John Byron

John Byron, who now lives in Melbourne, has worked in and around federal politics for over fifteen years. He is Executive Director of the Australian Academy of the Humanities.

John Byron reviews 'And So It Went: Night thoughts in a year of change' by Bob Ellis

July-August 2009, no. 313 01 August 2009
John Byron reviews 'And So It Went: Night thoughts in a year of change' by Bob Ellis
Bob Ellis’s lightly edited journal alternates between two main timelines spanning 27 June 2007 to 8 November 2008: that is, from the run-up to the last Australian federal election to Barack Obama’s victory. Ellis’s insomniac musings over these sixteen-odd months are brilliant and shambolic, irritating and moving. The book is essential reading, but you have to work hard for the gems. ... (read more)

John Byron reviews 'Resourceful Reading: The New Empiricism, eResearch, and Australian Literary Culture' edited by Katherine Bode and Robert Dixon

April 2010, no 320 01 April 2010
John Byron reviews 'Resourceful Reading: The New Empiricism, eResearch, and Australian Literary Culture' edited by Katherine Bode and Robert Dixon
A quiet revolution has been occurring within the humanities over the last decade: the emergence into mainstream scholarship of new methods and approaches that exploit digital tools, electronic infrastructures, networks of data resources and the sheer computational power of modern technology. This renaissance builds on decades of pioneering work – well before its time and largely unacknowledged ... (read more)

John Byron reviews 'The Long Haul' by John Brumby

January-February 2016, no. 378 18 December 2015
John Byron reviews 'The Long Haul' by John Brumby
Alongside the current boom in political memoir, with its tendency to self-aggrandisement, score-settling, and justification of the indefensible, there grows quietly a small but compelling genre of books that explore the craft and policy purpose of various types of political work. Notable examples from Melbourne University Press include James Button's Speechless: A Year in My Father's Business (201 ... (read more)