August 2020, no. 423

August 2020, no. 423

Welcome to the August issue of ABR – an unusually long issue full of reviews, literary news, and creative writing, including the three stories shortlisted in the ABR Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, to be announced on August 13. Our shortlisted authors are C.J. Garrow, Simone Hollander, and Mykaela Saunders. Happily, the Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund – a long-time supporter of ABR – has enabled us to expand our commentary material with a most welcome grant. This month we lead with a major article by historian Georgina Arnott on the legacies of British slavery and their implications for Australia. James Ley laments the federal governments vendetta against the arts, the ABC, and the humanities. And Kieran Pender writes about the legal profession’s #MeToo moment in the wake of the Dyson Heydon revelations.

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Full Contents

Journal

Meanjin Quarterly: Volume 79, Issue 2 edited by Jonathan Green

Journal

Island 159 edited by Vern Field

Poetry

Shorter Lives by John A. Scott

Economics

Good Economics for Hard Times: Better answers to our biggest problems by Abhijit V. Banerjee and Esther Duflo

History

The Colonial Kangaroo Hunt by Ken Gelder and Rachael Weaver

Jolley Prize

River Story

Jolley Prize

Hieroglyph

Jolley Prize

Egg Timer

Fiction

Benevolence by Julie Janson

Fiction

Murmurations by Carol Lefevre

Fiction

The Fogging by Luke Horton

Fiction

Sorry for Your Trouble by Richard Ford

Fiction

The Last Migration by Charlotte McConaghy

Literary Studies

J.M. Coetzee by Anthony Uhlmann & A Book of Friends edited by Dorothy Driver

Letters

Letters to the Editor

by Ian Campbell, Nicholas Jose, Ben Brooker, Alex Miller, Judith Masters, Roger Rees, Kim Harris, James Ley
Biography

Warhol: A life as art by Blake Gopnik

Fiction

Kokomo by Victoria Hannan

Memoir

Inferno by Catherine Cho

Poetry

Fire Front: First Nations poetry and power today edited by Alison Whittaker