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Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews Fled by Meg Keneally

Kerryn Goldsworthy
23 May 2019

In 1961 the great Australian poet Judith Wright published an influential essay called ‘The Upside-down Hut’ that would puzzle contemporary readers. The basis of its argument was that A More

Lisa Bennett reviews Exhalation by Ted Chiang

Lisa Bennett
23 May 2019
Mainstream science fiction is a genre that thrives on quantity as much as quality. Such narratives pose the deepest questions; as Douglas Adams once famously put it, these are stories about L More

Alex Cothren reviews Simpson Returns: A novella by Wayne Macauley

Alex Cothren
21 April 2019

Care and compassion, a fair go, freedom, honesty, trustworthiness, respect, and tolerance. These were the nine ‘Australian values’ that former Liberal Opposition Leader Brendan Nelson More

Ben Brooker reviews Remembered Presences: Responses to theatre by Alison Croggon

Ben Brooker
21 April 2019

When Alison Croggon’s theatre review blog Theatre Notes closed in late 2012 after eight years in existence, its demise was met with a response akin to grief. The first blog of its kind i More

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews A History of South Australia by Paul Sendziuk and Robert Foster

Kerryn Goldsworthy
25 March 2019

The first volume in this series, Beverley Kingston’s A History of New South Wales, was published in 2006. Since then another five have appeared, including a book on Tasmania by More

Philip Jones reviews Capturing Nature: Early scientific photography at the Australian Museum 1857–1893 by Vanessa Finney

Philip Jones
25 March 2019

The photographic resources of museums and their archives have emerged as key sources for studying the natural world and human cultures, particularly as those studies have widened to includ More

Kerryn Goldsworthy reviews The Year of The Beast by Steven Carroll

Kerryn Goldsworthy
22 February 2019

In his 2017 essay ‘Notes for a Novel’, illuminatingly added as a kind of afterword at the end of this book, Steven Carroll recalls a dream that he had twenty years ago. It was this dre More

Paul Williams reviews Born to Rule? by Paddy Manning

Paul Williams
22 February 2019

Future generations of readers will invariably look back in awe at the second decade of twenty-first-century Australian politics for its ridiculous revolving door of prime ministers. Person More

Prudence Flowers reviews Civilizing Torture: An American tradition by W. Fitzhugh Brundage

Prudence Flowers
01 February 2019

The Eighth Amendment to the United States Constitution, ratified in 1791, prohibits the use of ‘cruel and unusual punishments’. General Order No. 100 (the Lieber Code of 1863) declares More

Danielle Clode reviews 'Tales from the Inner City' by Shaun Tan

Danielle Clode
31 December 2018

It is hard to think of a more distinctive and idiosyncratic author than Western Australian Shaun Tan. Winner of the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award for children’s literature, More