November 2015, no. 376

Welcome to the November issue. Highlights this month include our annual survey of critics and arts professionals on their favourite concerts, operas, films, ballets, plays, and art exhibitions. Bernadette Brennan greatly admires Drusilla Modjeska's new memoir, Second Half First. Robyn Archer makes the case for funding the arts and Debi Hamilton takes a four-hour trip around Melbourne on bus route 903. Elsewhere, we have Jane Sullivan on Salman Rushdie's new novel, Brian Matthews on Tim Winton's memoir Island Home, and Susan Lever on Charlotte Wood's The Natural Way of Things. Tim Colebatch reviews Catch and Kill by Joel Deane, and Mark Edele contrasts two new biographies of Stalin. Elizabeth Harrower is our Open Page guest, and Kerryn Goldsworthy is our Critic of the Month.

November 2015, no. 376

Arts Highlights of the Year

Robyn Archer et al.

To highlight Australian Book Review's arts coverage and to celebrate some of the year's memorable concerts, operas, films, ballets, plays, and exhibitions, we invited a group of critics and arts professionals to nominate their favourites – and to nominate o ...

Bernadette Brennan reviews 'Second Half First' by Drusilla Modjeska

Bernadette Brennan

Twenty-five years ago, Drusilla Modjeska's Poppy reimagined boldly the possibilities for Australian memoir. Modjeska recounts in her new memoir, Second Half First, how in her inaugural appearance at a writers' festival she was on a panel discussing a ...

Brian Matthews reviews 'Island Home' by Tim Winton

Brian Matthews

Tim Winton's island home seethes and rings, whispers and beckons with sheer life. It tantalises through shreds of memories and phantom histories turned to stone or engraved in ocean-scored rocks and remote caves. Like William Blake's 'green and pleasant land', it is c ...

Jane Sullivan reviews 'Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights' by Salman Rushdie

Jane Sullivan

Kazuo Ishiguro recently sparked off a literary row about whether 'serious' writers should dabble in fantasy when he insisted rather too strongly that he was not writing fantasy in his latest novel

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