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.

Full Contents

Features

Exit Wounds: One Australian’s War on Terror by John Cantwell with Greg Bearup

Politics

Tales from the Political Trenches by Maxine McKew

Features

Lost Voices by Christopher Koch

Features

JOHN KEATS: A NEW LIFE by Nicholas Roe

Features

The Best Australian Science Writing 2012 edited by Elizabeth Finkel

Fiction

The Casual Vacancy by J.K. Rowling

Fiction

Man of Letters: Dog Rock 3 by David Foster

Fiction

The Seaglass Spiral by Alan Gould

Fiction

The Inheritance of Ivorie Hammer by Edwina Preston

Fiction

The Tower Mill by James Moloney

Fiction

An Unknown Sky and Other Stories by Susan Midalia

Fiction

Nightfall by Will Elliott

Fiction

The Darkest Little Room by Patrick Holland

Fiction

Walter by Ashley Sievwright

Biography

Strindberg: A Life by Sue Prideaux

Biography

Davis McCaughey: A Life by Sarah Martin

Cricket

On Warne by Gideon Haigh

Anthology

The Best Australian Business Writing 2012 edited by Andrew Cornell

Anthology

London: A History in Verse edited by Mark Ford

Food

My Umbrian Kitchen by atrizia Simone with Caroline Pizzey

Art

Vassilieff and His Art by Felicity St John Moore

Poetry

Collusion by Brook Emery

Military History

Vietnam: The Complete Story of the Australian War by Bruce Davies with Gary McKay

Australian History

Canberry Tales: An Informal History by Granville Allen Mawer

Young Adult Fiction

Into that Forest by Louis Nowra