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Rémy Davison reviews A Certain Idea of France: The life of Charles de Gaulle by Julian Jackson

Rémy Davison
22 February 2019

There is a scene in Monty Python and the Holy Grail outside a castle, brimming with French men-at-arms, who taunt King Arthur and his knights remorselessly, while the Britons are More

Paul Kildea reviews Fryderyk Chopin: A life and times by Alan Walker

Paul Kildea
22 February 2019

The author and critic Richard Ellmann died in May 1987, a handful of months before the publication of his biography of Oscar Wilde. Twenty years in the making, the book instantly establish More

Sheridan Palmer reviews The Boy from Brunswick: Leonard French, A biography by Reg MacDonald

Sheridan Palmer
22 February 2019

Old friendships and close collaborations between author and subject can be either a blessing or a curse in biography – a tightrope between discretionary tact and open fire. Both call for intimate but balanced subjec More

Alison Stieven-Taylor reviews Visualising Human Rights edited by Jane Lydon

Alison Stieven-Taylor
22 February 2019

How do you visually portray a concept like human rights? Much of the scholarship around this question focuses on the idea that to understand what human rights might look like, we have to v More

Susan Sheridan reviews Beyond Words: A year with Kenneth Cook by Jacqueline Kent

Susan Sheridan
22 February 2019

Kenneth Cook (1929-87) was a prolific author best known for his first novel, Wake in Fright (1961), which was based on his experience as a young journalist in Broken Hill in the 1 More

James Ley reviews Exploded View by Carrie Tiffany

James Ley
22 February 2019

The term ‘exploded view’ refers to an image in a technical manual that shows all the individual parts of a machine, separates them out, but arranges them on the page so that you can se More

Michael McGirr reviews A New History of the Irish in Australia by Elizabeth Malcolm and Dianne Hall

Michael McGirr
22 February 2019

There is much to admire about this detailed and painstaking book. The authors have entered a field that is replete with stereotypes and even gags. They will have none of it. The result is More

Tom Bamforth reviews No Place Like Home: Repairing Australia’s housing crisis by Peter Mares

Tom Bamforth
15 February 2019

In his analysis of Australia’s growing urban inequality, Peter Mares recounts a conversation with a homeless man outside a train station while Mares was walking his dog. The dog is well More

'The resilience of non-fiction publishing' by Dominic Kelly

Dominic Kelly
10 February 2019

The University of Melbourne’s announcement on 30 January 2019 that Melbourne University Publishing would henceforth ‘refocus on being a high-quality scholarly press in support of the U More

Chris Murray reviews Fusion by Kate Richards

Chris Murray
25 January 2019

Fusion is the fiction début from the author of the acclaimed Madness: A memoir (2013). It draws on Australian gothic and older gothic traditions. With the meditative pos More

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