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’.

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

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

The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt

Down in the City by Elizabeth Harrower

The Colonials by Brian Fitzpatrick

Infamy by Lenny Bartulin

White Light by Mark O'Flynn

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

Perth by David Whish-Wilson

Art as Therapy by Alain de Botton and John Armstrong

Island 135 edited by Matthew Lamb

Alfred Hitchcock's America by Murray Pomerance

Two Boys Kissing by David Levithan

Signal Flare by Anthony Lawrence

Recurrence by Graeme Miles