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Geoff Page reviews The Tomb of the Unknown Artist by Andy Kissane

Geoff Page
23 May 2019

Andy Kissane, who (with Belle Ling) shared the 2019 Peter Porter Poetry Prize, is one of Australia’s most moving poets. He is unfailingly empathetic, a master of poetic narrative – and More

Daniel May reviews Black Saturday: Not the end of the story by Peg Fraser

Daniel May
23 May 2019

Stories are at the heart of Peg Fraser’s compassionate and thoughtful book about Strathewen and the 2009 Black Saturday bushfires. The initial impression gained by the subtitle, Not More

Jacinta Mulders reviews The Shining Wall by Melissa Ferguson

Jacinta Mulders
22 April 2019

In Melissa Ferguson’s impressive sci-fi début, wealthy, tech-enhanced Homo sapiens cordon themselves off behind a shining wall. In the desert outside their City (‘City 1’), ‘Demi- More

Frank Bongiorno reviews From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia got compulsory voting by Judith Brett

Frank Bongiorno
18 April 2019

In July 1924, a Tasmanian senator from the conservative Nationalist Party, Herbert Payne, introduced a bill to bring about compulsory voting in Australian national elections. His proposal More

Paul Collins reviews New Jerusalem by Paul Ham

Paul Collins
25 March 2019

The link between fundamentalist religion, violence, and madness is well established. The conviction of absolute truth becomes especially toxic when believers are convinced that the end of More

Jen Webb reviews Blakwork by Alison Whittaker and Walking with Camels: The story of Bertha Strehlow by Leni Shilton

Jen Webb
25 March 2019

Alison Whittaker’s début collection, Lemons in the Chicken Wire (2015), introduced a genuinely new voice to Australian poetry: that of a Gomeroi woman, a Fulbright scholar, and More

Jacinta Mulders reviews The Hollow Bones by Leah Kaminsky

Jacinta Mulders
25 March 2019

Leah Kaminsky’s novel The Hollow Bones focuses on Ernst Schäfer, a German who was sent to Tibet by Himmler in the late 1930s, outwardly to collect plant and animal specimens; s More

Mark Gibeau reviews The Rise and Fall of Modern Japanese Literature by John Whittier Treat

Mark Gibeau
25 February 2019

In his 1998 book, Japanese Literature as ‘fluctuation’ (‘Yuragi’ no nihon bungaku), Komori Yōichi deconstructs the concept of ‘modern Japanese literature’ by More

Jacinta Mulders reviews Troll Hunting by Ginger Gorman

Jacinta Mulders
25 February 2019

Ginger Gorman’s book-length piece of investigative journalism, Troll Hunting: Inside the world of online hate and its human fallout, arose from her experiences as a victim of cy More

Geoff Page reviews Green Shadows and Other Poems by Gerald Murnane

Geoff Page
25 February 2019

There has been a long and often troubled history of poets writing novels and novelists writing poetry. The skills needed are very different and equally hard to learn. Few writers have made More

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