December 2015, no. 377

December 2015, no. 377

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.

Full Contents

Memoir

M Train by Patti Smith

Poetry

Happiness by Martin Harrison

Biography

A Mother's Story by Rosie Batty with Bryce Corbett

Music

My Life with Wagner by Christian Thielemann

Fiction

Ghost River by Tony Birch

United States

Deep South: Four Seasons on back roads by Paul Theroux

Biography

Modern Love: The Lives of John and Sunday Reed by Lesley Harding and Kendrah Morgan

Music

Charles Mackerras edited by Nigel Simeone and John Tyrrell

Fiction

Six Bedrooms by Tegan Bennett Daylight

Fiction

Flood of Fire by Amitav Ghosh

Fiction

List of the Lost by Morrissey

Fiction

Abacus by Louis Armand

Anthology

The Sleepers Almanac X edited by Zoe Dattner and Louise Swinn

Fiction

Cloudless: A Novel in Verse by Christine Evans

Film

Directory of World Cinema, Volume 19: Australia and New Zealand edited by Ben Goldsmith, Mark David Ryan, and Geoff Lealand

Biography

Frank Lowy: A Second Life by Jill Margo

Anthology

Freeman's: Arrival edited by John Freeman

Memoir

And You May Find Yourself by Paul Dalgarno

Memoir

Settling Day: A Memoir by Kate Howarth