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Alice Nelson reviews 'Cedar Valley' by Holly Throsby

Alice Nelson
18 December 2018

In the first few pages of Cedar Valley, a group of women gather together to console one another after a calamitous event shatters the predictable languor of their small rural town More

Zora Simic reviews 'Unfettered and Alive' by Anne Summers and 'Germaine: The life of Germaine Greer' by Elizabeth Kleinhenz

Zora Simic
19 November 2018

When Anne Summers first met Germaine Greer at a raucous house party in Balmain in the early 1970s, she threw up in front of her after too many glasses of Jim Beam. Almost fifty years later More

Morag Fraser reviews 'Dark Victory' by David Marr and Marian Wilkinson

Morag Fraser
26 October 2018

Dark Victory opens with a coup: in a deep-etched narrative, joint – and seamless – authors David Marr and Marian Wilkinson make human beings out of the anonymous acronyms of John Howard’s border protect More

Lucas Thompson reviews 'The Recovering: Intoxication and its aftermath' by Leslie Jamison

Lucas Thompson
31 August 2018

There is an eerie sameness to addiction memoirs, which tend to follow the same basic structure. In the beginning, there is some immense and unassuageable pain, followed by the discovery of More

Letters to the Editor - May 2016

26 April 2016

Letters to the Editor in the May issue of Australian Book Review

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Jan McGuinness reviews 'Killing Fairfax' by Pamela Williams and 'Rupert Murdoch' by David McKnight

Jan McGuinness
30 October 2013

With James Packer and Lachlan Murdoch grinning smugly on its cover, Killing Fairfax: Packer, Murdoch and the Ultimate Revenge projects a strong message that they are indeed th More

Dina Ross reviews 'My Mother, My Father' edited by Susan Wyndham

Dina Ross
09 October 2013

In A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000), novelist Dave Eggers recounts the horror of losing both his parents within one year, leaving him and his sister as sole carers of their young brother. Eggers More

Jacqueline Kent reviews 'The Stalking of Julia Gillard: How the Media and Team Rudd Contrived to Bring down the Prime Minister' by Kerry-Anne Walsh

Jacqueline Kent
22 August 2013
Jacqueline Kent – Julia Gillard’s first biographer – reviews journalist Kerry-Anne Walsh’s highly partisan account of Gillard’s ill-fated prime ministership and the ceaseless hospitality of the Rudd camp. More

Ray Cassin reviews 'Unholy Trinity: The Hunt for the Paedophile Priest Monsignor John Day' by Denis Ryan and Peter Hoysted

Ray Cassin
06 August 2013

Many people have heard of Gerald Ridsdale, defrocked Catholic priest of the diocese of Ballarat and a notorious convicted paedophile. But comparatively few people have heard of Ridsdale’ More

Daniel Herborn reviews 'Every Parent’s Nightmare' by Belinda Hawkins

Daniel Herborn
26 May 2013

Like the best examples of true crime books, Every Parent’s Nightmare goes far beyond the tragedy at its centre and places it in its socio-economic context. Belinda Hawkins details More

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