February 2008, no. 298

February 2008, no. 298

2008 Calibre Prize (Winner): 'Reaching One Thousand'

Rachel Robertson
I have often admired the mystical way of Pythagoras, and the secret magic of numbers.
Sir Thomas Browne, Religio Medici
The real world is not given to us, but put to us by way of a riddle.
Albert Einstein

2008 Calibre Prize (Winner): 'A Storm and a Teacup'

Mark Tredinnick

During a lull in the fiercest weather event the south-east of the continent has seen in thirty years – we call them ‘events’ these days, as though someone’s putting them on – I went out on a Sunday morning and bought myse ...

Brian McFarlane reviews 'People of the Book' by Geraldine Brooks

Brian McFarlane

‘I wanted to give a sense of the people of the book, the different hands that had made it, used it, protected it. I wanted it to be a gripping narrative, even suspenseful.’ So says Hanna Heath, protagonist of Geraldine Brooks’s latest novel, about her search through time and place for the history of ‘the Sarajevo Haggadah’, the ‘Book’ of the title ...