Neal Blewett reviews 'Not for the Faint-hearted: A personal reflection on life, politics and purpose' by Kevin Rudd

Neal Blewett
05 March 2018

It has already become a cliché: Kevin Rudd’s memoir, 'Not for the Faint-Hearted', is not for the faint-hearted. More than 600 densely packed pages long, it contains some 230,000 words a More

Dion Kagan reviews 'Desire: A memoir' by Jonathan Dollimore

Dion Kagan
01 March 2018

In one of my pedagogical fantasies, I design the curriculum for a course called ‘Modern Theories of Desire’. My students read Marx, Beauvoir, Foucault, and Butler. They study Hegel on More

Dennis Altman reviews 'Logical Family: A memoir' by Armistead Maupin

Dennis Altman
22 February 2018

When the first volume in the Tales of the City series was published in 1978, Armistead Maupin tells us disarmingly in his new memoir, it flopped. Yet the series, which had begun a More

Danielle Clode reviews 'Adventures of a Young Naturalist: The Zoo Quest expeditions' by David Attenborough

Danielle Clode
19 December 2017

David Attenborough turned ninety last year. In a short animation celebrating his birthday, two Aardman penguins muse on their first meeting with the famous naturalist. ‘There’s somethi More

Susan Wyndham reviews 'The Vanity Fair Diaries: 1983–1992' by Tina Brown

Susan Wyndham
19 December 2017

Tina Brown hit the ground partying in New York when she arrived in 1983 to revive the struggling Condé Nast magazine ...


Mimi Biggadike reviews 'Coming to my Senses: The making of a counterculture cook' by Alice Waters

Mimi Biggadike
19 December 2017

It is a colourful and turbulent life Alice Waters leads. Thankfully, it is turbulent in the fruitful sense, a process of regeneration and creation so nimbly edited into her autobiography . More

Richard Walsh reviews 'Memoirs' by Mike Willesee

Richard Walsh
19 December 2017

Mike Willesee has been one of the giants of the Australian media for over half a century. He was a major force in television for most of those years; but he began his life in print journal More

Brenda Niall reviews 'A Life of My Own' by Claire Tomalin

Brenda Niall
19 December 2017

When a biographer tells her own story, the rules change. Because the subject is the self, the problem is not so much a search for the unknown, but what to tell about the known and how to t More

James McNamara reviews 'How Not To Be A Boy' by Robert Webb and 'This Is Going To Hurt: Secret diaries of a junior doctor' by Adam Kay

James McNamara
24 November 2017

The literary world too often disdains comedy writing as unserious. It rarely features in our grander prizes, and is usually relegated to literature’s cheap seats. This is, of course, sil More

Ceridwen Spark reviews 'The Book of Thistles' by Noëlle Janaczewska

Ceridwen Spark
24 November 2017

Every Saturday around Australia, the suburbs hum with the sound of lawnmowers. While cutting grass, the mowers simultaneously decapitate the milk thistles (also known as sow thistles) that More

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