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.
December 2015, no. 377
It is gratifying to witness the renewal of interest in Elizabeth Harrower's fiction. Last year, ...More
The writer is a conductor, opines the 'vaguely handsome, intensely laconic' cowpoke who speaks to Patti Smith as she lingers at 'the frame of a dream'. His words shape Smith's days. 'It's ... More
Since deposing Tony Abbott on 14 September 2015, Malcolm Turnbull has dominated Australian politics like a colossus. Turnbull's triumph, though long expected, happened quickly. The sense o ... More