February 2014, no. 358

February 2014, no. 358

Welcome to our first issue for 2014 – with 48 different writers bringing you fine reviews, poems, and arts commentary. Historian Marilyn Lake – warning us about a veritable tsunami of books about the Great War in the centenary year – reviews Joan Beaumont’s book Broken Nation. John Thompson finds much to like in Germaine Greer’s White Beech: The Rainforest Years. Jen Webb reviews Donna Tartt’s new novel, The Goldfinch. Rebekah Clarkson, Danielle Clode and Peter Kenneally review major anthologies of last year’s ‘best’ writings. We also have a major new feature – ‘Critic of the Month’.

Full Contents

Military History

Broken Nation: Australians in the Great War by Joan Beaumont

Memoir

White Beech: The Rainforest Years by Germaine Greer

Australian History

Dreaming Too Loud: Reflections on a Race Apart by Geoffrey Robertson

Anthologies

The Best Australian Stories 2013 edited by Kim Scott

Anthologies

The Best Australian Poems 2013 edited by Lisa Gorton & Now You Shall Know by Hunter Writers Centre

Anthologies

The Best of the Lifted Brow: Volume One edited by Ronnie Scott

Architecture

A Singular Vision: Harry Seidler by Helen O'Neill

Music

Richard Wagner: A Life in Music by Martin Geck (translated by Stewart Spencer)

Fiction

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Australian History

The Forgotten Rebels of Eureka by Clare Wright

Fiction

Down in the City by Elizabeth Harrower

Fiction

The Colonials by Brian Fitzpatrick

Fiction

Infamy by Lenny Bartulin

Fiction

An Elegant Young Man by Luke Carman

Fiction

White Light by Mark O'Flynn

Anthologies

The Best Australian Science Writing 2013 edited by Jane McCredie and Natasha Mitchell

Western Australia

Perth by David Whish-Wilson

Art

Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong

Journal

Island 135 edited by Matthew Lamb

Film

Alfred Hitchcock's America by Murray Pomerance

YA Fiction

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Poetry

What the Afternoon Knows by Ron Pretty

Poetry

Signal Flare by Anthony Lawrence

Poetry

Recurrence by Graeme Miles