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Francesca Sasnaitis reviews Invented Lives by Andrea Goldsmith

Francesca Sasnaitis
25 March 2019

John Berger describes emigration as ‘the quintessential experience of our time’ (And Our Faces, My Heart, Brief as Photos, 1984), and gives credence to the concept that geogra More

Russell Blackford reviews Trigger Warnings: Political correctness and the rise of the right by Jeff Sparrow

Russell Blackford
04 March 2019

Whatever benefits it has brought, aggressive globalisation has also dislocated industries, wrecked communities, and fostered social alienation. Large numbers of working-class, blue-collar, More

Jack Callil reviews Hare's Fur by Trevor Shearston

Jack Callil
25 February 2019

Hare’s Fur is about what follows grief. Russell Bass, a seventy-two-year-old potter, lives alone in Katoomba. Adele and Michael, his wife and child, have both died. Time st More

Alexandra Roginski reviews 'Empire of Enchantment: The story of Indian magic' by John Zubrzycki

Alexandra Roginski
20 December 2018

Almost before drawing breath, we meet two troupes of Indian magicians. One appears in the court of the Emperor Jahangir, early seventeenth-century Mughal ruler and aficionado of magic. In More

Tali Lavi reviews 'Insomnia' by Marina Benjamin

Tali Lavi
18 December 2018

The morning I begin to read Insomnia, a darkly thrilling beauty of a book, the sky turns a duckblue albumen. Domestic hush and personal restlessness coexist. This tension of duali More

James Walter reviews 'Tiberius with a Telephone: The life and stories of William McMahon' by Patrick Mullins

James Walter
18 December 2018

Billy McMahon, Australia’s twentieth prime minister, held the post for less than two years (March 1971–December 1972). In surveys of both public esteem and professional opinion, he is More

Morag Fraser reviews 'Dark Victory' by David Marr and Marian Wilkinson

Morag Fraser
26 October 2018

Dark Victory opens with a coup: in a deep-etched narrative, joint – and seamless – authors David Marr and Marian Wilkinson make human beings out of the anonymous acronyms of John Howard’s border protect More

Gillian Terzis reviews 'The New Front Page' by Tim Dunlop

Gillian Terzis
19 September 2013

Ten years ago, if you moved in certain journalistic circles, calling yourself a blogger was about as popular as leprosy. Few in the industry had respect for the platform, and fewer s More

Gideon Haigh reviews 'Sideshow: Dumbing down democracy' by Lindsay Tanner

Gideon Haigh
24 May 2011

Bill Clinton discouraged politicians from picking fights with people who bought their ink by the barrel. Mindful of that advice, Lindsay Tanner has waited until the end of a career dedicat More

Chris Flynn reviews 'The Best Australian Stories 2010' edited by Cate Kennedy and 'New Australian Stories 2' edited by Aviva Tuffield

Chris Flynn
04 May 2011

Amore appropriate moniker for this year’s Black Inc. collection might be ‘Bleak Australian Stories 2010’. Either the editor’s taste runs More

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