December 2013–January 2014, no. 357

December 2013–January 2014, no. 357

Welcome to our summer edition! Never before have we published 78 people in a single issue. ‘Books of the Year’ is our major feature – always fun to commission. Find out what leading writers, critics and artists enjoyed reading in 2014. Poetry is a strength this month: we have poems from Felicity Plunkett, American Paula Bohince, and Porter Prize winner Michael Farrell, among others. Dion Kagan reviews that audacious French film Stranger by the Lake, and Ian Dickson admires the STC’s Waiting for Godot. Other highlights include Robert Dessaix on Colm Tóibín’s The Testament of Mary, Robyn Williams on Stephen Hawking, and former agent Mary Cunnane’s defence of the slush pile.

Full Contents

Commentary

#Queryfail

Science

My Brief History by Stephen Hawking

Anthology

Contemporary Asian Australian Poets edited by Adam Aitken, Kim Cheng Boey, and Michelle Cahill

Fiction

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

Fiction

The Testament of Mary by Colm Tóibín

Fiction

Tide by John Kinsella

Memoirs

His Stupid Boyhood: A Memoir by Peter Goldsworthy

Fiction

Bitter Wash Road by Garry Disher

Fiction

Getting Warmer by Alan Carter

Fiction

The Shadow Year by Hannah Richell

Fiction

Watching You by Michael Robotham

Memoir

Banana Girl: A Memoir by Michele Lee

Film

Cinema by Alain Badiou, translated by Susan Spitzer

Film

World Film Locations: Melbourne edited by Neil Mitchell

Poetry

Even in the Dark by Rose Lucas

Poetry

Ephemeral Waters by Kate Middleton

Poetry

The Watchmaker's Imprint by Ian Templeman

Poetry

It Comes From All Directions by Rae Desmond Jones

Shakespeare

Shakespeare Beyond Doubt: Evidence, Argument, Controversy edited by Paul Edmondson and Stanley Wells

Literary Studies

English as a Vocation: The Scrutiny Movement by Christopher Hilliard

Education

Queen's College the University of Melbourne: A Pictorial History 1887–2012 edited by Jennifer Bars, Sophia T. Pavlovski-Ross, and David T. Runia

YA Fiction

The Last Girl by Michael Adams

YA Fiction

Wildlife by Fiona Wood