June-July 2016, issue no. 381

General (24)

Friday, 27 April 2012 14:49

ABR FEBRUARY 2013, NO. 348

Written by


Purchase the February 2013 print edition

Purchase the February 2013 print edition



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

Australian History

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

Indigenous Studies

Jon Altman and Seán Kerins (eds): People on Country Richard J. Martin

Nuclear Studies

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

Literary Studies

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

Purchase the February 2013 print edition

Purchase the February 2013 print edition






Thursday, 23 February 2012 09:47


Written by

Enter your details below to receive ABR's E-NEWS bulletin.

Monday, 22 November 2010 15:32

Privacy & Security

Written by

australianbookreview.com.au and its owner Australian Book Review (hereinafter collectively 'ABR') recognise that your privacy is very important to you. We will not sell, trade, give or rent any information obtained from you to a third party. ABR may from time to time amend, update, or change this Statement. You should check this page periodically for changes to this Privacy Statement.

We acknowledge that we will collect and store information about you as part of offering services on the australianbookreview.com.au website. In this regard, we will act ethically and as evidence of this commitment, we will take reasonable steps to comply with the following principles in relation to the information you give to us about you.

1. Collection
ABR collects the personal data that you volunteer on registering online with australianbookreview.com.au, or through other forms, or by email. This information will only be collected by lawful and fair means.
In order to register with australianbookreview.com.au we require some basic information about you. We also allow you to provide additional non-required information on registration and at other times. Only information marked, as ‘required’ during registration is needed to use services on australianbookreview.com.au. This information is used for identification purposes and to contact you when necessary.

2. Use and disclosure
ABR requires you to provide certain information about yourself in order to provide services to you. We will not rent, sell or exchange information about you to third parties (other than related parties) except where you consent, or except where you would expect the information to be disclosed, or except where we have indicated we may disclose; or except where we are legally obliged to disclose such information.

3. Data quality
ABR will take reasonable steps to ensure that information we have about you is accurate, complete and up to date when we collect and use it.

4. Data security
ABR will take reasonable steps to ensure that the personal information we hold about you is kept secure at all times.
ABR will limit access to your personal information to employees and data processors that need it to carry out the service provided by us except where we inform you otherwise. Our employees and data processors are obliged to respect the confidentiality of clients' and website visitors' personal data. ABR will reinforce with other employees the policies and practices in relation to safeguarding personal information of clients and visitors, preventing its unauthorised access, use or disclosure, and ensuring its proper handling.

5. Openness
ABR will be honest and open with you about the type of personal information that is collected about you and the actual use of any such information. By giving out your personal information, or filling in the entry or application form, you have consented to the use of this information in future, for marketing campaigns that ABR feels you may be interested in. At any time you have the option to opt out from receiving any future marketing material by simply sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. stating your name and the email address you wish to have removed from future mailings.

6. Anonymity
You can access the australianbookreview.com.au and browse that website without disclosing personal information. ABR will, wherever it is lawful and practicable, give you the option of not identifying yourself to us except where it is necessary to use our website services.

7. Transfer of Data
ABR will take reasonable steps to ensure that if any information you give us about you will remain subject to the protection given by our Privacy Statement or another statute or binding scheme which is substantially similar to this Privacy Statement.

8. Sensitive information
ABR will not collect information that is considered highly personal or highly sensitive about you. For example, information relating to your racial or ethnic origin, religious or philosophical beliefs, sexual orientation or in relation to your health will not be collected by us.

9. Credit Card Processing
Credit Card processing for online purchases via australianbookreview.com.au is provided by the eWAY® payment gateway service (eway.com.au). eWAY is a Tier 1 Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) compliant, the highest level achievable. eWAY is externally audited by an approved QSA to ensure that all policies and standards set by the PCI Security Standards Council are upheld. By being fully approved under the highest level of compliance you can be assured that your details remain secure throughout your purchase.

australianbookreview.com.au also uses industry standard Secure Socket Layer (SSL 3.0) encryption technology to secure communication sessions with customers and merchants. australianbookreview.com.au SSL Certificates are provided by rapidssl.com, a leading global Certification Authority.

10. Coverage and Complaints
Our Privacy Statement covers Australian Book Review ABN 21176539338 ARBN A0037102z and the website at australianbookreview.com.au.

If you would like to make a complaint on the basis that you feel your privacy has been breached because we have failed to comply with this Privacy Statement, you should contact us using the following methods:

Postal Address:
Australian Book Review
PO Box 2320
Richmond, South, Victoria, 3121
Telephone: (03) 9429 6700
Fax: (03) 9429 2288
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Primary contact: Mark Gomes

Monday, 22 November 2010 15:24

Terms & Conditions

Written by

Pictures are for illustration purposes only - not all pictures are an exact representation of the product listed.
All care is taken to ensure that pricing is current and accurate at time of upload, however we take no responsibility for typographical errors.
Any incorrect pricing will be immediately corrected upon notification to australianbookreview.com.au.

Australian Book Review
welcomes discussion and debate through its Comments facility. We encourage readers to comment on reviews and articles published in ABR. When doing so please bear the following in mind:

  • Comments are pre-moderated by staff before publication
  • Comments will not be edited, apart from misspellings
  • We encourage commenters to state their full name, in the interest of openness
  • Please keep comments reasonably brief and pertinent to the topic
  • We do not publish comments that incite hatred or violence
  • We do not publish comments that are legally dubious, i.e. those that contain defamatory material or that infringe copyright laws
  • Gratuitous abuse of authors, critics or commentators is not acceptable
  • Do not use our comments section for spam or commercial purposes
  • Comments may be published in the print edition, subject to editing

REFUND POLICY – australianbookreview.com.au MERCHANDISE
Please choose carefully as we do not give refunds simply because you changed your mind or made a wrong decision. You can choose between a refund, exchange or credit where goods are found on receival to be faulty, wrongly described, or different from a sample shown. Please retain your receipt for proof of purchase.

australianbookreview.com.au may from time to time offer products for sale from other publishers, manufacturers and distributors and may update this Terms & Conditions page accordingly. You should check this page periodically for changes to Terms & Conditions.

All freight and delivery costs within Australia, including packaging and handling, are either included in the price of each item listed for sale in the australianbookreview.com.au online store or are listed separately with each item. Goods will be delivered to the address nominated by the purchaser within the estimated timeframes as follows (all 'days' are working days):
Victoria – 3 to 5 days.
Australian States other than Victoria – 3 to 10 days.
All goods will be sent via standard freight or postal services unless prior arrangements have been made with australianbookreview.com.au and any additional costs for other delivery methods agreed.
All international freight and delivery costs, including packaging and handling, are either included in the price of each item listed for sale in the australianbookreview.com.au online store or are listed separately with each item. Goods will be delivered to the regions nominated by the purchaser within the estimated timeframes as follows (all 'days' are working days):
Asia and New Zealand – 7 to 10 days.
Rest of the World – 7 to 10 days.

The australianbookreview.com.au online store accepts online real-time payment via credit cards including VISA and MASTERCARD. Unfortunately we cannot accept COD (cash on delivery). By prior arrangement we can accept money orders, cheques and/or direct deposits, please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
All prices listed in the australianbookreview.com.au online store are in Australian Dollars ($AUD) and include GST.
See also our Privacy and Security Statement here for more details on our secure online credit card processing provided via SSL and the eWAY® payment gateway service.

For further details or assistance regarding refunds or warranties, contact:

Postal Address:
Australian Book Review
Studio 2, 207–229 City Road
Southbank, Victoria 3006
Telephone: (03) 9699 8822
Fax: (03) 9699 8803
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  
Primary contact: Amy Baillieu



Tuesday, 26 February 2013 05:02

Online Store

Written by
Online store content to come...
Monday, 12 May 2014 10:25

Website news

Written by

We last redesigned our website in March 2013, and the increase in usage and appreciation was immediate. But all websites need to evolve, and ours is no different. We realise that the current website isn’t meeting all our high standards for ABR Online (e.g. certain pages take too long to load). We have listened to feedback from subscribers, survey respondents, and those who have emailed us or contacted us over social media. We are most grateful for your feedback.

Our trusty web developer is hard at work on a new, speedier version of ABR Online. The revamped website will feature a newsier home page and contents pages that are quicker to load and that will make it easier for you to locate the features that interest you. We will also make sure that logging in to ABR Online is more intuitive for individual subscribers. Arts Update will be much more prominent and well ordered.

The new ABR website will be launched in June – the next step in our digital expansion.

Best wishes


Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:48

About Reading Australia

Written by

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.

ABR will commission and publish some of these essays (and refers our readers to the Reading Australia website for the others). Some of the ABR essays will appear in print. All of them will appear on our website. Students and general readers will learn much from these succinct essays.

Reading Australia essays commissioned and published by Australian Book Review:

Kerryn Goldsworthy on Jessica Anderson's Tirra Lirra by the River

Susan Sheridan on Thea Astley's It's Raining in Mango

Ruth Starke on Isobelle Carmody's The Gathering

Brian Matthews on Marcus Clarke's For the Term of His Natural Life

Danielle Clode on Tim Flannery's Here on Earth

Kári Gíslason on Raimond Gaita's Romulus, My Father

Bernadette Brennan on Helen Garner's The Children's Bach

Miriam Cosic on Germaine Greer's The Female Eunuch

Peter Craven on Kate Grenville's Lilian's Story

Judith Rodriguez on Jack Hibberd's Dimboola

Delys Bird on Elizabeth Jolley's Miss Peabody's Inheritance

Tony Birch on Thomas Keneally's The Chant of Jimmie Blacksmith

Morag Fraser on Alex Miller's Journey to the Stone Country

Susan Lever on John Romeril's The Floating World

Patrick Allington on Kim Scott's That Deadman Dance

Peter Kirkpatrick on Kenneth Slessor's One Hundred Poems: 1919–1939

Kerryn Goldsworthy on Christos Tsiolkas's The Slap

James McNamara on David Williamson's The Removalists

Wednesday, 11 February 2015 13:27

Jessica Anderson

Written by

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).

Jessica Anderson 1986 (photograph by Alec Bolton National Library of Australia)Jessica Anderson 1986 (photograph by Alec Bolton National Library of Australia)

Reading Australia

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.

Claire Corbett's essay ‘Jessica Anderson's Tirra Lirra by the River published in Overland.

Jane Gleeson-White’s ‘Farewell Jessica Anderson (1916–2010) – and thanks’ published in Overland.

Reading Australia's Teaching Resources

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 11:53

Kim Scott

Written by

Professor Kim Scott (1957-) is an award-winning indigenous author. His books include True Country (1993), Benang (1999), Kayang and Me (with Hazel Brown, 2005), and That Deadman Dance (2010). He has won the Miles Franklin Literary Award twice (for Benang and That Deadman Dance) and has also been awarded the Australian Literature Society's Gold Medal (2011). Kim is the founder and chair of the Wirlomin Noongar Language and Story Project which has resulted in the publication of four English/Noongar language picture books through UWA Publishing: Mamang (2011), Noongar Mambara Bakitj (2011), Dwoort Baal Kaat (2014), and Yira Boornak Nyininy (2014).Kim is currently Professor of Writing at Curtin University.Kim Scott (Pan Macmillan)Kim Scott (Pan Macmillan)

Reading Australia

Patrick Allington, author, lecturer and ABR Patrons Fellow, has written on That Deadman Dance for ABR as part of  the Reading Australia project. Click here to read his essay.

Further reading and links

Carol Birch reviews ‘That Deadman Dance by Kim Scott – review’ for The Guardian, 8 December 2012

Review by Morag Fraser ‘That Deadman Dance’ in the Sydney Morning Herald, 13 January 2011

Kim Scott wins prestigious Miles Franklin’, ABC News, 22 June 2011

The Case for Kim Scott’s “That Deadman Dance"’ by Tony Hughes-D’Aeth published by The Conversation, 19 February 2014

Patrick Allington reviews That Deadman Dance for the October 2010 issue of Australian Book Review

Rebekah Clarkson reviews The Best Australian Stories 2013, edited by Kim Scott, in the Febraruy 2014 issue of Australian Book Review.

Christine Nicholls reviews Mamang (2011) and Noongar Mambara Bakitj (2011)

Christine Nicholls reviews Dwoort Baal Kaat (2014) and Yira Boornak Nyininy (2014) in the December 2014 issue of Australian Book Review.

Wednesday, 27 May 2015 15:26

Kate Grenville

Written by

Kate Grenville (1950–) is an award-winning Australia author of fiction, memoir and non-fiction, Kate’s first publication was the short story collection Bearded Ladies (1984). She has gone on to publish a total of thirteen books in the last thirty years including her most recent one, One Life (2015). Several of Kate’s works have been adapted for stage and screen, including Lilian’s Story (1996) starring Toni Collette She won the Commonwealth Prize for Literature in 2006 for The Secret River (2005) which was also shortlisted for both the Man Booker and Miles Franklin awards. The Secret River was adapted as a play by Andrew Bovell in 2012 and a television mini-series will be released in 2015.

Kate Grenville - photograph by Darren James - croppedKate Grenville (photograph by Darren James)

Reading Australia

Australian literary critic Peter Craven has written about Lilian’s Story for Australian Book Review as part of the Reading Australia project. Click here to read his essay.

Further reading and links

An article about the inspiration behind the Lilian:  'Eccentric City: Bea Miles' by Bruce Elder, SMH, 13 Jan 2012

'Lilian’s Story:Readers Notes' published by Kate Grenville on her website

A Wheeler Centre recording of Kate Grenville and Ramona Koval discussing Lilian's Story at an event in 2012. 

Australian Dictionary of Biography entry on Bea Miles by Judith Allen.

Open Page with Kate Grenville from the April 2015 issue of Australian Book Review.

Bernadette Brennan reviews One Life by Kate Grenville in the April 2015 issue of Australian Book Review.

Sophie Cunningham reviews Sarah Thornhill by Kate Grenville in the October 2011.

Page 1 of 2
Australian Book Review Logo

Studio 2
207 City Road
Southbank VIC 3006

Tel: (03) 9699 8822
Fax: (03) 9699 8803

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Close Panel

ABR Online Login