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Paul Williams reviews Plots And Prayers: Malcolm Turnbull’s demise and Scott Morrison’s ascension by Niki Savva

Paul Williams
19 July 2019

It’s a challenge to navigate the maze of books published after an election as winners and losers pore over the entrails of victor More

Ilana Snyder reviews Antisemitism: Here and now by Deborah Lipstadt

Ilana Snyder
07 June 2019

Holocaust historian Deborah Lipstadt is renowned as the woman who defeated David More

Michael Sexton reviews Robert Menzies: The art of politics by Troy Bramston

Michael Sexton
23 May 2019
There have been at least half a dozen previous biographies of Robert Menzies, but Troy Bramston’s new life of Australia’s longest-serving prime minister is arguably the most attractive co More

Michael Sexton reviews Robert Menzies: The art of politics by Troy Bramston

Michael Sexton
01 July 2009
There have been at least half a dozen previous biographies of Robert Menzies, but Troy Bramston’s new life of Australia’s longest-serving prime minister is arguably the most attractive co More

Jim Davidson reviews An Unconventional Wife: The life of Julia Sorell Arnold by Mary Hoban

Jim Davidson
22 April 2019

The name of Julia Sorell – the granddaughter of an early governor – never quite died in Tasmania. A faint memory survived of a high-spirited young woman who was the belle of Hobart, a woman who broke hearts and en More

Chris Flynn reviews four new crime novels

Chris Flynn
21 April 2019

The plethora of crime stories is such that, in order to succeed, they must either follow a well-trodden narrative path and do so extremely well, or run with a high concept and hope for the More

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

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