Non Fiction

Bridget Griffen-Foley reviews 'Stop the Presses!'

Bridget Griffen-Foley
Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Fairfax Media, which has churned out millions of words since its beginnings in Sydney in the 1830s, has itself inspired hundreds of thousands of words in the last year or so. First came Colleen Ryan’s Fairfax: The Rise and Fall (June 2013), followed by Pamela Williams’ Killing Fairfax (July 2013). Now comes Stop the Presses! by Ben Hills, a ...

Luke Horton reviews 'Boyhood Island'

Luke Horton
Tuesday, 23 September 2014

In Boyhood Island, the third volume in Karl Ove Knausgaard’s internationally acclaimed My Struggle cycle, we are taken back to where the series began: an island in southern Norway, seven-year-old Karl Ove and his older brother Yngve live under the tyranny of a cruel and taciturn father in the mid-1970s. Unlike the first volume, A Death in the Fami ...

Peter Rose on Erik Jensen

Peter Rose
Tuesday, 23 September 2014
Peter Rose reviews Erik Jensen’s unusual memoir of his relationship with the troubled artist Adam Cullen.

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Peter Mares reviews two titles on asylum seekers

Peter Mares
Tuesday, 23 September 2014

Peter Mares reviews two memoirs which offer new perspectives on the problems faced by asylum seekers.

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Letter from Ukraine

Scott McCulloch
Tuesday, 23 September 2014

ABR contributor Scott McCulloch writes about his recent encounters, experiences, and realisations while travelling in Ukraine.

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Cassandra Atherton interviews Ben Ball

Cassandra Atherton
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Ben Ball was born in Melbourne in 1970. He grew up in London, New York, and Sydney, and went to school in all of these places. He completed an Arts/Law degree, in Australia, ‘more or less entirely to create the pleasing symmetry B. Ball, BA, LLB’. In the United Kingdom he undertook an M.Phil in C ...

Mary Cunnane on pitching and cupcakes

Mary Cunnane
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

One afternoon some three decades or more ago in a stuffy conference room at W.W. Norton & Company, the New York publishing firm where I then worked, the semi-annual sales conference was underway. Assembled were the national sales reps and the marketing team, members of the editorial board, the publicity director and senior publicists, and our president and chair ...

Maria Takolander on what makes a story compelling

Maria Takolander
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

What makes a story compelling? When I was an undergraduate student at Deakin University, I was fortunate enough to be instructed in fiction writing by Gerald Murnane. His key criterion for the worth of a story was its capacity to mark his memory with an enduring image. Over time he used to cull books from his shelves that failed to impress him in this way.

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Graeme Miles reviews 'Leaves of Glass'

Graeme Miles
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Between 1889 and 1892, young Australian poet Bernard O’Dowd corresponded with the ageing Walt Whitman. Leaves of Glass, David Prater’s second collection, vividly imagines this long-distance relationship. This is not, however, a historical novel in verse. It refracts the correspondence through a perpetually shifting series of voices and forms, from heavily ...

Rose Lucas reviews 'Kin'

Rose Lucas
Tuesday, 26 August 2014

Kin, Anne Elvey’s first full collection of poetry, brings together a wide range of poems full of light and the acuity of close attention. These poems focus on a world of inter-relationships where tree and water, creature and human, air and breathing, coexist – suggestive of an underlying philo-sophy of humility and acceptance. This is a world which envisions at least the potential of ...

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