Distinctive voices

Distinctive voices

The Best Australian Essays 2013

edited by Robert Manne

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

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...

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