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Glyn Davis reviews Prime Movers: From Pericles to Gandhi by Ferdinand Mount

Glyn Davis
25 March 2019

Describe the twelve most influential thinkers who shaped Western political traditions. Chaos must ensue. Your list will be outrageous, but mine also. Consider whom you leave off the roll-c More

Rose Lucas reviews The Last Wave by Gillian Best

Rose Lucas
28 February 2019

Gilian Best’s début novel, The Last WaveMore

Jack Callil reviews Hare's Fur by Trevor Shearston

Jack Callil
25 February 2019

Hare’s Fur is about what follows grief. Russell Bass, a seventy-two-year-old potter, lives alone in Katoomba. Adele and Michael, his wife and child, have both died. Time st More

David Haworth reviews Zebra & other Stories by Debra Adelaide

David Haworth
25 February 2019

As the United States tears itself to pieces over a proposed wall, which has in recent months transmogrified into a steel fence, here in Australia we have no right to be smug or to rubberne More

Tali Lavi reviews Imperfect: How our bodies shape the people we become by Lee Kofman

Tali Lavi
25 February 2019

A marble statue of a crouching Venus disfigured by age and circumstance appears on the cover of Lee Kofman’s Imperfect. The goddess of love and beauty is a ruin, although one ca More

Nick Haslam reviews The Gendered Brain by Gina Rippon

Nick Haslam
25 February 2019

A few intellectually superior women exist, conceded nineteenth-century anthropologist Gustav Le Bon, but ‘they are as exceptional as the birth of any monstrosity, as, for example, of a g More

Johanna Leggatt reviews The Thinking Woman by Julienne van Loon

Johanna Leggatt
25 February 2019

Novelist and academic Julienne van Loon does not doubt that the thinking woman is ‘alive and well’, but when she scans the (mostly) male names in bookstore philosophy sections and the More

David McInnis reviews Tyrant: Shakespeare on Power by Stephen Greenblatt

David McInnis
25 February 2019

In 2017, Oskar Eustis directed the Public Theater production of Julius Caesar – a play that pivots on the assassination of a political leader – in Central Park with a lead act More

Jennifer Strauss reviews The Feather Boy & Other Poems by Judith Rodriguez

Jennifer Strauss
25 February 2019

Judith Rodriguez, who died in November 2018, was a champion of other people’s causes: the right to be heard, the right to freedom from persecution, the right to refuge when such freedom More

Amy Baillieu reviews You Know You Want This by Kristen Roupenian

Amy Baillieu
22 February 2019

'If you think you know what this collection will be like, you’re wrong,’ Carmen Maria Machado (author of the brilliant < More

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