June–July 2016, no. 382

Welcome to the June-July issue of Australian Book Review. The highlight of this issue is the winning essay in this year's Calibre Prize. Michael Winkler's winning essay is titled 'The Great Red Whale'. It was chosen from almost 200 entries. Lucas Grainger-Brown reviews two new books on Tony Abbott's downfall, Sheila Fitzpatrick reviews a biography on Stalin's daughter, and Peter Stanley examines Henry Reynolds's new book on Australia's long history of bellicosity. Novelists reviewed in this issue include Toni Jordan, Jane Harper and Patrick Holland. Distinguished US poet Sharon Olds publishes her first poem in ABR.

June–July 2016, no. 382

2016 Calibre Essay Prize (Winner): 'The Great Red Whale'

Michael Winkler

The history of my onomastic apprehension and misapprehension about the big thing in the middle of Australia: It is called Ayers Rock. No, it is ...

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Lucas Grainger-Brown reviews 'Credlin & Co.' by Aaron Patrick and 'The Road to Ruin' by Niki Savva

Lucas Grainger-Brown

In August 2014, then Prime Minister Tony Abbott gave a short speech disagreeing with the contention put forward in Triumph and Demise: The Broken Promise ...

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Andrea Goldsmith reviews 'In Praise of Forgetting: Historical memory and its ironies' by David Rieff

Andrea Goldsmith

Over the past three decades, and particularly since the prime ministership of John Howard, there has been an extraordinary growth in the number of ...

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Rachel Robertson reviews 'Dying: A memoir' by Cory Taylor

Rachel Robertson

We must all die, but many of us live as though we don't know this fact. When death comes close to us or our loved ones, we may feel totally unprepared ...

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