April 2020, no. 420

April 2020, no. 420

The April issue of ABR appears at a time of enormous crisis and seclusion around the world. Never has good journalism or creative writing been more important. In 'Coronavirus and Australian Book Review', the Editor outlines how the magazine is responding to Covid-19. Elsewhere in the issue, Jenny Hocking (Gough Whitlam's biographer) writes about John Kerr and the Palace Letters, and Johanna Leggatt laments the likely closure of AAP, with its ominous consequences for media diversity and investigative journalism. We have reviews of new books by Felicity Plunkett, Cassandra Pybus, Tom Keneally, Lydia Davis, and many more.

Full Contents

Interview

Open Page with Cassandra Pybus

by Australian Book Review
Fiction

Below Deck by Sophie Hardcastle

Philosophy

The Grass Library by David Brooks

Memoir

Last Stop Auschwitz: My story of survival from within the camp by Eddy de Wind, translated by David Colmer

Memoir

Uncanny Valley by Anna Wiener

Interview

Ali Alizadeh is Poet of the Month

by Australian Book Review
Poetry

A Kinder Sea by Felicity Plunkett

Fiction

The Hypermarket by Gabriel García Ochoa

Fiction

The Coconut Children by Vivian Pham

Fiction

The Good Turn by Dervla McTiernan

Fiction

The Loudness of Unsaid Things by Hilde Hinton

Fiction

Amnesty by Aravind Adiga

Fiction

The Dickens Boy by Tom Keneally

Fiction

Desire Lines by Felicity Volk

Essays

Blueberries by Ellena Savage

Essays

Essays One by Lydia Davis

Letter collection

The Letters of Cole Porter edited by Cliff Eisen and Dominic McHugh

Military History

Staring at God: Britain in the Great War by Simon Heffer

Military History

The Great War: Aftermath and commemoration edited by Carolyn Holbrook and Keir Reeves

Indigenous Studies

Truganini: Journey through the apocalypse by Cassandra Pybus

Letters

Letters to the Editor

by Carla Lipsig-Mumme, Michael Henry, Ben Brooker, Michael Morley, Vivian Morrigan, Yves Rees
Society

Going Dark by Julia Ebner & Antisocial by Andrew Marantz

Music

British Music Criticism and Intellectual Thought 1850–1950 edited by Jeremy Dibble and Julian Horton