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April 2021, no. 430

April 2021, no. 430

Welcome to the April issue! In our cover story, ABR theatre critic Tim Byrne examines the ways in which Australian theatre companies are coping after lockdown and the strategies they are implementing to welcome back audiences. Senior journalist (and new ABR Board member) Johanna Leggatt reviews Alan Rusbridger’s new book in which the former editor-in-chief of the Guardian offers an uneven attempt to demythologise journalism. Shannon Burns examines Steven Carroll’s fictionalised look at the life of the woman behind the notorious French novel Story of O. Claudio Bozzi, a legal academic, looks at whether the election of Joe Biden has given cause to hope that the position of Science Advisor to the President of the United States might be returned to a position of influence after years of neglect under Donald Trump. Other reviewers include Robert Dessaix, Andrea Goldsmith, Barry Hill, Kim Mahood, and Zora Simic.


Full Contents


Cy Twombly: Making past present edited by Christine Kondoleon with Kate Nesin

Letter collection

Distant Dreams: The correspondence of Percy Grainger and Burnett Cross, 1946–60 edited by Teresa Balough and Kay Dreyfus


A History of Art History by Christopher S. Wood


An interview with Mark McKenna

by Australian Book Review

Walk Like a Cow: A memoir by Brendan Ryan


War: How conflict shaped us by Margaret MacMillan


The Penguin Book of Migration Literature edited by Dohra Ahmad


New Guinea: Nature and culture of Earth’s grandest island by Bruce M. Beehler, photography by Tim Laman


An interview with Kent MacCarter

by Australian Book Review

Grimmish by Michael Winkler

Short Stories

Smokehouse by Melissa Manning

Short Stories

Born Into This by Adam Thompson


O by Steven Carroll

Short Stories

Pushing Back by John Kinsella


The Shape of Sound by Fiona Murphy


Monsters by Alison Croggon


No Document by Anwen Crawford


Feminisms: A global history by Lucy Delap


Open Minds: Academic freedom and freedom of speech in Australia by Carolyn Evans and Adrienne Stone with Jade Roberts


Letters to the Editor

by Tricia Dearborn, Trevor Shearston, Andrew McLeod, and Andy Morton