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December 2022, no. 449

December 2022, no. 449

Welcome to the December issue of ABR. This month we celebrate the books of the year, as chosen by thirty-six ABR writers and critics including Frances Wilson, Tony Birch, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, Yves Rees, and Sheila Fitzpatrick. The issue opens with a strong editorial by Peter Rose voicing concerns about the Prime Minister’s Literary Awards and a thoughtful examination of Labor’s new anti-corruption bill by Stephen Charles SC. The issue also covers new works of biography and memoir with Zora Simic on Grace Tame’s memoir, Patrick Mullins on a biography of Lachlan Murdoch, and Jacqueline Kent on Bryce Courtenay. December also includes reviews of new fiction by Inga Simpson, Fiona McFarlane, Fiona Kelly McGregor (our Open Page interview subject), and much more.


Full Contents

Open Page

An interview with Fiona Kelly McGregor

by Australian Book Review
Essay Collection

Wandering With Intent: Essays by Kim Mahood


Ordinary Time by Anthony Lawrence and Audrey Molloy

Literary Studies

Novelist as a Vocation by Haruki Murakami, translated by Philip Gabriel and Ted Goossen


Demon Copperhead by Barbara Kingsolver


Iris by Fiona Kelly McGregor


Willowman by Inga Simpson


The BBC by David Hendy & This Is The BBC by Simon Potter

Books of the Year

Books of the Year 2022

by Kieran Pender et al.

Jeremy Bentham and Australia edited by Tim Causer, Margot Finn, and Philip Schofield & Panopticon versus New South Wales and Other Writings on Australia edited by Tim Causer and Philip Schofield


Bryce Courtenay: Storyteller by Catherine Courtenay


Rilke: The last inward man by Lesley Chamberlain


Advances - December 2022

by Australian Book Review

Letters to the Editor - December 2022

by Australian Book Review
Graphic Novels

Stone Fruit by Lee Lai & Men I Trust by Tommi Parrish


The Sun Walks Down by Fiona McFarlane


Kin: Thinking with Deborah Bird Rose edited by Thom van Dooren and Matthew Chrulew


Venomous Lumpsucker by Ned Beauman