Memoir

Jane Cadzow reviews 'Speaking Up' by Gillian Triggs

Jane Cadzow
25 October 2018

Gillian Triggs is a pearls-and-perfectly-cut-jacket person these days, so it is thrilling to learn that she was dressed head to toe in motorcycle leathers when she had one of the more inst More

Danielle Clode reviews 'Turmoil: Letters from the brink' by Robyn Williams

Danielle Clode
24 September 2018

In 2014, veteran ABC science broadcaster Robyn Williams was diagnosed with bowel cancer. It was, he reports, his third brush with death, following cardiac arrest in 1988 and bladder cancer More

Ceridwen Spark reviews 'Traumata' by Meera Atkinson

Ceridwen Spark
26 July 2018

At first glance, Traumata seems to provide an exception to the rule not to judge a book by its cover. Featuring photos of the author’s mother, a woman in her forties, alongside More

Dorothy Driver reviews 'Always Another Country: A Memoir of Exile and Home' by Sisonke Msimang

Dorothy Driver
26 July 2018

The name Sisonke Msimang may be familiar because of her reported claim in 2015 that Australia was ‘more racist’ than South Africa was during the apartheid era. What she in fact critici More

Shannon Burns reviews 'The Rapids: Ways of looking at mania' by Sam Twyford-Moore

Shannon Burns
26 July 2018

In The Rapids: Ways of looking at mania, Sam Twyford-Moore takes a personal, exploratory, and speculative approach to the subject of mania. Because the author has been significant More

Brenda Niall reviews 'Rosie: Scenes from a vanished life' by Rose Tremain

Brenda Niall
25 July 2018

‘Write about what you don’t know,’ British novelist Rose Tremain advised young authors. That has been her own strategy during a long and star-studded career. It is quite a stretch fr More

Susan Sheridan reviews 'Do Oysters Get Bored?: A curious life' by Rozanna Lilley

Susan Sheridan
25 May 2018

At the centre of this book is Oscar, the son of Rozanna Lilley and her husband, Neil Maclean, and Oscar’s particular way of encountering the world. Unpredictably (by most people’s stan More

Paul Morgan reviews 'The year everything changed: 2001' by Phillipa McGuinness

Paul Morgan
25 May 2018

Every era imagines its own future. We always get it wrong, of course; often comically, sometimes tragically. The year 2001 was emblematic of ‘the future’ for decades, thanks to Stanley More

Susan Magarey reviews 'My Vice-Regal Life: Diaries 1978 to 1982' by Lady Anna Cowen

Susan Magarey
16 May 2018

What charming company she is, Anna Cowen – warm, energetic, amusing, enthusiastic. And what a job that must have been: partnering Zelman Cowen when Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser appointe More

Avril Alba reviews 'No Place to Lay One’s Head' by Françoise Frenkel, translated by Stephanie Smee

Avril Alba
30 April 2018

When German forces invaded France on 10 May 1940, the French signed an armistice that facilitated limited French sovereignty in the south, the section of the country not yet overrun by Ger More

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