December 2016, no. 387

December 2016, no. 387

Welcome to our much-anticipated December issue!

• Books of the Year - More than forty senior critics, writers, broadcasters, and booksellers have nominated their favourite books of the year
• Publisher’s Picks - a dozen major publishers/editors nominate 2016 books from other publishing houses
• Paul Genoni on George Johnston and Charmian Clift’s time on Hydra
• Peter Craven on Tim Winton’s ‘rich and brilliant’ essay collection The Boy Behind the Curtain
• Fiona Gruber on Scientology
• Philosopher Peter Singer is our Open Page guest

Full Contents

Essays

The Boy Behind the Curtain by Tim Winton

Fiction

The Sellout by Paul Beatty

Fiction

Letter to Pessoa & Other Short Fictions by Michelle Cahill

Books of the Year

2016 Publisher Picks

Fiction

The Dark Flood Rises by Margaret Drabble

Biography

The Fiction of Thea Astley by Susan Sheridan

Memoir

Press Escape by Shaun Carney

Memoir

Songs of a War Boy: My story by Deng Thiak Adut and Ben McKelvey

History

ISIS: A history by Fawaz A. Gerges

History

A Tear in the Soul by Amanda Webster

Fiction

Moonglow by Michael Chabon

Fiction

Inexperience and other stories by Anthony Macris

Fiction

Tell the Truth, Shame the Devil by Melina Marchetta

Fiction

The Winterlings by Cristina Sánchez-Andrade, translated by Samuel Rutter

Fiction

The Joyce Girl by Annabel Abbs

Essays

Quicksilver by Nicolas Rothwell

Film

Latin American Cinema: A Comparative History by Paul A. Schroeder Rodríguez

Music

Franz Liszt: Musician, celebrity, superstar by Oliver Hilmes, translated by Stewart Spencer

Science

Ivan Pavlov: A Russian life in science by Daniel P. Todes

Science

The Best Australian Science Writing 2016 edited by Jo Chandler

Biography

The Life of D.H. Lawrence by Andrew Harrison

Poetry

Comfort Food by Ellen van Neerven

Poetry

An Essay on Man by Alexander Pope, edited by Tom Jones

Children's Fiction

The Bone Sparrow by Zana Fraillon