An unknown, an interloper, a feminist

Eilean Giblin touched much that was formative in twentieth-century Australia, writes Sybil Nolan

05 Mar 14 | Comments (1)

Digging into the resource curse

The life stories of four mining magnates illuminate where Australia’s economy is headed, writes Michael Gilding. The political and social effects could be profound

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Red in tooth and claw

Politics is hard and democracy is messy. Brett Evans reviews two new books that help explain why it doesn’t all end in disaster

21 Feb 14 | Comments (0)

Too much talent

A new collection of letters traces the life of the “outrageously gifted” composer of West Side Story, writes Andrew Ford

11 Feb 14 | Comments (0)

What kind of noise annoys an oyster?

Melancholy and occasionally joyous, the story of two “squinty daughters” doesn’t quite justify the pictures, writes Darren Tofts

14 Jan 14 | Comments (0)

Torn in two parts

On the anniversary of its publication, Bridget Griffen-Foley reviews John Douglas Pringle’s self-deprecating account of a much-admired career

21 Jun 13 | Comments (0)

The go-between

Richard Johnstone reviews Michael Jenkins’s A House in Flanders

09 May 13 | Comments (0)

The lion and the Lion City

Chris Lydgate reviews a new biography of Stamford Raffles, the contradictory colonialist who founded Singapore, and an account of a trip through the modern-day city state and its neighbour, Malaysia

12 Feb 13 | Comments (0)