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.

My Brief History by Stephen Hawking

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

The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane

Tide by John Kinsella

Bitter Wash Road by Garry Disher

Getting Warmer by Alan Carter

The Shadow Year by Hannah Richell

Watching You by Michael Robotham

Cinema by Alain Badiou, translated by Susan Spitzer

Ephemeral Waters by Kate Middleton

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

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

The Last Girl by Michael Adams

Wildlife by Fiona Wood