Essays & reportage

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Helen Simpson’s Under Capricorn made a decades-long journey from novel to film to TV to DVD. Alfred Hitchcock’s version was a revealing stop-off along the way, writes Tanya Dalziell

30 May 14 |

Unravelling “Australia’s own McCarthy era”

For years the Labor Party clung to the belief that the defection of Vladimir Petrov was orchestrated by the Menzies government to influence the result of the 1954 election. Jack Waterford looks at what really happened during those remarkable months sixty years ago


This narrated life

Storytelling may fit the zeitgeist, but there are truths it can’t reach, writes Maria Tumarkin

21 May 14 |

The remarkable persistence of power and privilege

A new study finds social status rippling across the centuries, writes Andrew Leigh

30 Apr 14 |

The insurgent from Indi

Brett Evans catches up with federal parliament’s newest independent MP


New Darwin: bonanza and cataclysm

In this extract from her new book, Tess Lea takes an aerial view of the future of the Northern Territory capital

26 Apr 14 |

Portrait of the politician as a young man

In this extract from Mike Steketee and Milton Cockburn’s biography, first published in 1986, Neville Wran – who died earlier this week – arrives in Balmain, leaves Balmain, appears on the radio, considers becoming an actor, and joins the Sydney University Liberal Club

22 Apr 14 |

eBook: Climate change and equity

This eBook features Tim Senior’s recently announced prize-winning entry in the Gavin Mooney Essay Prize for 2013, together with the four runners-up

17 Apr 14 |