Welcome to the September issue of ABR! Highlights include:
• Review of the Month: Clare Corbould reviews Joseph Crespino's 'biography' of Atticus Finch, Harper Lee's great creation
• Brenda Niall on the correspondence of Vance and Nettie Palmer
• Gideon Haigh on Seymour Hersh's memoir
• Stephen Mills on Bob Carr's new memoir
• Beejay Silcox on Michael Ondaatje’s new novel Warlight
• Michael Shmith on journalist Les Hinton’s memoir
• Johanna Leggatt on Stephanie Bishop's Man Out of Time
September 2018, no. 404
When I taught African American history at the University of Sydney, students read the words of Booker T. Washington, Ida B. Wells, Marcus Garvey, and Martin Luther King Jr. They discussed the relative merits of each leader’s strategies. In every class – mostly white students ...
Brenda Niall reviews 'Loving Words: Love letters of Nettie and Vance Palmer 1909–1914' by Deborah Jordan
When Vance Palmer met Nettie Higgins in the summer of 1909 in the sedate setting of the State Library of Victoria, they were both twenty-three years old. Yet even to speak to one another was a breach of convention; they had not been introduced, and Nettie at least felt quite daring ...
The cover image on Seymour Hersh’s memoir, Reporter, could hardly be improved. Taken in 1974 in the newsroom of The New York Times, it shows Hersh with his left elbow propped on a typewriter with blank paper in the roller, sleeves rolled up and patterned tie loose around an unironed ...
The latest publication by former New South Wales Premier Bob Carr, a prolific author since leaving federal politics in 2013, is a political memoir that defies the norms of this often-predictable genre. Largely abandoning chronological narrative, Carr offers a disjointed sequence of nearly ...