January–February 2020, no. 418

January–February 2020, no. 418

Welcome to the January–February issue of ABR – our first issue of the new decade. Most prominently, this edition features the shortlisted poems of the 2020 Peter Porter Poetry Prize. This year the shortlisted poets are Lachlan Brown, Claire G. Coleman, A. Frances Johnson, Julie Manning, and Ross Gillett. Other highlights include Publishers Picks: a list of the finest books of the year as selected by senior publishers and editors. The issue also features Kerryn Goldsworthy’s review of Damascus, the latest work by Australian author Christos Tsiolkas; Suzy Freeman-Green’s take on Bri Lee’s dissection of contemporary beauty standards; Stephen Bennetts’s look at Derek Rielly’s biography of the venerated actor David Gulpilil; and much more.

Full Contents

Poetry

Heide by Π.O.

Publisher Picks of 2019

by Robert Watkins et al.
Society

Beauty by Bri Lee

Fiction

In Whom We Trust by John Clanchy

Fiction

See You at the Toxteth by Peter Corris, selected by Jean Bedford & The Red Hand by Peter Temple

Fiction

The Sea and Us by Catherine de Saint Phalle

Fiction

Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas

Fiction

The Topeka School by Ben Lerner

Biography

Gulpilil by Derek Rielly

Essays

Life: Selected writings by Tim Flannery

History

The First Wave: Exploring early coastal contact history in Australia edited by Gillian Dooley and Danielle Clode

Letters

Letters to the Editor

by Margaret Simons, Angela Woollacott, David Bradford, Michael K. Launer, and Sheila Fitzpatrick