Ilana Snyder reviews 'Jean Blackburn: Education, feminism and social justice' by Craig Campbell and Debra Hayes

Ilana Snyder
27 August 2019

In the foundation Jean Blackburn Memorial Lecture in 2014, David Gonski observed that Australian schooling was unfairly funded – that the money wasn’t going where it was needed. To our More

Kári Gíslason reviews 'Henrik Ibsen: The man and the mask' by Ivo de Figueiredo, translated by Robert Ferguson

Kári Gíslason
27 August 2019
One of the strongest markers of identity in my birthplace, Iceland, is the idea of independence. The country takes great pride in how it reacquired full independence from Denmark in 1944; one More

Morag Fraser reviews 'Cultural Amnesia: Notes in the margin of my time' by Clive James

Morag Fraser
16 August 2019

Conversation is the raison d’être of this monumental monologue. But you might not think so if you read only the reviews. Splenetic, greensick criticism – and there has been p More

Neal Blewett reviews 'Thoughtlines: Reflections of a public man' by Bob Carr

Neal Blewett
14 August 2019

As W.H. Auden observed more than forty years ago: ‘To the man-in-the-street, who, I’m sorry to say, / Is a keen observer of lif More

David Day reviews 'John Gorton: He did it his way' by Ian Hancock

David Day
14 August 2019

Robert Menzies cast such a large shadow that the contribution of his immediate successors has tended to be belittled, if not forgot More

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews three books on Charmaine Clift

Kerryn Goldsworthy
14 August 2019

‘AT NIGHT,’ wrote Charmian Clift one summer in the late 1950s on the Greek island of Hydra where she lived with her husband and More

Neal Blewett reviews 'A Thinking Reed' by Barry Jones

Neal Blewett
08 August 2019

Gough Whitlam is idolised, Bob Hawke respected, and Paul Keating admired, but Barry Jones is undoubtedly the most loved by the Labo More

Gillian Whitlock reviews 'Faith: Faith Bandler, gentle activist' by Marilyn Lake

Gillian Whitlock
07 August 2019

I came to this book after reading Don Watson’s biography of Paul Keating. On the cover of Recollections of a Bleeding More

Richard Freadman reviews 'Rose Boys' by Peter Rose

Richard Freadman
07 August 2019

In February 1974, Robert Rose, a twenty-two-year-old Australian Rules footballer and Victorian state cri More

Peter Steele reviews 'East of Time' by Jacob G. Rosenberg

Peter Steele
06 August 2019

Most of a lifetime ago, I read of an exhibit at the Bell Telephone headquarters. It consisted of a box from which, at the turning o More

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