June 2022, no. 443

June 2022, no. 443

That there will no second term for the Morrison government will mean for many a winter of milder discontent. The subject of changing course looms large over our June issue, from John Harwood’s reconsideration of his mother Gwen Harwood’s legacy (making possible a new biography of the poet, also reviewed in this issue) to Linda Atkins’ refocusing of attention to wider social problems in the abortion debate. Elizabeth Tynan gives a timely reminder of the historic costs of colonial servility, while Ilana Snyder looks at the unrealised potential of the Gonski education reforms. In fiction, we review new titles by Douglas Stuart, Steve Toltz, Felicity McLean, and Ceridwen Dovey and Eliza Bell, while in poetry, we look at the latest by Sarah Holland-Batt, Emily Stewart, and Claire Potter. The inimitable Frances Wilson is our Critic of the Month. From convicts to caca (ahem), there’s plenty in store for the polymorphously curious!

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Full Contents

Theatre

Australia in 50 Plays by Julian Meyrick

Graphic Novel

Our Members Be Unlimited by Sam Wallman & Orwell by Pierre Christin and Sébastian Verdier, translated by Edward Gauvin

History

Convicts: A global history by Clare Anderson

Biography

Maria Theresa: The Habsburg empress in her time by Barbara Stollberg-Rilinger, translated by Robert Savage

Education

Waiting for Gonski: How Australia failed its schools by Tom Greenwell and Chris Bonnor

Poetry

Acanthus by Claire Potter & Glass Flowers by Diane Fahey

Poetry

The Jaguar by Sarah Holland-Batt

Poetry

Running time by Emily Stewart & Inheritance by Nellie Le Beau

Fiction

Mothertongues by Ceridwen Dovey and Eliza Bell

Fiction

The Signal Line by Brendan Colley

Fiction

Red by Felicity McLean

Fiction

Here Goes Nothing by Steve Toltz

Fiction

The Colony by Audrey Magee & The Leviathan by Rosie Andrews

Fiction

Young Mungo by Douglas Stuart

Memoir

Diplomatic: A Washington memoir by Joe Hockey with Leo Shanahan

Memoir

Ten Steps to Nanette by Hannah Gadsby

Poetry

Revenants by Adam Aitken

Letters to the Editor

by Hessom Razavi, Elizabeth Tynan, Susan Lever and Ian Campbell
Advances

News from ABR

True Crime

Operation Jungle by John Shobbrook