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.

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

Scorper by Rob Magnuson Smith

The Women's Pages by Debra Adelaide

The knowledge Wars by Peter Doherty

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

All Fall Down by Matthew Condon

Freedom Ride by Sue Lawson

Philanthropy and the Arts by Jennifer Radbourne and Kenneth Watkins