Distinctive voices

Distinctive voices

The Best Australian Essays 2013

edited by Robert Manne

Black Inc., $29.99 pb, 333 pp, 9781863956253

In his introduction to this selection of prose engagements with the world, Robert Manne tells us he was looking for the ‘presence of a distinctive voice’ as a sign of what he calls a good essay. Some of these pieces are conventional essays, but others are memoirs, newspaper columns, sketches, ‘true’ stories – there’s even a speech and an article from Manne’s own Festschrift. Never mind the definitions, what Manne has gathered is an informative, thoroughly enjoyable collection of writing to stimulate our reflections on the past year and our concerns for the future.

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Published in March 2014 no. 359
Susan Lever

Susan Lever

Susan Lever is the author of David Foster: The Satirist of Australia (Cambria Press, 2008) and general editor of Cambria Press’s Australian Literature Series. She has published widely on Australian literary history and contemporary Australian fiction, and is currently conducting interviews with Australian television writers for the Australian Writers’ Foundation Oral History project. Susan Lever’s interviews with Australian screenwriters are accessible through the National Film and Sound Archive, samples can be found here.

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