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February 2013

Welcome to our first issue for 2013! Highlights include Morag Fraser’s annual letter from the US – about the state of play in Washington D.C. Bernadette Brennan reviews Geordie Williamson’s controversial book The Burning Library. The first biography of J.M. Coetzee is reviewed by Gillian Dooley. We have reviews of new fiction by Brian Castro and Graeme Simsion. Brenda Niall writes at length about tensions between Henry Handel Richardson and Nettie Palmer.

February 2013


Signs and portents

Morag Fraser

November in America signals a time to gather in, take stock and breathe a little. The elections are done by the end of the first week. Thanksgiving beckons, the high holidays begin, media ... More

Literary Studies

Fit audience of readers

Bernadette Brennan

As a reader, teacher, and scholar of Australian literature, I applaud any initiative directed towards increasing readers’ understanding of, and engagement with, Australian writing. Geord ... More


The cult of Rupert Murdoch

Joel Deane

Talk about unfortunate timing. On 10 December 2012, the New Yorker ran a lengthy profile on Elisabeth Murdoch, the older sister of Lachlan and Ja ... More


Gillian Dooley on 'J.M. Coetzee: A Life in Writing'

Gillian Dooley

When I heard that someone was writing Coetzee’s biography, I thought he must be either brave or foolish. After all, Coetzee’s own approach to autobiography is slippery, to say the leas ... More

Also in this issue

Street to Street

Francesca Sasnaitis

News from the Editor's Desk

The Editors

Letters to the Editor

Alan Gould et al.

Ryszard Kapuściński: A Life

Sheila Fitzpatrick

The Best Australian Stories 2012

Cassandra Atherton

The Rosie Project

Jo Case

Whisky Charlie Foxtrot

Stephen Mansfield

Honestly: Notes on Life

Gillian Dooley

Fallout from Fukushima

Gillian Terzis
Nuclear Studies

Fragile Pranks

Emma Lew


Laura Elvery
Young Adult Fiction

Black Spring

Bec Kavanagh
Young Adult Fiction

On Poetry

David McCooey
Literary Studies

Walking Home

Bronwyn Lea

Liquid Nitrogen

Kate Middleton

Available Light

Mike Ladd

Prepare the Cabin for Landing

Peter Kenneally

History in the Making

Norman Etherington

Life Cycle of the Eel

Sarah Holland-Batt
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