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Peter Heerey reviews 'An Officer and a Spy' by Robert Harris

Peter Heerey
12 May 2014

Some of the wildly successful historical novels of Richard Harris are counter-factual, like Fatherland (1992), which assumes a More

Kári Gíslason reviews 'His Stupid Boyhood: A memoir' by Peter Goldsworthy

Kári Gíslason
13 November 2013

Italo Calvino once observed that the ideal condition for a writer is ‘close to anonymity’, adding that ‘the more the author’s figure invades the field, the more the world he portra More

Gillian Terzis reviews 'Clive: Who is the real Clive Palmer?' by Sean Parnell

Gillian Terzis
17 October 2013

Even the most seasoned political observers would have been surprised at the Palmer United Party’s triumph at the federal election, which saw it claim three seats in the Senate. Was More

Dina Ross reviews 'My Mother, My Father' edited by Susan Wyndham

Dina Ross
09 October 2013

In A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius (2000), novelist Dave Eggers recounts the horror of losing both his parents within one year, leaving him and his sister as sole carers of their young brother. Eggers More

Virginia Lloyd reviews 'Profits of Doom' by Antony Loewenstein

Virginia Lloyd
02 October 2013

One of the literary legacies of the financial crisis is a type of travel writing focused on the local social, economic, and environmental effects of unfettered global capitalism. There are two types of such books. Mic More

Kári Gíslason reviews 'A History of Silence' by Lloyd Jones

Kári Gíslason
25 September 2013

When Mark Twain arrived in Watsons Bay in 1895, he called out from his ship that he was going to write a book about Australia. ‘I think I ought to start now. You know so much more 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

Jen Webb reviews 'The Swan Book' by Alexis Wright

Jen Webb
21 August 2013

‘Without an indigenous literature, people can remain alien in their own soil,’ wrote Miles Franklin, initiator of an Australian literary prize that has been awarded to just two Aboriginal writers: Kim Scott for Benang in 2000 and That Deadman Dance in 2011; and Alexis Wright for Carpentaria in 2007. Franklin, of course, didn’t mean I ... More

Jake Wilson reviews 'The Cinema of Steven Soderbergh' by Andrew deWaard and R. Colin Tait

Jake Wilson
13 August 2013

In many ways, Steven Soderbergh could be described as an exemplary postmodern film-maker: smart, prolific, and pragmatic, at ease with Hollywood blockbusters and low-budget experimen More

Gillian Terzis reviews 'Battlers and Billionaires' by Andrew Leigh

Gillian Terzis
22 July 2013

Bigger than Bradman and Phar Lap combined, no Australian legend has endured the ages quite like the ‘fair go’. Egalitarianism is a More

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