Rachel Buchanan reviews 'A Concise History of New Zealand' by Philippa Mein

Rachel Buchanan
20 January 2012

New Zealand coins often sneak into Australian purses. Both currencies bear the queen’s, and some coins have common colonial symbols on the front (Cook’s Endeavour on the Kiwi More

Norman Etherington reviews 'An Eye for Eternity: The Life of Manning Clark' by Mark McKenna

Norman Etherington
25 November 2011

Recognising biography as ‘one of the new terrors of death’, the eighteenth-century wit John Arbuthnot made sure his life would be sparsely documented. Manning Clark, preoccupied with h More

Wilfrid Prest reviews 'The Reformation of the Landscape' by Alexandra Walsham

Wilfrid Prest
24 November 2011

Australian universities have long taught early modern (c.1500–1750) English/British and European history, but with Alexandra Walsham’s recent appointment as the first female t More

Prudence Black: The Flight Attendant's Shoe

Susan Sheridan
24 November 2011

Total demeanour

Susan Sheridan


The Flight Attendant’s Shoe
by Prudence Black
New South, $49.95 pb, 368 pp, 9781742232560


The international air hostess was the ultimate twentieth-century modern girl – mobile, cosmopolitan, glamorous. She was pai ... More

Patrick McCaughey reviews 'The Donald Friend Diaries' by Ian Britain

Patrick McCaughey
16 November 2011

For some sixty years Donald Friend kept a diary, making his final entry just days before his death in 1989 at the age of seventy-four. The National Library of Australia published them in f More

John Thompson reviews 'The West and the Map of the World: A Reappraisal of the Past' by Matthew Richardson

John Thompson
15 November 2011

Placed on a coffee table – its likely destination – this handsome book will have its greatest appeal to the idle browser. With its generous illustrations of remarkably beautiful early More

Christopher Menz reviews 'Victorian Visions' by Richard Beresford

Christopher Menz
15 November 2011

For an Australian collector to have amassed one substantial and internationally recognised collection of Victorian art during the late twentieth century is unusual. Having parted with the More

Lyndon Megarrity reviews 'Australian Historical Studies, Volume 41, Issue 2' by Richard Broome and Dianne Kirkby

Lyndon Megarrity
15 November 2011

Australian Historical Studies (AHS), which can be traced back to the 1940s, has developed into one of Australia’s leading social science More

Geoffrey Blainey reviews 'The Biggest Estate on Earth: How Aborigines Made Australia' by Bill Gammage

Geoffrey Blainey
25 October 2011

This bold book, with its lucid prose and vivid illustrations, will be discussed for years to come. It is not original in the narrow sense of the word, but it takes an important idea to new More

Darrell Lewis reviews 'Into the Unknown: The Tormented Life and Expeditions of Ludwig Leichhardt' by John Bailey

Darrell Lewis
25 October 2011

In 1848 Ludwig Leichhardt and half a dozen companions set out from Queensland’s Darling Downs, intending to cross the continent to the Swan River Colony in Western Australia. The entire More

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