The outlook for America in Obama’s second term Morag Fraser
Fit audience of readers Bernadette Brennan
The cult of Rupert Murdoch Joel Deane
A copious biography of J.M. Coetzee Gillian Dooley
Shapes of feelings in Brian Castro Francesca Sasnaitis
When Nettie Palmer visited Henry Handel Richardson Brenda Niall
Asian Australian fiction in the Asian Century Alison Broinowski
The life of David Foster Wallace Shannon Burns
Artur Domosławski: Ryszard Kapuściński Sheila Fitzpatrick
Diana Wyndham: Norman Haire and the Study of Sex John Rickard
Sonya Hartnett (ed.): The Best Australian Stories 2012 Cassandra Atherton
Anthony Macris: Great Western Highway Patrick Allington
Graeme Simsion: The Rosie Project Jo Case
Jessie Cole: Darkness on the Edge of Town Romy Ash
Annabel Smith: Whisky Charlie Foxtrot Stephen Mansfield
Matthew Condon: The Toe Tag Quintet Simon Collinson
Ross Gibson: 26 Views of the Starburst World Andy Lloyd James
Valerie Eliot and John Haffenden (eds): The Letters of T.S. Eliot James McNamara
William Shawcross (ed.): Counting One’s Blessings Michael Shmith
Charles Rosen: Freedom and the Arts Michael Morley
Kelly Gellatly (ed.): 101 Contemporary Australian Artists Doug Hall
Lincoln Morag Fraser
Nikki Gemmell: Honestly Gillian Dooley
Jon Altman and Seán Kerins (eds): People on Country Richard J. Martin
Richard Broinowski: Fallout from Fukushima Gillian Terzis
‘Life Cycle of the Eel’ Sarah Holland-Batt
‘Fragile Pranks’ Emma Lew
Young Adult Fiction
James Roy: City Laura Elvery
Alison Croggon: Black Spring Bec Kavanagh
Glyn Maxwell: On Poetry David McCooey
Simon Armitage: Walking Home Bronwyn Lea
Don Share and Christian Wiman (eds): The Open Door Stephen Edgar
Jennifer Maiden: Liquid Nitrogen Kate Middleton
Graeme Kinross-Smith: Available Light Mike Ladd
Alan Wearne: Prepare the Cabin for Landing Peter Kenneally
Julianne Schultz (ed.): Griffith Review 38 Imogen Smith
J.H. Elliott: History in the Making Norman Etherington
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Australian Book Review welcomes, and is pleased to contribute, to Reading Australia, a visionary new initiative of Copyright Agency’s Cultural Fund. Reading Australia will publish online resources for the teaching and study of Australian literature in Australian schools and universities. Distinguished Australian, scholars and commentators will appraise 200 major Australian books in stylish, helpful, accessible 2000-word essays, all intended to heighten our appreciation of Australian writing.
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Reading Australia essays commissioned and published by Australian Book Review:
Jessica Anderson (25 September 1916 – 9 July 2010) was an Australian novelist and short story writer. Anderson’s first novel, An Ordinary Lunacy was published in 1963. Since then she has received many awards for her work including winning the prestigious Miles Franklin award, twice (for Tirra Lirra By the River in 1978 and for The Impersonators in 1980).
Kerryn Goldsworthy has written about Tirra Lirra by the River as part of the Reading Australia initiative. Click here to read her essay.
Further reading and links
Susan Sheridan's essay 'Tirra Lirra and Beyond - Jessica Anderson’s truthful fictions', published in the September 2010 issue of ABR.
Jane Gleeson-White’s ‘Farewell Jessica Anderson (1916–2010) – and thanks’ published in Overland.
Reading Australia's Teaching Resources
Thea Astley (25 August 1925–17 August 2004) was an Australian novelist and short story writer. Her first novel, Girl with a Monkey, was published in 1958. She was a prolific and multi-award-winning writer who published fifteen novels and two short story collections and won the Miles Franklin award four times (for The Well Dressed Explorer in 1962, for The Slow Natives in 1965, for The Acolyte in 1972, and then for her last novel, Drylands, in 2000). Other awards she received include: The Patrick White Award in 1989, The Age Book of the Year Award for A Kindness Cup in 1975, the 1980 James Cook Foundation of Australian Literature Studies Award for Hunting the Wild Pineapple, the 1986 ALS Gold Medal for Beachmasters, the 1988 Steele Rudd Award for It's Raining in Mango, the 1990 NSW Premier's Prize for Reaching Tin River, and the 1996 Age Book of the Year Award and the FAW Australian Unity Award for The Multiple Effects of Rainshadow.
Susan Sheridan has written about It’s Raining in Mango (1987) as part of the Reading Australia initiative. Click here to read her essay.
Further reading and links
Susan Wyndham’s ‘Literary World Mourns Thea Astley’ published in the Sydney Morning Herald, 18 August 2004.
Valerie Miner’s review of It’s Raining in Mango ‘Four Generations Down Under’ published in the LA Times, 22 November 1987.
Helen Garner (1942–) is an Australian novelist and non-fiction writer. Garner’s first novel, Monkey Grip, was published in 1977 and was adapted for film in 1981. Since then she has written many works of fiction, including The Children’s Bach (1984), Cosmo Cosmolino (1992), and The Spare Room (2008), as well as non-fiction, including The First Stone (1995), Joe Cinque’s Consolation (2004), and most recently The House of Grief (2014). She has won numerous literary awards and in 2006 she won the inaugural Melbourne Prize for Literature.
Bernadette Brennan has written about The Children's Bach (1984) as part of the Reading Australia initiative. Click here to read her essay.
Further reading and links
Peter Rose reviews Joe Cinque's Consolation (2004) in the September 2004 issue of ABR
Peter Rose reviews The Spare Room (2008) in the May 2008 issue of ABR
Felicity Plunkett reviews This House of Grief (2014) in the September 2014 issue of ABR
Jennifer Byrne interviews Helen Garner for The Book Club (aired 23/09/2014)
'Helen Garner visits the dark side of humanity'. Interview with Jennifer Byrne for ABC's Big Ideas (published 8/3/2010)
'A Pleasant Discord' Kathryn Kramer reviews The Children's Bach and Postcards from Surfers in the New York Times, December 7, 1986