September 2020, no. 424

September 2020, no. 424

Welcome to the September issue of ABR! Our cover story, written by well-known musician and musicologist Peter Tregear, concerns the plight of classical music in the age of Covid-19. Music – like theatre and opera and film – has been devastated (silenced almost) by new restrictions and social isolation. When the lockdown is over, what will be retrievable, and will the repertoire be fundamentally reshaped? Peter Rose, in a diary piece, worries about the new era of conformism and prohibition and asks, ‘What personal freedoms are being sacrificed along the way?’ Megan Clement is underwhelmed by Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala’s new book on women and leadership. We publish Kate Middleton’s poignant essay ‘The Dolorimeter’, runner-up in the 2020 Calibre Essay Prize. And Don Anderson, Morag Fraser, and James Bradley review new novels by Kate Grenville, Amanda Lohrey, and David Mitchell, respectively.

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Full Contents

France

Notre-Dame: The soul of France by Agnès Poirier

Classics

The Spartans by Andrew J. Bayliss

Shakespeare

The Child in Shakespeare by Charlotte Scott

Poetry

Homer Street by Laurie Duggan

Calibre Prize

The Dolorimeter

Philosophy

Spinoza’s Ethics edited by Clare Carlisle, translated by George Eliot

Literary Studies

Gail Jones: Word, image, ethics by Tanya Dalziell

Fiction

The Burning Island by Jock Serong

Fiction

Nancy by Bruno Lloret, translated by Ellen Jones

Fiction

We Were Never Friends by Margaret Bearman

Fiction

Utopia Avenue by David Mitchell

Fiction

The Labyrinth by Amanda Lohrey

Fiction

In the Time of Foxes by Jo Lennan

Fiction

A Room Made of Leaves by Kate Grenville

Essays

Figure It Out: Essays by Wayne Koestenbaum

Biography

Bauman: A biography by Izabela Wagner

Essays

Intimations: Six essays by Zadie Smith

Biography

David Campbell: A life of the poet by Jonathan Persse

Politics

Why Do We Still Have the Electoral College? by Alexander Keyssar

International Studies

The Road by John Martinkus & Too Close to Ignore edited by Mark Moran and Jodie Curth-Bibb

Politics

Women and Leadership: Real lives, real lessons by Julia Gillard and Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala

Advances

News from ABR

Short Stories

Ordinary Matter by Laura Elvery

Anthology

After Australia edited by Michael Mohammed Ahmad