Welcome to our January–February issue! Highlights include Martin Thomas on the art and life of Albert Namatjira, Jane Sullivan on Hilary Mantel’s new collection of short stories, and our new ‘Arts Highlights of the Year’ feature in which leading critics and arts professionals nominate their favourite performances of 2014. Also, Susan Lever reviews Christos Tsiolkas’s new title Merciless Gods, Geordie Williamson explores the poetry notebook of Clive James, and Gregory Day explores family ties in his Jolley Prize commended story, 'The 900s Have Moved'. On the poetry side of things, Tracy Ryan is ABR’s Poet of the Month, and we publish new poems by Cassandra Atherton, Cameron Lowe, and Tracy Ryan, as well as Clive James’s poem, ‘A Silent Speech by Julia Gillard’.
January-February 2015, no. 368
Susan Lever reviews Merciless Gods, a new collection of short stories by Christos Tsiolkas, and concludes that, though admirable, the work amounts to confined literary art.
Geordie Williamson explores the personal and wondrous world of critic and poet Clive James in his Notebook 2006–2014.
Jane Sullivan reflects on the 'literary cathedrals' Hilary Mantel has erected in her new collection of short stories, The Assassination of Margaret Thatcher.