November 2015, no. 376

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.

Full Contents


Second Half First: A Memoir by Drusilla Modjeska


Stalin, Volume I by Stephen Kotkin & Stalin by Oleg V. Khlevniuk and translated by Nora Seligman Favorov


The Natural Way of Things by Charlotte Wood


The Story of the Lost Child by Elena Ferrante


Scorper by Rob Magnuson Smith


The Women's Pages by Debra Adelaide


The knowledge Wars by Peter Doherty


Capitalism: Money, Morals and Markets by John Plender


The Penguin Book of Russian Poetry edited by Robert Chandler, Boris Dralyuk, and Irina Mashinski


Babel Fish by Jillian Pattinson


Rendez-vous with Art by Philippe de Montebello and Martin Gayford


The Essence of French Cooking by Michel Roux & The Best of Gretta Anna with Martin Teplitzky by Gretta Anna Teplitzky and Martin Teplitzky


Historical Justice and Memory edited by Klaus Neumann and Janna Thompson

True Crime

All Fall Down by Matthew Condon


Older and Bolder: Life After 60 by Renata Singer

YA Fiction

Becoming Kirrali Lewis by Jane Harrison

Children's and Young Adult Fiction

Freedom Ride by Sue Lawson


Philanthropy and the Arts by Jennifer Radbourne and Kenneth Watkins