Commentary

Editorial on ABR's 400th issue by Peter Rose

Peter Rose
23 March 2018

A cynic once remarked that an editor needs two things: good grammar and a long memory. But we all know there’s a bit more to it than that. As we prepare to send the April issue to press More

'Odysseus and me' by Andrea Goldsmith

Andrea Goldsmith
23 March 2018

I have always believed that, at a personal level, anything is possible, that if I desire to be a particular someone or do a particular something, I can. All my desires have been realistic: More

'Defying the moment' by Beejay Silcox

Beejay Silcox
22 March 2018

Moments began as medieval measures, the time it took for a sundial’s blade of shadow to shift – ninety seconds or so, depending on the season. A slice of sunlight. A moment now carries More

'When sport and politics collide' by Kieran Pender

Kieran Pender
16 November 2017

Politicians in ancient Greece were well acquainted with the alluring intersection between sport and politics. Alcibiades, an ambitious aristocrat, entered seven chariots in the 416 More

'Victory for Equality' by Peter Rose

Peter Rose
14 November 2017

Australian Book Review – like millions of Australians and thousands of organisations – is a strong supporter of same-sex marriage. We welcome the endorsement of marriage equal More

'A win for Namatjira' by Colin Golvan

Colin Golvan
06 November 2017

Following a concerted media and legal campaign, the Namatjira Legacy Trust has succeeded in securing the ownership of the copyright of Albert Namatjira following a recent resolution of cla More

'Adani and the Galilee Basin' by Susan Reid

Susan Reid
22 September 2017

No amount of modelling or scientific assessment can foresee the full extent of the damage that will eventuate if the Adani Group’s Carmichael Coal Mine goes ahead. It would be the larges More

'The same-sex marriage debate' by Peter Rose

Peter Rose
16 August 2017

For decades, centuries, millennia, homosexuals (here as elsewhere) have been insulted, blackmailed, beaten, incarcerated, and murdered. Even now homosexuality remains one of the principal More

Letter from Paris

Phoebe Weston-Evans
25 May 2017

Springtime allows Parisians to indulge their predilection for life en terrasse. Trees and gardens are blooming, neighbourhood markets and squares are coming alive, and the newly pedestrianised right bank of the Seine is busy with walkers and cyclists.

A rollerblading poet stopped to cadge some tobacco from a friend of mine as we were sitting outside a bar on ... More

'The Copyright of Albert Namatjira' by Colin Golvan

Colin Golvan
30 March 2017

You see them driving from Kings Canyon to Alice Springs, the majestic ghost white river gums depicted so faithfully in the paintings of Albert Namatjira. You would think you were looking a More

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