March 2020, no. 419

March 2020, no. 419

Welcome to the fiery March 2020 issue of ABR! Our cover features a luminous, shocking photo from the New South Wales bushfires. Award-winning historian Tom Griffiths writes about this ‘season of reckoning’ during which we saw ‘the best and worst of Australia: the instinctive strength of bush communities and the manipulative malevolence of fossil-fuelled politicians’. Elsewhere, Dominic Kelly writes about privilege and The Economist; Yves Rees reviews several trans memoirs; and we have reviews of new novels by Louise Erdrich, Anne Enright, Philip Pullman, Evie Wyld, and Catherine Noske.

Full Contents


The Australian Musical from the Beginning by Peter Pinne and Peter Wyllie Johnston


Rogue Intensities by Angela Rockel

Publisher of the Month

An interview with Jane Curry

Literary Studies

Christina Stead and the Matter of America by Fiona Morrison


True West by David Whish-Wilson


The Bass Rock by Evie Wyld


The Salt Madonna by Catherine Noske

Short Stories

Collected Stories by Louis Nowra


The Espionage Act: New poems by Jennifer Maiden


Actress by Anne Enright


The Night Watchman by Louise Erdrich


Letters to the Editor

by Dennis Altman, Matthew Castle, and Andrew Broertjes

In the Dream House: A memoir by Carmen Maria Machado