Memoir

Susan Sheridan reviews 'Do Oysters Get Bored?: A curious life' by Rozanna Lilley

Susan Sheridan
25 May 2018

At the centre of this book is Oscar, the son of Rozanna Lilley and her husband, Neil Maclean, and Oscar’s particular way of encountering the world. Unpredictably (by most people’s stan More

Paul Morgan reviews 'The year everything changed: 2001' by Phillipa McGuinness

Paul Morgan
25 May 2018

Every era imagines its own future. We always get it wrong, of course; often comically, sometimes tragically. The year 2001 was emblematic of ‘the future’ for decades, thanks to Stanley More

Susan Magarey reviews 'My Vice-Regal Life: Diaries 1978 to 1982' by Lady Anna Cowen

Susan Magarey
16 May 2018

What charming company she is, Anna Cowen – warm, energetic, amusing, enthusiastic. And what a job that must have been: partnering Zelman Cowen when Prime Minister Malcolm Fraser appointe More

Avril Alba reviews 'No Place to Lay One’s Head' by Françoise Frenkel, translated by Stephanie Smee

Avril Alba
30 April 2018

When German forces invaded France on 10 May 1940, the French signed an armistice that facilitated limited French sovereignty in the south, the section of the country not yet overrun by Ger More

James Walter reviews 'John Curtin’s War: Volume I' by John Edwards

James Walter
22 March 2018

John Curtin may be our most extensively documented prime minister. He is the subject of many biographies (including one by the author of the volume reviewed here) and countless chapters an More

Neal Blewett reviews 'Not for the Faint-hearted: A personal reflection on life, politics and purpose' by Kevin Rudd

Neal Blewett
05 March 2018

It has already become a cliché: Kevin Rudd’s memoir, 'Not for the Faint-Hearted', is not for the faint-hearted. More than 600 densely packed pages long, it contains some 230,000 words a More

Dion Kagan reviews 'Desire: A memoir' by Jonathan Dollimore

Dion Kagan
01 March 2018

In one of my pedagogical fantasies, I design the curriculum for a course called ‘Modern Theories of Desire’. My students read Marx, Beauvoir, Foucault, and Butler. They study Hegel on More

Dennis Altman reviews 'Logical Family: A memoir' by Armistead Maupin

Dennis Altman
22 February 2018

When the first volume in the Tales of the City series was published in 1978, Armistead Maupin tells us disarmingly in his new memoir, it flopped. Yet the series, which had begun a More

Danielle Clode reviews 'Adventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest expeditions' by David Attenborough

Danielle Clode
19 December 2017

David Attenborough turned ninety last year. In a short animation celebrating his birthday, two Aardman penguins muse on their first meeting with the famous naturalist. ‘There’s somethi More

Susan Wyndham reviews 'The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983–1992' by Tina Brown

Susan Wyndham
19 December 2017

Tina Brown hit the ground partying in New York when she arrived in 1983 to revive the struggling Condé Nast magazine ...

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