January–February 2021, no. 428

January–February 2021, no. 428

Welcome to our summer issue – the first of 2021. On our cover is Peter Porter, to complement the five poems shortlisted in the 2021 Porter Prize. This year’s shortlist is wonderfully diverse, with poets from Australia, Canada and the United States. Elsewhere, Jon Piccini reviews two very different readings of the Palace Letters. Timothy J. Lynch lauds Barack Obama’s memoirs as the best presidential memoirs since Ulysses S. Grant’s, but notes a certain elephant in the room – Donald Trump and the spectre of Trumpism. Louise Milligan is our Open Page guest this month, and Beejay Silcox reviews Milligan’s new book, Witness, a searing account of the brutal cost of seeking justice in this country – especially for witnesses. Tim Byrne considers the early, rambunctious years of Nick Cave. We also review new novels by Garry Disher, Ceridwen Dovey, Dennis Glover and Anna MacDonald.

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Full Contents

Language

Suppose a Sentence by Brian Dillon

Biography

The Legacy of Douglas Grant by John Ramsland

Politics

Trust: America’s best chance by Pete Buttigieg

Memoir

Soar: A life freed by dance by David McAllister with Amanda Dunn

Society

Reconnected: A community builder’s handbook by Andrew Leigh and Nick Terrell

Philosophy

Time of the Magicians: The invention of modern thought, 1919–1929 by Wolfram Eilenberger, translated by Shaun Whiteside

Philosophy

On Getting Off: Sex and philosophy by Damon Young

Environmental Studies

Living with the Anthropocene: Love, loss and hope in the face of the environmental crisis edited by Cameron Muir, Kirsten Wehner, and Jenny Newell

Fiction

Poly by Paul Dalgarno

Fiction

At the Edge of the Solid World by Daniel Davis Wood

Fiction

Mother Tongue by Joyce Kornblatt

Fiction

Factory 19 by Dennis Glover

Fiction

A Jealous Tide by Anna MacDonald

Fiction

Song of the Crocodile by Nardi Simpson

Fiction

Life After Truth by Ceridwen Dovey

Fiction

Consolation by Garry Disher

Memoir

Untwisted: The story of my life by Paul Jennings

Memoir

Son of the Brush: A memoir by Tim Olsen

Biography

Boy on Fire: The young Nick Cave by Mark Mordue

Society

Tjanimaku Tjukurpa: How one young man came good by the Ngaanyatjarra Pitjantjatjara Yankunytjatjara Women’s Council

Memoir

A Promised Land by Barack Obama

Politics

A Secret Australia: Revealed by the WikiLeaks exposés edited by Felicity Ruby and Peter Cronau

Politics

The Truth of the Palace Letters by Paul Kelly and Troy Bramston & The Palace Letters by Jenny Hocking

ABR News

by Australian Book Review
Letters

Letters to the Editor

by Michael Halliwell, Ben Brooker, Antoinette Halloran, Helen Balzer, Katherine Vowles, Hayley Smith, Lara Stevens, Judith Thomas, Daniel Howard