Richard Walsh

Richard Walsh reviews 'Do I Make Myself Clear?: Why writing well matters' by Harold Evans

Richard Walsh
26 July 2018

Harold Evans, the celebrated former editor of London’s The Sunday Times and ex-president of Random House USA, is angry. He fulminates against lazy journalism, against the impene More

Richard Walsh reviews 'Fair Share: Competing claims and Australia’s economic future' by Stephen Bell and Michael Keating

Richard Walsh
24 May 2018

This is not a book with immediate appeal for the general reader, who is likely to be deterred by the denseness of its analysis. That is unfortunate, because its message deserves to be wide More

'Long live independent publishing' - ABR at 300

Peter Rose et al.
29 March 2018
Most editors look forwards, not back. We have to: there are pages to fill, readers to court, deadlines to meet. But publication of a 300th issue of a literary review invites retrospection, if More

Richard Walsh reviews 'What Editors Do: The art, craft, and business of book editing' edited by Peter Ginna

Richard Walsh
27 March 2018

This is an American book and no doubt primarily aimed at those interested in how American publishing works, and specifically at those interested in gaining employment there or upgrading th More

Richard Walsh reviews 'Memoirs' by Mike Willesee

Richard Walsh
19 December 2017

Mike Willesee has been one of the giants of the Australian media for over half a century. He was a major force in television for most of those years; but he began his life in print journal More

Richard Walsh reviews 'Wednesdays with Bob' by Bob Hawke and Derek Rielly

Richard Walsh
23 November 2017

This is a book with a strange genesis. Its author, Derek Rielly, explains that he confessed to an agent one night that he’d always wanted to meet Bob Hawke. Her response was: ‘I know a More

Publisher of the Month with Richard Walsh

Australian Book Review
30 August 2017

What was your pathway to publishing? In 1971 I founded the weekly newspaper that became Nation Review. Soon afterwards my proprietor, Gordon Barton, acquired Angus & Robertson More

Shaun Crowe reviews 'Reboot: A democracy makeover to empower Australia’s voters' by Richard Walsh

Shaun Crowe
29 August 2017

For the past few years, teaching at the Australian National University, I have asked first year politics students whether they would personally consider joining a political party. The question usually produces a few enthusiastic Labor activists, one or two Greens members, and the odd brave Young Liberal. Once, a student flirted with the Sex Party. But the overwhelmi ... More

Letters to the Editor - May 2016

26 April 2016

Letters to the Editor in the May issue of Australian Book Review

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