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Frank Bongiorno reviews 'A History of Australia' by Mark Peel and Christina Twomey

Frank Bongiorno
21 March 2012

‘The product under consideration is Shist.’ So began New Zealand historian Keith Sinclair’s discussion of short histories in 1968. His irreverent diminutive is still occasionally hea More

Hilary McPhee (ed.) with Ann Standish: Memoirs of a Young Bastard

John Thompson
21 March 2012

Rampaging in Melbourne

John Thompson

 

Memoirs of a Young Bastard: The Diaries of Tim Burstall November 1953 to December 1954
edited by Hilary McPhee, with Ann Standish
Miegunyah Press, $59.99 hb, 368 pp, 9780522858143

 

With Tim Burst ... More

Peter Mares reviews 'Frontier Justice' by Andy Lamey and 'Contesting Citizenship' by Anne McNevin

Peter Mares
21 March 2012

Australian advocates of a harsh line against asylum seekers arriving by boat often base their arguments on a concern for the protection of human life. Unless we deter boat people, so the r More

Sonya Hartnett revisits 'A Difficult Young Man' by Martin Boyd

Sonya Hartnett
27 February 2012

Few writers, it could be argued, have ever cannibalised life for their art as ruthlessly and consistently as did Martin Boyd; and few are born into situations which lend themselves so readily to art. Boyd’s working life – indeed, much of his entire existence – was spent trying to unite the past with the present, the old world with the new, himself with the man ... More

Sanford Schwartz: The Age of Movies

Philippa Hawker
27 February 2012

A sanitised version of a great contrarian

Philippa Hawker

 

The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael
edited by Sanford Schwartz
The Library of America, US$40 hb, 852 pp, 9781598531091

 

Pauline Kael did not shy away from big statements. She ... More

Evelyn Juers reviews two new books on Dickens

Evelyn Juers
26 February 2012

This is how Claire Tomalin closes her Dickens biography: ‘He left a trail like a meteor, and everyone finds their own version of Charles Dickens’, followed by a long list of types. I consider Dickens the surrealist, or thesentimentalist, but then I pick Dickens the tireless walker. And I concede, with Tomalin, that regarding h ... More

Shirley Walker reviews 'Nine Lives'

Shirley Walker
04 May 2011

Susan Sheridan’s Nine Lives, a ‘group biography’, analyses the life stories and literary achievements of nine Australian women writers. The purpose, according to Sheridan, is not only to rediscover the life story of each, but also, by exploring their publishing and aesthetic context, to create a ‘fresh configuration’ of our literary history.

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