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Desley Deacon reviews Seven Big Australians: Adventures with comic actors by Anne Pender

Desley Deacon
23 May 2019

Nowadays every second young person seems to want to be a stand-up comic, an occupation that perfectly represents the ‘gig’ economy in its precariousness and occasional nature. Anne Pen More

2018 Publisher Picks

Nathan Hollier et al.
18 December 2018

To complement our ‘Books of the Year’ feature, which appeared in the December 2018 issue, we invited some senior publishers to nominate their favourite books of 2018 – all published by other companies.


Tali Lavi reviews 'A Second Chance: The making of Yiddish Melbourne' by Margaret Taft and Andrew Markus

Tali Lavi
26 October 2018

In my childhood home, Yiddish prompted a frisson of the suppressed. This was a direct consequence of adults speaking it whenever they did not want us children to understand. Yiddish was th More

Brian Matthews reviews 'Half the Perfect World' by Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziell

Brian Matthews
25 October 2018

In August 1964, Charmian Clift returned to Australia from the Greek island of Hydra after nearly fourteen years abroad. As Paul Genoni and Tanya Dalziell portray her return – a descripti More

Gabriella Coslovich reviews 'What Matters? Talking value in Australian Culture' by Julian Meyrick, Robert Phiddian, and Tully Barnett

Gabriella Coslovich
25 October 2018

As I sat down to write this review, a media release popped into my email inbox with the excited news that more than 400,000 people had visited the National Gallery of Victoria’s MoMA exh More

David Brophy reviews 'Island Off the Coast of Asia' by Clinton Fernandes

David Brophy
25 October 2018

Marise Payne’s recent speech to the United Nations General Assembly touted Australia’s support for ‘rules’ and ‘international law’ in creating a global order that works ‘for More

James McNamara reviews 'Political Animal: Gore Vidal on Power' by Heather Neilson

James McNamara
26 November 2014

American writer Gore Vidal was an intimate of political power. His grandfather was a US senator; his father served as Franklin D. Roosevelt’s Director of Air Commerce. When his mother re More

Darrell Lewis: A Wild History

John Rickard
28 August 2012

John Rickard


A Wild History: Life and Death on the Victoria River Frontier
by Darrell Lewis
Monash University Publishing, $29.95 pb, 342 pp, 9781921867262


Darrell Lewis first encountered the Victoria River District of the Northern Territory in 1971 when he wo ... More

Angela Woollacott: Race and the Modern Exotic

John Rickard
21 March 2012

Trio of sorts

John Rickard


by Angela Woollacott
Monash University Publishing (Footprint), $24.95 pb, 154 pp, 9781921867125


Annette Kellerman, described by Angela Woolla ... More