Memoir

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews 'Other People’s Words' by Hilary McPhee

Kerryn Goldsworthy
06 September 2019

‘The characters which survive,’ wrote Hilary McPhee at seventeen in the copy of Thomas Hardy’s More

Noel Turnbull reviews 'Winning for Women: A personal story' by Iola Mathews

Noel Turnbull
03 September 2019

Life and times memoirs are often lives leavened with some tangential nods to times. In Iola Mathews’s book Winning for Women: A personal story, a notable career is inextricably linked with the remarkable times she did much to shape.

It is the story of a feminist, the Australian feminist movement, and the battle for transformational political, lega ... More

Rachel Robertson reviews 'Hearing Maud' by Jessica White

Rachel Robertson
27 August 2019

Hearing Maud begins and ends with the notion that the narrator’s life has been defined by a pharmakon, an ancient Greek term denoting something that is both poison and cure. This subtle and more co More

Brenda Niall reviews 'Before I Forget: An early memoir' by Geoffrey Blainey

Brenda Niall
26 August 2019

Unlike an autobiography, which tends to be time-bound and inclusive, the memoir can wander at will in the writer’s past, searching out and shaping an idea of self. Although Geoffrey Blai More

Rachel Buchanan reviews 'In My Skin: A memoir' by Kate Holden

Rachel Buchanan
06 August 2019

Melbourne woman Kate Holden’s memoir of being a heroin user and of working as a prostitute to fund her habit op More

Craig Sherborne reviews 'Always Unreliable: The memoirs' by Clive James

Craig Sherborne
10 July 2019

Clive James is a fussy A-grade mechanic of the English language, always on the lookout for grammatical misfires or sloppiness of ph More

Chris Wallace-Crabbe reviews 'Arabesques: A tale of double lives' by Robert Dessaix

Chris Wallace-Crabbe
10 July 2019

Who is, or rather who was, André Gide? I ask this because a distinguished editor More

Alice Whitmore reviews Requiem with Yellow Butterflies by James Halford

Alice Whitmore
17 June 2019

Requiem with Yellow Butterflies begins, aptly, with a death. Sitting at his office in Brisbane, the author receives news that Gabriel García Márquez has died at his home in Mexi More

Alice Whitmore reviews 'Requiem with Yellow Butterflies' by James Halford

Alice Whitmore
01 July 2009

Requiem with Yellow Butterflies begins, aptly, with a death. Sitting at his office in Brisbane, the author receives news that Gabriel García Márquez has died at his home in Mexi More

Neal Blewett reviews 'Losing It' by Annabel Crabb, 'Loner: Inside a Labor tragedy' by Bernard Lagan, and 'The Latham Diaries' by Mark Latham

Neal Blewett
07 June 2019

Although you might not guess it from media comment, The Latham Diaries (MUP, $39.95 hb, 429 pp, 0522852157) is the most important book yet published on Labor’s wilderness y More

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