June 2012, no. 342

June 2012, no. 342

News from the Editor's Desk


Miles and the mindset

How refreshing it was to read – on the announcement of the 2012 Miles Franklin Literary Award’s shortlist – that The Trust Company, which administers the Miles, ha ...

Neal Blewett on 'Thinking the Twentieth Century'

Neal Blewett

This author, this book, and its composition are all extraordinary. Tony Judt, one of the most distinguished historians of his generation, made his name with studies of French intellectual history, then in 2005 he published his masterwork, Postwar: A History of Europe Since 1945. ...

Miles Franklin loosens up

Patrick Allington

Soon after the announcement of the shortlist of this year’s Miles Franklin Literary Award (‘the Miles’), bookmaker Tom Waterhouse installed Anna Funder’s All That I Am (2011) as favourite. Fair enough, too: it’s an astute and absorbing Australian no ...

Peter Rose reviews 'Bring up the Bodies' by Hilary Mantel

Peter Rose

Royals, it seems, have their tenacious uses, often fictive. Contemporaries such as Alan Bennett and Edward St Aubyn have deployed them. One hundred years ago, Ford Madox Ford wrote his singular trilogy (1906–08) about Katharine Howard, The Fifth Queen of He ...

Also in this issue


Jordan Beth Vincent

Four Americans in Paris

Patrick McCaughey

Peter Robb: Lives

Owen Richardson

Brian Boyd: Why Lyrics Last

Chris Wallace-Crabbe

Beau Riffenburgh: Aurora

Alasdair McGregor