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Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews A History of South Australia by Paul Sendziuk and Robert Foster

Kerryn Goldsworthy
25 March 2019

The first volume in this series, Beverley Kingston’s A History of New South Wales, was published in 2006. Since then another five have appeared, including a book on Tasmania by More

John Hirst reviews 'A History of Tasmania' by Henry Reynolds

John Hirst
21 January 2012

Henry Reynolds is the pre-eminent historian of Aboriginal–settler relations in Australia, and with this theme he begins his history of Tasmania. He eschews the obligatory set piece descr More

Alison Broinowski reviews 'David P. Forsythe: The Politics of Prisoner Abuse' by David P. Forsythe

Alison Broinowski
25 October 2011

Many of us would find it as hard as Shaw’s Ladvenu does to think of any good reason for torture. It seems medieval, it is abhorrent, it is internationally illegal, and it doesn’t work. More

William Christie reviews 'The Cambridge Companion to the Sonnet' edited by A.D. Cousins and Peter Howarth

William Christie
23 August 2011

It is a measure of the stature of William Wordsworth among his younger contemporaries that he would find himself subject to innumerable challenges over the early years of the nineteenth ce More

Ina Bertrand reviews 'Australian Documentary: History, Practices, Genres' by Trish FitzSimons, Pat Laughren, and Dugald Williamson

Ina Bertrand
21 April 2011

The concept of ‘documentary’ is a slippery customer. It may start with John Grierson’s ‘creative treatment of actuality’, but, like holding water in your hand, it bleeds across m More

Joel Deane reviews 'The Art of Great Speeches and Why We Remember Them' by Dennis Glover

Joel Deane
14 April 2011

At a time when our discourse has become so sharply polarized – at a time when we are far too eager to lay the blame for all that ails the world at the feet of those who happen to think differently than we do – it More

Stuart Macintyre reviews 'Curtin’s Empire' by James Curran

Stuart Macintyre
24 March 2011

‘A peculiar bloke, Jack; you never knew him. You couldn’t get close to him.’ Reg Pollard, who was one of the abler members of the Labor Caucus in the 1940s, confessed his puzzlement More

Bruce Moore reviews 'Colonial Voices: A Cultural History of English in Australia 1840–1940' by Joy Damousi

Bruce Moore
07 December 2010

This is a book about the role of English speech in the creation and spread of British colonialism in Australia, about the eventual disintegration of this imperial speech and its values in More