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David Whish-Wilson reviews 'Shepherd' by Catherine Jinks

David Whish-Wilson
27 August 2019

One of the few advantages a contemporary writer of historical fiction has derives from working in a context with laxer censorship laws. Representations of sexuality and violence once prosc More

Alexander Wells reviews 'Promise Me You’ll Shoot Yourself: The mass suicides of ordinary Germans in 1945' by Florian Huber, translated by Imogen Taylor

Alexander Wells
26 August 2019

Everyone knows about the final days of Adolf Hitler – his abject suicide in a clammy Berlin bunker. Many prominent Nazis followed suit, including the master propagandist Joseph Goebbels, More

Rachel Buchanan reviews 'In My Skin: A memoir' by Kate Holden

Rachel Buchanan
06 August 2019

Melbourne woman Kate Holden’s memoir of being a heroin user and of working as a prostitute to fund her habit op More

Peter Craven reviews 'Eucalyptus: A novel' by Murray Bail

Peter Craven
31 July 2019

Murray Bail has passed muster as an important Australian novelist for quite a while now.  His 1980 novel Homesickness, with its sustained parodic conceit of Australian touris More

Chris Womersley reviews 'Truth' by Peter Temple

Chris Womersley
10 July 2019

In Peter Temple’s phenomenally successful The Broken ShoreMore

Phoebe Weston-Evans reviews Animalia by Jean-Baptiste Del Amo, translated by Frank Wynne

Phoebe Weston-Evans
05 July 2019

If you’re squeamish, this book probably isn’t for you. Each page delivers shocking or mundane violence and descriptions of guts and gore so frank they become a kind of poetry. There is More

Geordie Williamson reviews 'Diary of a Bad Year' by J.M. Coetzee

Geordie Williamson
21 June 2019

In 1880, Turgenev visited Tolstoy at his country estate after a long period of estrangement, only to discover that the great novelist had, in the interim, renounced art in favour of ethica More

Raimond Gaita reviews 'The President of Good & Evil: The ethics of George W. Bush' by Peter Singer

Raimond Gaita
07 June 2019

On the face of it, this book represents a strange project: to elaborate for the reader’s consideration the moral beliefs of a man whom the author judges (and judged in advance, one suspe More

Alan Atkinson reviews 'Dancing with Strangers' by Inga Clendinnen

Alan Atkinson
03 June 2019

Anyone who heard Inga Clendinnen’s 1999 Boyer Lectures or who has listened to her in any other way will hear her voice clearly in More

Johanna Leggatt reviews 'City of Trees: Essays on life, death and the need for a forest' by Sophie Cunningham

Johanna Leggatt
29 April 2019

When Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird wrote The Secret Life of Plants (1975), many critics labelled their attempt to prove a spiritual link between people and plants as mystica More

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