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.

December 2012–January 2013 no. 347

Nick Hordern reviews 'Exit Wounds'

Nicholas Hordern

To go into any bookshop, if you can still find one, is to be amazed at the space devoted to militaria: endless shelves of books not just about the two world wars and Vietnam, but all wars ... More

Jane Goodall reviews 'Tales from the Political Trenches'

Jane Goodall

By its title, Tales from the Political Trenches promises reportage from the front line, eyewitness accounts of what really happens in the hidden zones of the political battlefield. ... More

Don Anderson reviews 'Lost Voices'

Don Anderson

‘There is another world, but it is in this one.’ That is Paul Éluard, channelled by Patrick White as one of four epigraphs to The Solid Mandala (1966), a ‘doubleman’ of a n ... More

Patrick White to the Rescue

David Carter

With the centenary of Patrick White’s birth being celebrated this year, it seems appropriate to highlight the great legacy that White left Australian writers in the form of the Patrick W ... More

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