Non Fiction

Maggie MacKellar reviews 'You Daughters of Freedom' by Clare Wright

Maggie MacKellar
25 October 2018

When Clare Wright’s new history, You Daughters of Freedom: The Australians who won the vote and inspired the world, landed in my mailbox, I opened it with some trepidation. It w More

David Garrioch reviews 'Europe: A Natural History' by Tim Flannery

David Garrioch
25 October 2018

If the past is a foreign country, the distant past is a very foreign one indeed. Tim Flannery’s new book takes us deep into the prehistory of Europe. Climbing aboard the time machine tha More

Shaun Crowe reviews 'Rusted Off: Why country Australia is fed up' by Gabrielle Chan

Shaun Crowe
25 October 2018

I have only been to Harden-Murrumburrah once, the small town where journalist Gabrielle Chan moved in 1996, leaving the Canberra press gallery to live on a farm with her husband. It was on More

Varun Ghosh reviews 'Fear: Trump in the White House' by Bob Woodward

Varun Ghosh
25 October 2018

Fear: Trump in the White House by Bob Woodward opens with an astonishing incident. In September 2017, Gary Cohn, President Trump’s top economic adviser, removed a letter from th More

Astrid Edwards reviews 'Boys Will Be Boys' by Clementine Ford

Astrid Edwards
24 October 2018

Clementine Ford’s Boys Will Be Boys is a timely contribution to feminist literature. Her central point is clear and confronting, and it represents something of a challenge. Ford More

Felicity Plunkett reviews 'Writers on Writers: Ceridwen Dovey on J.M. Coetzee'

Felicity Plunkett
15 October 2018

To imagine this possessiveness in voyeuristic terms – something I find creepy with its note of control or ridicule – strikes me as a way to manage both the erotic charge of reading and the uncomfortable distance b More

Louise Adler reviews 'Bibi: The turbulent life and times of Benjamin Netanyahu' by Anshel Pfeffer

Louise Adler
08 October 2018

In 1901 the cultural Zionist Israel Zangwill, borrowing a phrase from Lord Shaftesbury, declared, ‘Palestine is a country without a people, the Jews are a people without a country.’ Th More

Kieran Pender reviews 'Crossing the Line: How Australian cricket lost its way' by Gideon Haigh

Kieran Pender
08 October 2018

‘To me,’ Shane Warne once said, ‘cricket is a simple game.’ Australia’s best-ever bowler may not be a renowned sporting philosopher, but his words echo throughout Gideon Haigh’ More

David Trigger reviews 'The Tall Man' by Chloe Hooper

David Trigger
26 September 2018
Chloe Hooper has written an insightful and intensely personal book about the death of an Aboriginal man in police custody on Palm Island off Townsville in north Queensland. In late 2004, Came More

Gillian Wills reviews 'A Coveted Possession: The rise and fall of the piano in Australia' by Michael Atherton

Gillian Wills
26 September 2018

In Australia’s golden age of piano production, between 1870 and 1930, the piano was, as Michael Atherton notes, ‘as much a coveted possession as a smartphone or an iPad is today’. Th More

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