December 2012–January 2013, no. 347

December 2012–January 2013, no. 347

Welcome to our mega summer issue. Readers (and authors!) are always keen to know what our key writers regard as the ‘Books of the Year’. This year 26 critics nominate their favourite books – and tell us why they like them. They include Alex Miller, Brenda Niall,Kerryn Goldsworthy and Tony Birch. Nick Hordern reviews John Cantwell’s strikingly candid book Exit Wounds. We have reviews of new fiction by David Foster, J.K. Rowling and Christopher Koch; a short story by John Bryson; and a new poem by John Kinsella.

Lost Voices by Christopher Koch

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

The Tower Mill by James Moloney

Nightfall by Will Elliott

Walter by Ashley Sievwright

Strindberg: A Life by Sue Prideaux

On Warne by Gideon Haigh

My Umbrian Kitchen by atrizia Simone with Caroline Pizzey

Vassilieff and His Art by Felicity St John Moore

Collusion by Brook Emery

Into that Forest by Louis Nowra