November 2019, no. 416

November 2019, no. 416

Welcome to our November issue. Timelily, given recent concerns about government intimidation of whistleblowers and journalists, we lead with a strong article by Kieran Pender on the culture of secrecy and the need for vigilance and protest – not apathy and accommodation. Elsewhere, ABR Fellow Felicity Plunkett reviews Charlotte Wood’s new novel, and last year’s Fellow, Beejay Silcox, reviews the most ballyhooed book of the year, Margaret Atwood’s The Testaments, which she finds wanting. In the arts section, leading arts critics and professionals name their arts highlights of the year.

Full Contents

Fiction

The House of Youssef by Yumna Kassab

Highlights of the Year

2019 Arts Highlights of the Year

by Robyn Archer et al.
Poetry

Ashbery Mode edited by Michael Farrell

Fiction

Lucky Ticket by Joey Bui

Biography

Mirka Mora: A life making art by Sabine Cotte

Biography

Thomas Harriot: A life in science by Robyn Arianrhod

Biography

Peggy Glanville-Hicks: Composer and critic by Suzanne Robinson

Fiction

The Penguin Book of Italian Short Stories edited by Jhumpa Lahiri

Fiction

A Constant Hum by Alice Bishop

Fiction

The Trespassers by Meg Mundell

Fiction

Field of Poppies by Carmel Bird

Fiction

The Weekend by Charlotte Wood

Biography

A State at Any Cost: The Life of David Ben-Gurion by Tom Segev, translated by Haim Watzman

Memoir

Other People’s Houses by Hilary McPhee

Biography

Sontag: Her life by Benjamin Moser

Letter collection

Ian Fairweather: A life in letters edited by Claire Roberts and John Thompson

Letters

Letters to the Editor

by Alan Atkinson, Joanne McDonald, Angus Forbes, Elisabeth Holdsworth, and Tim Flannery
Fiction

The Testaments by Margaret Atwood

Memoir

On Drugs by Chris Fleming

Fiction

There Was Still Love by Favel Parrett

History

Underland: A deep time journey by Robert Macfarlane