulty putting together and understanding her own fractur More

Kevin Foster reviews 'No Front Line: Australia’s special forces at war in Afghanistan' by Chris Masters

Kevin Foster

Few organisations defend their reputation more vigorously than the Australian Defence Force (ADF). Long since clasped to the national bosom, the ADF has no intention of being shoehorned ou More

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