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About Reading Australia

Australian Book Review is pleased to contribute to Reading Australia, a visionary 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, 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

Agnes Nieuwenhuizen on A.J. Betts's Zac and Mia

Ruth Starke on Isobelle Carmody's The Gathering

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

Kerryn Goldsworthy on Robert Dessaix's A Mother's Disgrace

Alice Pung on Garry Disher's The Divine Wind

Kerryn Goldsworthy on Richard Flanagan's The Narrow Road to the Deep North

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

Felicity Plunkett on Steven Herrick's by the river

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

Gary Crew on Shaun Tan's The Lost Thing

Kerryn Goldsworthy on Christos Tsiolkas's The Slap

Billy Griffiths on David Unaipon's Legendary Tales of the Australian Aborigines

James McNamara on David Williamson's The Removalists

Felicity Castagna on Markus Zusak's The Messenger