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March 2021, no. 429

March 2021, no. 429

Welcome to the March issue of Australian Book Review. Highlights include young Melbourne historian Samuel Watts’s shocked response to the storming of the US Capitol on January 6, to which he brings a needed historical perspective, reminding us that this was not the first time that racists and insurrectionists sought to disrupt the democratic process. Peter Tregear – at a time of great stress and uncertainty in the higher education sector – reviews a new history of Australian universities. Sarah Maddison reviews Henry Reynolds’s new book, in which he calls for ‘truth-telling’ about Australia’s history. Gerard Windsor reviews Murray Bail’s new memoir, He. Beejay Silcox reviews Kazuo Ishiguro’s new novel, Klara and the Sun, and we also review fiction by Trevor Shearston, Viet Thanh Nguyen, and Karen Wyld. Paul Kildea writes about the new production of Bitten’s opera A Midsummer Night’s Dream in Adelaide, and Michael Morley recalls the night he met John le Carré.



Full Contents

Science and Technology

There Are Places in the World Where Rules Are Less Important Than Kindness by Carlo Rovelli, translated by Erica Segre and Simon Carnell


Killing Sydney by Elizabeth Farrelly & Sydney (Second Edition) by Delia Falconer

Environmental Studies

Summertime: Reflections on a vanishing future by Danielle Celermajer

Environmental Studies

The Anthropocene by Julia Adeney Thomas, Mark Williams, and Jan Zalasiewicz & Diary of a Young Naturalist by Dara McAnulty


Where the Fruit Falls by Karen Wyld

Short Stories

Hold Your Fire by Chloe Wilson


The Performance by Claire Thomas


The Committed by Viet Thanh Nguyen


The Beach Caves by Trevor Shearston


Klara and the Sun by Kazuo Ishiguro


He. by Murray Bail


Englishness: The political force transforming Britain by Ailsa Henderson and Richard Wyn Jones


Australian Universities: A history of common cause by Gwilym Croucher and James Waghorne


The Politics of Veteran Benefits in the Twentieth Century: A comparative history by Martin Crotty, Neil J. Diamant, and Mark Edele

Essay Collection

Women of a Certain Rage edited by Liz Byrski


Dearly by Margaret Atwood


Suppose a Sentence by Brian Dillon


The Legacy of Douglas Grant by John Ramsland


Letters to the Editor

by Dennis Altman, Karen Robinson, Patrick Hockey, Jenny Esots, Barney Zwartz