August 2021, no. 434

August 2021, no. 434

The August issue offers readers a feast of fiction, along with the magazine’s usual probing commentary and criticism. The issue features all three stories shortlisted for the Elizabeth Jolley Short Story Prize, as well as reviews of new books by Rachel Cusk, Tony Birch, Bill Birtles and ABR Rising Star Sarah Walker. In non-fiction, Stephen Bennetts highlights one of the overlooked contexts for the debate over Bruce Pascoe’s Dark Emu, while Michael Dwyer recounts Australian journalists’ enduring fascination with China. The risks of border crossing are also weighed by Elisabeth Holdsworth and Seumas Spark in their reviews of recent books on the history of transportation. Brenda Walker and Jim Davidson pay tributes to the achievements of Hazel Rowley and Robin Boyd, respectively, and there are poems by Joan Fleming, John Kinsella, and Laurie Duggan – as well as plenty more!


Full Contents

Letters to the Editor

by Judith Bishop, James Jiang
Australian History

Farmers or Hunter-gatherers?: The Dark Emu debate by Peter Sutton and Keryn Walshe

Literary Studies

Along Heroic Lines by Christopher Ricks

Literary Studies

Life as Art: The biographical writing of Hazel Rowley by Della Rowley and Lynn Buchanan

Literary Studies

Burning Man: The ascent of D.H. Lawrence by Frances Wilson

Literary Studies

Alexander Pope in the Making by Joseph Hone


In the Land of the Cyclops by Karl Ove Knausgaard


Shakespeare and East Asia by Alexa Alice Joubin


After The Australian Ugliness edited by Naomi Stead, Tom Lee, Ewan McEoin, and Megan Patty


Doom by Niall Ferguson & The Premonition by Michael Lewis


Fish Work by Caitlin Maling & Earth Dwellers by Kristen Lang


Second Place by Rachel Cusk


Dark as Last Night by Tony Birch


The Tribute by John Byron


The Other Half of You by Michael Mohammed Ahmad


Animal by Lisa Taddeo

Short Stories

The Penguin Book of Spanish Short Stories edited by Margaret Jull Costa