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May 2022, no. 442

May 2022, no. 442

The May issue of ABR has arrived to keep you company while you wait in line for the next available voting booth. In our cover feature, Frank Bongiorno details how the professionalisation of politics has starved the public of leadership, while Faith Gordon makes the case for lowering the voting age. The issue casts a spotlight on secrets as difficult to face as they are to disinter – from Simon Tedeschi’s Calibre Prize-winning essay on the burden of his grandmother’s memory, to Elizabeth Tynan’s account of the atomic tests in Emu Field, to David Hill’s story of institutionalised abuse at Fairbridge Farm School. Philip Mead assesses Judith Wright’s legacy in prose, while Beejay Silcox wonders if Helen Garner has found the right rhapsodist. There’s new poetry by Michael Hofmann, Theodore Ell, and Katherine Brabon, and reviews of new fiction by Jennifer Egan, Omar Sakr, and Benjamin Stevenson. From busting crooks (political or porcine) to Buster Keaton, there’s plenty to get you through this electoral season!


Full Contents

Open Page

An interview with Chloe Hooper

by Australian Book Review

Class in Australia edited by Steven Threadgold and Jessica Gerrard

Environmental Studies

Australian Deserts: Ecology and landscapes by Steve Morton


Bedtime Story by Chloe Hooper


Stasis Shuffle by Pam Brown

Poet of the Month

An interview with Anthony Lawrence

by Australian Book Review
Verse Novel

Song of Less by Joan Fleming & Blight Street by Geoff Goodfellow


New and Selected Poems by J.S. Harry


Son of Sin by Omar Sakr


The Good Captain by Sean Rabin


The Candy House by Jennifer Egan

Literary Studies

What is American Literature? by Ilan Stavans

Literary Studies

On Helen Garner: Writers on writers by Sean O’Beirne

Literary Studies

Judith Wright: Selected writings edited by Georgina Arnott

Animal Rights

Guilty Pigs: The weird and wonderful history of animal law by Katy Barnett and Jeremy Gans


Borderless: A transnational anthology of feminist poetry edited by Saba Vasefi, Melinda Smith, and Yvette Holt


News from ABR


The Pursuit of Europe: A history by Anthony Pagden