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
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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.
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:
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
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.
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.
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.
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.