January-February 2016, no. 378

January-February 2016, no. 378

Welcome to the January–February issue. Highlights include the ever-sharp British critic Michael Hofmann on Jonathan Bate's biography of Ted Hughes, James Walter on Keating by Kerry O'Brien, and a long article by Suzanne Falkiner about Randolph Stow in Harwich. Sarah Holland-Batt reviews Fiona McFarlane's new collection of short stories, and Brigid Magner considers Gregory David Roberts's The Mountain Shadow. Following his recent travels, Kevin Rabalais gives us a Letter from New Orleans. Josephine Taylor reviews The Best Australian Stories 2015, Anwen Crawford examines Carrie Brownstein's memoir Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, and Dennis Altman reviews Peter Garrett's memoir Big Blue Sky. ABR's Q&As are always popular, and this month Mireille Juchau is our Open Page guest, and Michelle Michau-Crawford is our Future Tense guest.

The Mountain Shadow by Gregory David Roberts

Keating by Kerry O'Brien

The High Places by Fiona McFarlane

The Waiting Room by Leah Kaminsky

Hope Farm by Peggy Frew

The Secret Son by Jenny Ackland

The Profilist by Adrian Mitchell

Monash by Grantlee Kieza & Maestro John Monash by Tim Fischer

The Work of Literature by Derek Attridge

The Simple Act of Reading edited by Debra Adelaide

Mad Dog Morgan by Jake Wilson

Breezeway by John Ashbery

Selected Poems from Les Fleurs du mal by Charles Baudelaire, translated by Jan Owen

Prayers of a Secular World edited by Jordie Albiston and Kevin Brophy

Worlds Apart: A Memoir by David Plante

H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald

Hector by Rozzi Bazzani