Welcome to the June issue of ABR – another highly varied one. Emma McEwin – Douglas Mawson’s great-granddaughter – writes about Mawson’s ‘iron gut’ and his fellow Antarctic explorers’ dietary habits, including a queasy penchant for ‘penguins on horseback’. Miriam Cosic reviews the Coetzee–Auster correspondence, and Pascall Prize-winner Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews Lionel Shriver’s new novel. Brian McFarlane is underwhelmed by Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. Opera is a major theme this month. World-renowned conductor Jeffrey Tate is intrigued by the controversial new biography of Benjamin Britten, and Peter Rose writes about three productions in Melbourne.
June 2013 no. 352
The novel for which Lionel Shriver is best known, We Need to Talk about Kevin (2003), generated endless discussion across the spectrum of readers, from buzzing suburban home-b ... More