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January–February 2022, no. 439

January–February 2022, no. 439

Welcome to ABR’s summer-sized first issue of the year. Diaries and letters abound, with Lisa Gorton delving into the final instalment of Helen Garner’s published journals, and Brenda Niall reflecting on Martyn Lyon’s epistolary collection of letters sent to Robert Menzies during his prime ministership. In poetry, ABR is delighted to publish the stunning poems shortlisted for the 2022 Peter Porter Poetry Prize, as well as reviews of new collections by Tracy K. Smith, A. Frances Johnson, and David Musgrave. Elsewhere, in historical musings, Mark McKenna looks at Doug Munro’s chronicle of the scandalous stand-off between publisher Peter Ryan and historian Manning Clark. And in fiction we have reviews of new works by John le Carré, Louise Erdrich, Hannah Kent, and Wole Soyinka. Plus much more!


Full Contents

Essay Collection

These Precious Days by Ann Patchett


This Much Is True by Miriam Margolyes


Horizontal Vertigo: A city called Mexico by Juan Villoro, translated by Alfred MacAdam


Law in a Time of Crisis by Jonathan Sumption


Democracy Rules by Jan-Werner Müller

Essay Collection

Buried Not Dead by Fiona McGregor


Save As by A. Frances Johnson


Selected Poems by David Musgrave


Devotion by Hannah Kent


The Sentence by Louise Erdrich


Silverview by John le Carré


An interview with Anna Clark

by Australian Book Review
Graphic Novel

Kent State by Derf Backderf & Underground by Mirranda Burton


Landslide by Michael Wolff & Peril by Bob Woodward and Robert Costa


What Is History, Now?: How the past and present speak to each other edited by Helen Carr and Suzannah Lipscomb


Frances Burke: Designer of modern textiles by Nanette Carter and Robyn Oswald-Jacobs

Literary Studies

How to Read a Poem: Seven steps by Thomas H. Ford

Peter Porter Poetry Prize

The 2022 Shortlist