Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'The Year It All Fell Down' by Bob Ellis

Jay Daniel Thompson reviews 'The Year It All Fell Down' by Bob Ellis

The Year It All Fell Down

by Bob Ellis

Viking, $29.99 pb, 264 pp, 9780670077410

In The Year It All Fell Down, journalist Bob Ellis revisits 2011, a year that, as the title suggests, produced social and political change on a global scale. The text provides a month-by-month account of this dramatic time. Ellis covers the Queensland floods and the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami. He describes the US-sanctioned execution of Osama bin Laden and the mass killings perpetrated by Anders Breivik. Readers are reminded that Julian Assange ‘won the Martha Gellhorn Prize for “brave, determined, independent” journalism’, and that Prince William married Kate Middleton. There are references to veteran actor Kirk Douglas’s appearance at the Oscars ceremony and to Lars von Trier’s Melancholia. Ellis speculates that this film might be ‘a parable … of our denial of Global Warming’.

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Jay Daniel Thompson

Jay Daniel Thompson

Jay Daniel Thompson lectures in the Media and Communications program at the University of Melbourne. For information on his research achievements, see his website: https://unimelb.academia.edu/JayDanielThompson

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