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Mark Peel and Christina Twomey: A History of Australia

Frank Bongiorno

Transcending obvious sources in a new short history

Frank Bongiorno

 

A History of Australia
by Mark Peel and Christina Twomey
Palgrave Macmillan, $49.95 pb, 320 pp, 9780230001640

 

‘The product under consideration is Shist.’ So be ... More

Hilary McPhee (ed.) with Ann Standish: Memoirs of a Young Bastard

John Thompson

Rampaging in Melbourne

John Thompson

 

Memoirs of a Young Bastard: The Diaries of Tim Burstall November 1953 to December 1954
edited by Hilary McPhee, with Ann Standish
Miegunyah Press, $59.99 hb, 368 pp, 9780522858143

 

With Tim Burst ... More

Hypocrisy in global refugee politics

Peter Mares

‘I’m illegal. So what?’

Peter Mares

 

Frontier Justice: The Global Refugee Crisis and What to Do About It
by Andy Lamey
University of Queensland Press, $34.95 pb, 416 pp, 9780702239311

 

Contesting Citizenship: Irregular Migrants an ... More

Brotherly themes in Martin Boyd’s A Difficult Young Man

Sonya Hartnett

Few writers, it could be argued, have ever cannibalised life for their art as ruthlessly and consistently as did Martin Boyd; and few are born into situations which lend themselves so readily to art. Boyd’s working life – indeed, much of his entire existence – was spent trying to unite the past with the present, the old world with the new, himself with the man ... More

Sanford Schwartz: The Age of Movies

Philippa Hawker

A sanitised version of a great contrarian

Philippa Hawker

 

The Age of Movies: Selected Writings of Pauline Kael
edited by Sanford Schwartz
The Library of America, US$40 hb, 852 pp, 9781598531091

 

Pauline Kael did not shy away from big statements. She ... More

Evelyn Juers reviews two new books on Dickens

Evelyn Juers

This is how Claire Tomalin closes her Dickens biography: ‘He left a trail like a meteor, and everyone finds their own version of Charles Dickens’, followed by a long list of types. I consider Dickens the surrealist, or thesentimentalist, but then I pick Dickens the tireless walker. And I concede, with Tomalin, that regarding h ... More

Shirley Walker reviews 'Nine Lives'

Shirley Walker

Susan Sheridan’s Nine Lives, a ‘group biography’, analyses the life stories and literary achievements of nine Australian women writers. The purpose, according to Sheridan, is not only to rediscover the life story of each, but also, by exploring their publishing and aesthetic context, to create a ‘fresh configuration’ of our literary history.

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