Welcome to the December issue. Highlights include our Books of the Year, where 42 major authors and critics nominate their favourite titles. Read what people like Alberto Manguel, Sophie Cunningham and Michael Hofmann enjoyed reading most this year. Elsewhere, Bernadette Brennan lauds Elizabeth Harrower's new short story collection, A Few Days in the Country. We also have Varun Ghosh on a timely new biography of Malcolm Turnbull, Judith Beveridge on the posthumous poems from Martin Harrison, and Rachel Buchanan on Rosie Batty's memoir A Mother's Story. Plus Neal Blewett on Universal Man: The Seven Lives of John Maynard Keynes and John Allison on My life With Wagner by Charles Thielemann. Don Watson is our Open Page guest, and Stephen Edgar is our Poet of the Month.