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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


Heide by Π.O.


Beauty by Bri Lee


In Whom We Trust by John Clanchy


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


The Sea and Us by Catherine de Saint Phalle


Damascus by Christos Tsiolkas


The Topeka School by Ben Lerner


Gulpilil by Derek Rielly

Essay Collection

Life: Selected writings by Tim Flannery

Essay Collection

Womerah Lane: Lives and landscapes by Tom Carment


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

Publisher Picks of 2019

by Robert Watkins et al.

Letters to the Editor

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