Michael Winkler

Michael Winkler reviews 'Tracker: Stories of Tracker Tilmouth' by Alexis Wright

Michael Winkler
19 December 2017

In Alexis Wright’s novel Carpentaria (2006), Girlie claims, ‘If you ever want to find out about anything in your vicinity, you have to talk to the mad people.’ There are a l More

Michael Winkler reviews 'Australian Gypsies: Their secret history' by Mandy Sayer

Michael Winkler
24 November 2017

In the Australia of my childhood, the Gypsy skirt was fashionable, ABC Radio played Django Reinhardt, ‘The Gypsy Rover’ was in school songbooks, peripatetic players were called ‘Gyps More

Michael Winkler reviews 'The Mind of the Islamic State' by Robert Manne

Michael Winkler
30 May 2017

One of the many contradictions of Islamic State, as exposed in Robert Manne’s latest work, is that a mob seemingly dedicated to deeds rather than words is in fact logocratic. For all of their murderous antipathy towards the People of the Book, Islamic State has relied not on speeches or policy platforms, but on a succession of books.

While some trace the g ... More

Michael Winkler reviews 'Losing Streak: How Tasmania was gamed by the gambling industry' by James Boyce

Michael Winkler
28 April 2017

Gambling is part of Australia’s self-definition. The way we like to tell the story, lads at Gallipoli went over the top with a two-up kip in one hand and a rifle in the other, while exch More

Michael Winkler reviews 'From the Edge: Australia’s lost histories' by Mark McKenna

Michael Winkler
19 December 2016

There is a well-meaning musician who performs intermittently in Central Australia. When he plays his hit song, he tries to augment the lyrics by chanting the ...

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Michael Winkler reviews 'Position Doubtful: Mapping landscapes and memories' by Kim Mahood

Michael Winkler
22 August 2016

At the bottom of one of Kim Mahood's desert watercolours, she scrawled, 'In the gap between two ways of seeing, the risk is that you see nothing clearly.' A risk for ...

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2016 Calibre Essay Prize winner

25 May 2016

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News from the Editor's Desk - June–July 2016

25 May 2016

News from the Editor's Desk in the June–July issue of Australian Book Review.

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

Michael Winkler
23 May 2016

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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