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Chris Womersley reviews 'Truth' by Peter Temple

Chris Womersley
10 July 2019

In Peter Temple’s phenomenally successful The Broken ShoreMore

Phoebe Weston-Evans reviews Animalia by Jean-Baptiste Del Amo, translated by Frank Wynne

Phoebe Weston-Evans
05 July 2019

If you’re squeamish, this book probably isn’t for you. Each page delivers shocking or mundane violence and descriptions of guts and gore so frank they become a kind of poetry. There is More

Geordie Williamson reviews 'Diary of a Bad Year' by J.M. Coetzee

Geordie Williamson
21 June 2019

In 1880, Turgenev visited Tolstoy at his country estate after a long period of estrangement, only to discover that the great novelist had, in the interim, renounced art in favour of ethica More

Raimond Gaita reviews 'The President of Good & Evil: The ethics of George W. Bush' by Peter Singer

Raimond Gaita
07 June 2019

On the face of it, this book represents a strange project: to elaborate for the reader’s consideration the moral beliefs of a man whom the author judges (and judged in advance, one suspe More

Alan Atkinson reviews 'Dancing with Strangers' by Inga Clendinnen

Alan Atkinson
03 June 2019

Anyone who heard Inga Clendinnen’s 1999 Boyer Lectures or who has listened to her in any other way will hear her voice clearly in More

Johanna Leggatt reviews City of Trees: Essays on life, death and the need for a forest by Sophie Cunningham

Johanna Leggatt
29 April 2019

When Peter Tompkins and Christopher Bird wrote The Secret Life of Plants (1975), many critics labelled their attempt to prove a spiritual link between people and plants as mystica More

Alice Nelson reviews Room for a Stranger by Melanie Cheng

Alice Nelson
22 April 2019

What does it mean to live in a place but never to fully belong to it? How does our capacity for intimacy alter when we are in exile? How do we forge an identity among haphazard collisions 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

Frank Bongiorno reviews From Secret Ballot to Democracy Sausage: How Australia got compulsory voting by Judith Brett

Frank Bongiorno
18 April 2019

In July 1924, a Tasmanian senator from the conservative Nationalist Party, Herbert Payne, introduced a bill to bring about compulsory voting in Australian national elections. His proposal More

Paul Giles reviews A Season on Earth by Gerald Murnane

Paul Giles
25 March 2019

A Season on Earth is the original version of Gerald Murnane’s second published novel, A Lifetime on Clouds, which appeared in 1976. The story behind this book’s publi More

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